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Gads Hill Center (GHC) aims to conduct WIC outreach, recruitment, and engagement for families in the city of Chicago.

By utilizing their diverse team of culturally competent staff, robust referral network, resources, and education for new parents, and their relationships with the surrounding neighborhood, GHC will quickly identify families who are eligible for WIC and help them enroll and participate in the program.

GHC has a unique affiliation with Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS), which gives them access to an important priority population. This relationship will allow them to connect Early Childhood Education services with WIC outreach.

GHC’s participation in WIC outreach efforts will serve as a model for other Early Childhood Education providers nationwide. Their program will provide precedent and insight for best practices for culturally competent engagement with clients, coordination between HS/EHS providers and WIC offices, and innovative strategies for collaboration with Early Childhood providers at the state and local levels.

Grant Duration

18 months

Grant Amount


Organization(s) Funded

Gads Hill Center


  • Illinois

Organization Type

Nonprofit Entity

Project Priority Population

  • Black and African American Communities
  • Families Utilizing Subsidized Child Care
  • Families with Limited English Proficiency
  • Families with Limited Transportation Options
  • Immigrant Families
  • Latina, Latino, Latinx, and/or Hispanic Communities

Strategies Used

Conduct Outreach Using Community-Level Data, Expand Partnerships