The FIC takes pride in offering office space for smaller organizations throughout the community. Here is a list of some of those organizations (click on a link to learn more and contact them directly):

TEC Services, Inc. - Online Computer Literacy and Certification Classes

Ounce of Prevention Fund - Early Childhood Education Programs

We The People Media - Quarterly Magazine covering Topics in Public Housing

CVR Inspections

Housing Choice Partners (HCP)

Chicago Area Project

East Lake Management


In partnership with CHA Office of Resident Services, TEC Services offers online courses at the Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center in basic computer training, internet, email, Microsoft Office Suite and other computer related courses.  These courses are designed to help CHA residents gain computer and software skills that will help them in employment or education.  If you are interested in improving your computer skills, please contact us at (630)305-7486 or you can email us at


Communications Department 
33 W. Monroe, Suite 2400 
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 922-3863

Educare Center
5044 South Wabash
Chicago Illinois, 60615

Our Mission

The Ounce of Prevention Fund invests in the healthy development of at-risk infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families. We use an innovative cycle of family-focused programs, research, training, policy analysis and advocacy to help young children succeed in school and throughout life.

We believe that:

  • Children are born learning,
  • High-quality care and education services beginning at birth are necessary to help children enter kindergarten safe, healthy and ready to learn, and
  • Investments in high-quality, early care and education programs for at-risk children yield the highest economic returns

Our Work

The Educare Center of Chicago is a state-of-the-art school open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to serve at-risk children from birth to five years of age. If you are interested in enrolling your child at the Ounce of Prevention Fund Chicago Educare Center please contact the center at 773-924-2334. More information about our Educare Center can be obtained on our web site via the link Enroll My Child. Recruitment of eligible children is happening now! The Ounce has partnered with the Buffett Early Childhood Fund to replicate the Educare model in communities across the country. As part of the Bounce Learning Network, Educare Centers share best practices and serve as catalysts for broader early childhood policy and systems change. 

In addition to our Educare Center, we provide Early Head Start programs at other locations in Chicago metropolitan area through partnerships with six community-based organizations.

The Ounce also conducts research, evaluation, training in our Illinois Birth to Three Institute, advocacy through the Kids Public Education and Policy Project and national policy consultation. Finally, through the First Five Years Fund we focus nationwide attention and resources on comprehensive, quality early care and learning programs for children birth to age five. 

The FIC Hayes Center serves as an administrative office for Ounce of Prevention Fund Staff. Many of the staff at the Hayes Center work directly with the children, families and staff at the Educare Center providing Literacy, Training, Health, Administrative and Supervisory services to the program.


4859 S. Wabash Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 726-5780

"What could be more exciting than people looked upon as the others writing of their lives. This is part of the oral history movement that preceded the Chinese invention of paper, that preceded the quill pen, and that preceded the typewriter." 

- Pulitzer Prize winner Studs Terkel, at the presentation of the Studs Terkel Award to the staff of We The People Media, April 19, 2006

We The People Media is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering public housing residents and other low-income Chicagoans. We The People Media publishes Residents’ Journal, an 11-year-old, national-award-winning magazine written for and by public housing tenants and distributed free of charge to 40,000 low-income households in the metropolitan area. Hundreds of thousands of inner city families rely on Residents' Journal to counter stereotypes of their communities and provide them with critical information about housing, policy changes and other coverage unavailable in the mainstream media. We The People Media also operates the Urban Youth International Journalism Program, a media skills training program for Chicago youths, a World Wide Web site,, and broadcasts "Residents' Journal TV" over the Cable Access Network. In addition to its own media outlets, We The People Media is a critical source of information about public housing and the housing needs of low-income communities for opinion-makers including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and National Public Radio as well as researchers at Columbia University and the Urban Institute. 

Ethan Michaeli, previously an investigative reporter with the Chicago Defender, founded Residents’ Journal in 1996 with a charter from public housing tenant leaders and funding from the Chicago Housing Authority. Michaeli created We The People Media in 2000, after CHA officials threatened the newspaper’s independence. In addition to Ethan, We The People Media is led by Editor in Chief Mary C. Johns, a public housing tenant who has become a national-award-winning journalist through her work at Residents' Journal over the past 12 years. We The People Media is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the McCormick Tribune Foundation and other philanthropies as well as private contributions and earned income.