Our children:


Early childhood education can be the difference between being left behind and leading the way. At SouthSide, we’ve been helping kids become unstoppable for over 130 years.


Our Approach

A child’s developing world is a complex thing. In the earliest years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections form every second. How we interact with, respond to, and nurture children feeds or starves these connections, directly impacting brain development.*

We utilize brain research like this to develop holistic strategies to teach and care for our children at SouthSide.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to create lasting opportunity in the lives of our children—and their families—by providing the best in early childhood education and support services. 

Today, we do this through education, health, connection, and advocacy. This is how we create unstoppable futures.







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Our Programs

SouthSide serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years and their families. While little ones are playing, napping, and discovering their world, their brain architecture is being developed, determining so much more than we can imagine. We help families understand critical developmental milestones—and help them achieve their own goals. 

At SouthSide kids and their families thrive.


Early Childhood

The foundation of our early childhood program is the Creative Curriculum. Each day children take part in carefully planned experiences that promote their interest and growth in literacy, art, mathematics, science, social studies, music and movement. 


family support

Stable families are essential to healthy early childhood development. At SouthSide, families—however they are defined for our children—are our partners in their children’s education, social development and growth. 


Get Involved

We don’t do this alone—our wide network of supporters makes amazing things possible. Join us. 



Give your time, give your heart. SouthSide offers volunteer opportunities for middle, high school, and college students, as well as groups and individuals.

Meet our supporters

Our Board members and Young Friends are some of our greatest allies and advocates. Help us further our mission with your passion and expertise.

Stay Informed

Our work is ever-evolving—keep up with the latest in our Media Center. Check out additional Parent and Advocacy Resources, and connect with our Community Partners


High-quality birth-to-five programs for disadvantaged children can deliver a 13% per year return on investment.* 


"Why aren't we making investments in life-changing early childhood development for disadvantaged children? Two things: unfounded doubt, and fear of doing things differently."

—James Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics

Your donations help children and their families thrive. Thank you.