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East St. Louis Center: Where Preparation and Opportunity Meet

East St. Louis Center: Where Preparation and Opportunity Meet

The mission of the SIUE East St. Louis Center (ESLC) is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in Greater East St. Louis in the areas of education, health, social services and the arts. The ESLC identifies urban community needs and opportunities through research and leverages resources to support students on campus and in the community. 

Having supported youth, adults and families in the Greater East St. Louis community for more than 50 years, the ESLC is committed to providing assistance and inspiring individuals and families to lead successful, healthy lives. ESLC grant-funded programs prepare youth in grades Pre-K-12 each year for successful futures.

- SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start: This early childhood program serves more than 1,500 families and youth from birth to age five, including children with special needs, in St. Clair County.

- Project Success: This after-school, tutorial enrichment program serves 102 children ages 5-14 who are in protective custody and are referred by the Department of Children and Family Services.

- TRIO Upward Bound: These tutoring, enrichment, and college prep counseling programs serve 245 high school students from low-income families and/or potential first-generation college graduates.

- Center for the Performing Arts: This summer performing arts program serves approximately 100 youth ages 5-17.

Located just 20 miles south of the SIUE campus, the ESLC connects the community with the research, faculty, students and credibility that a nationally recognized university brings. Partnerships include:

- SIUE East St. Louis Charter High School


- SIU Dental Clinic

- Student Nurse Achievement Program

- SIUE Institute for Urban Research

- SIUE Small Business Development Center

Graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from a vast array of academic disciplines, including psychology, social work, speech-language pathology, pharmacy, nursing, dental medicine, and education, work and volunteer in the many programs. The integration of services provides faculty and students the opportunity to professionally collaborate across disciplines to solve real-world issues using experiential learning.

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