El Hogar del Nino

Interim Executive Director & Urgent Action Team Client


The Nonprofit: El Hogar del Niño, was founded in 1972 in Pilsen and Little Village, predominantly Latino Chicago neighborhoods. Serving over 300 children and their families, El Hogar del Niño provides bilingual and bicultural head start, daycare, preschool, family case management and after school programs.


The Need: Swift action to stabilize El Hogar, which faced several threats to its organizational strength, including turnover in leadership at the Board and staff level, decline in program enrollment, decreased community and stakeholder engagement and a need for financial expertise.


ESC Solution: El Hogar chose a trained Interim Executives Director from ESC's placement pool to bridge its leadership gap. ESC deployed an Urgent Action Team of consultants with diverse skills and knowledge in financial management, human resources, strategic and business planning, board and fund development, communications, as well as a coach for the leadership team.

Immediate tangible benefit: From an organization once in significant distress, El Hogar today is building on the stability provided by ESC to look to the future. By strategically prioritizing, creating detailed action plans and addressing each issue, ESC strengthened the organization's staff and Board leadership, including hiring a new permanent Executive Director.

"ESC is such a deep resource. We never would have survived this transition without ESC's support."
–Cynthia Lau, President,

El Hogar del Niño