At the Collaboration for Early Childhood, we provide the resources and connections vital to every child’s opportunity for success in learning and in life. Work with us to create a bright future for our community.
Check Out the New Early Childhood Resource Directory!
Where can I find preschool or family child care? What does "quality child care" mean? Our Early Childhood Resource Directory has all the answers for those with young children in Oak Park, River Forest or Forest Park.
Parent Information & Support
You are your child's first and most important teacher. The Collaboration provides you with tools and resources for the first 5 years of your child's life. If you have questions, we have answers.
As a result of the differences in early childhood environments and experiences, approximately two-thirds of the achievement gap challenging Oak Park’s schools is in place when children walk through the kindergarten door. Furthermore, research shows that one of the best investments of public funds is in programs and services that support our very youngest children and their families.
The world doesn't change one person at a time.
It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what's possible.
This is good news for those of us intent on changing the world and creating a positive future.