Watch and Help Me Grow

We're Hiring!

The Collaboration for Early Childhood seeks an Administrator for office support.

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Watch and Help Me Grow
Watch and Help Me Grow

We're Hiring!

The Collaboration for Early Childhood seeks a Director of Development to lead its fundraising efforts in partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Apply by sending an email with your resume and cover letter to
Watch and Help Me Grow
Annual Symposium

Early Childhood Healthy Development Screening Day

August 31

11:00 - 2:00


Annual Symposium
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Collaboration for Early Childhood

The future begins at home

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.
Collaboration for Early Childhood
Early Childhood Directory

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.
Early Childhood Directory

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.

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Providers / Educators

Do you work with children from birth to age 5? The Collaboration offers you resources to provide families with the services they need and professional development to continue your training.

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Developmental Screening

Developmental screenings can improve a child’s health and well-being by identifying their strengths as well as any challenges which may exist. We offer details on referrals and next steps.

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We champion high-quality early childhood care and learning experiences and support for families so all children develop their full potential.

Early Childhood Resource Directory

Find Child Care, Preschools or Family Child Care

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  • View a map of all the center-based child care centers in the Directory.(Family child care centers are not shown for privacy purposes.)
  • Download the complete 2016-2017 Early Childhood Directory in PDF format here.

Why Early Childhood?

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.

Skills developed in the first 5 years of a child’s life are crucial to future success.


Our network of community partners builds a strong early childhood collaboration.

700Neural Connections

A child's brain forms 700 connections every second during their first years.

4,800Children ages 0-5

There are 4800 children 5 and younger in Oak Park and River Forest.

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.

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