Early Childhood Scholarships

And reduced cost activities

Museum Adventure Pass

The Museum Adventure Pass program provides special offers and discounts to unique cultural destinations throughout the Chicago area. Visit your local library to ask about pass availability. You will need a library card to receive passes.
Learn more about the Museum Adventure Pass.

New Moms

New Moms scholarships are available for Morning Parent Meet-Up on Mondays & Thursdays from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Enjoy some child-free time in our Parent Parlor while your children play and learn in our developmentally appropriate classrooms. Scholarship forms available on-site. For more information or to RSVP contact oakparkprograms@newmoms.org
405 W. Euclid Ave., Oak Park
Learn more about New Moms.

Park District of Oak Park

Park District of Oak Park scholarships are available to Oak Park residents of any age and can be applied toward any program or passes available through the Park District.
Learn more about Park District scholarships.

River Forest Township

River Forest Township has scholarships available for children 5-17 living in River Forest with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships can be applied towards after-school recreational, educational, sports and arts-related programs in River Forest. Scholarships may be available to children aged 3-4 on an exception basis.
Learn more about River Forest Township scholarships.

West Cook YMCA

West Cook YMCA offers membership scholarships. Scholarship amounts vary by need and are awarded first-come-first-served, based on the availability of funding. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Member Engagement Supervisor, Jackie Nunez at 708.383.5200 or jnunez@westcookymca.org.
Learn more about West Cook YMCA scholarships.

Wonder Works Children’s Museum

Wonder Works Children’s Museum is a Museums for All partner and gives $3 admission per person for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT, LINK) or WIC cardholders. Visit more than once and you will receive a free family membership for the entire year.
Learn more about Wonder Works scholarships.

Youth Engagement Scholarship (YES)

Youth Engagement Scholarships (YES) provide Oak Park and River Forest children 18 and under in need of financial resources to participate in enrichment programming. YES scholarships are provided through partner organizations: Intuit Dance, Magical Minds Studio, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park Tennis Center, Park District of Oak Park, River Forest Park District, River Forest Community Center, School of Rock, and West Cook YMCA. Families need to ask for this scholarship at the partner organizations and must meet eligibility requirements.

Eligibility requirements include: Youth and children 18 and under, and residents in Oak Park and River Forest, and household income at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), or qualify for free and reduced lunch.

YES partner organizations:

Intuit Dance

Magical Minds Studio

Oak Park Art League

Oak Park Tennis Center

Park District of Oak Park

River Forest Park District

River Forest Community Center

School of Rock

West Cook YMCA

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

The Illinois Child Care Assistance Program makes it possible for families who qualify to receive financial assistance in paying for child care. Parents must meet the State of Illinois’ income and family size guidelines.
Illinois Action for Children can help families apply for CCAP.

Here is a list of centers in Oak Park and River Forest who accept CCAP payments. Some centers will also help you complete the CCAP application.

The Collaboration for Early Childhood’s Resource Directory has additional information for families who cannot afford child care.

First United Church Nursery School

First United Church Nursery School offers a tuition assistance fund. Applications for assistance may be obtained from the school director and may be requested on the registration form.
Learn more about First United Church Nursery School.

Pilgrim Community Nursery School

Pilgrim Community Nursery School offers tuition assistance in the form of a partial scholarship. Information and scholarship applications may be obtained from the Director.
Learn more about Pilgrim Community Nursery School’s tuition assistance.

You may also be interested in: