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The Collaboration's Early Childhood Resource Directory connects families to the information and services they need to support their children's successful development.
Full-Time/Part-Time Child Care, Preschool, Kindergarten: 6 weeks -12 years; 7:00 am-6:00 pm, M-F
Extended Care: Before and after school care available
Accepts Child Care Assistance Program (limited spaces) • Child/Staff Ratios: 8/1, Meet DCFS Standards • Flexible hours • Offers Illinois State Funded Preschool for All (part-time preschool) designed to meet the needs of children and families with stress/risk factors; developmental screening, parent interview used to determine eligibility • Toilet training required for children over 3 • Silver ExceleRate Circle of Quality rating
Preschool: 9:00-11:30 am, 1:00-3:30 pm
Kindergarten: 8:45-11:45 am or 8:45 am-3:15 pm Full-Time/Part-Time Child Care: 6 weeks-8 years; 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Accepts Child Care Assistance Program • Child/Staff Ratios: Meets NAEYC optimal standards • After school care available (K-2nd grade) • Applications accepted on last Wednesday in February for preschool • License-exempt Religious Lutheran school that chooses to be licensed; National Lutheran School Association Accredited • Ongoing registration for full-time programs • Toilet training required for children ages 3+ • 192 total slots available • NAEYC-Accredited, Gold ExceleRate Circle of Quality rating
Full-Time/Part-Time Child Care: 2 years-12 years; 6:30 am-6:00 pm
After school care available for Kdg-6th graders (child/staff ratio 20/1) • Non-denominational Christian center • Toilet training must be in process • Transportation available from school to center • 130 total slots • Silver ExceleRate Circle of Quality rating
Preschool: 2-5 years; 7:00 am-12:30 pm, 3 days or 5 days
Part-Time/Full-Time Child Care: 7:00 am-6:00 pm, 3 days or 5 days
Accepts Child Care Assistance Program • Child/Staff Ratios: Meets NAEYC optimal standards • Program of Dominican University • Toilet training required for children age 3+ • 92 total slots available • NAEYC-accredited, Gold ExceleRate Circle of Quality rating
After-school care: (K-5th grade) at D97 elementary schools until 6:00 pm
Accepts Child Care Assistance Program • Child/Staff Ratios: 10/1• Applications accepted in April prior to Kdg for Kdg after-school care; maintains waiting list • Council on Accreditation • Full-day child care available on school holidays & during summer (9 wks), 7:30 am-6:00 pm • Ongoing enrollment • Sliding fee scale
Hephzibah also offers services for children and families; case management/social work; parent support & training; foster care; information and referral; advocacy.
Full-time Child Care: 15 mos-8 years; 6:30 am-6:00 pm
Accepts Child Care Assistance Program • Child/Staff Ratios: 5/1 (15-23 months); 6/1 (age 2); 10/1 (ages 3-4) • After school care available (ages 5 – 9) • Toilet training not required • 70 total slots available
Subsidized Preschool: 3-5 years; M, T, Th & F (8:10-10:50 am or 12:00-2:40 pm); Wed (8:10-10:00 am or 12:00-1:50 pm)
Child/Staff Ratio: 10/1 • Designed to meet the needs of children and families with stress/risk factors; developmental screening, parent interview used to determine eligibility • License-exempt • Ongoing enrollment if spaces are available • Toilet training not required • 120 Total slots available • Silver ExceleRate Circle of Quality rating
Full-Time/Part-Time Child Care: Ages 2 1/2-6 years; 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Accepts Child Care Assistance Program • Child/Staff Ratios: 7/1 • Illinois State funded Preschool for All program • Designed to meet the needs of children and families with stress/risk factors; developmental screening, parent interview used to determine eligibility • Sliding fee scale • Toilet training required • 77 total slots available • NAEYC-accredited and Gold ExceleRate Circle of Quality rating
Preschool and pre-kindergarten: Half-day and full-day; age 3-5; 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Accepts Child Care Assistance Program • Child/Staff Ratios: 10/1 • Before and after school care available • Flexible hours available • Parent/child classes available for children (15-23 months) • Toilet training required • 120 total slots available • Transportation available in River Forest and some Oak Park schools
The listings in this directory include some preschools with extended day options. When exploring a school with extended hours, look at its preschool programming, as well as the quality of its child care facility.
Unless noted, all of the child care facilities listed have ongoing enrollment as long as there are openings. Please note that some programs may fill up as early as January or February for the following fall. Typically, the age eligibility listed is the child’s age as of September 1st of the upcoming school year. Many programs housed in religious institutions will give preference to members. Call for specific information if you are interested in a particular program.
By law, all child care agencies must be open to children with special needs. However, some facilities may work better for a child with special needs and this should be considered when making your decision.
While most programs start enrolling children in January/February for September, please contact programs directly for questions, enrollment options and to schedule a visit any time of year.
The content of this directory has been compiled solely by the Collaboration for Early Childhood. The information provided herein with regard to hours and programming of listed facilities is listed as it was provided to the Collaboration. Any of the information listed herein may change at any time. The Collaboration in no way intends to convey a rating or endorsement of any provider nor to indicate that these listings are comprehensive.