Celebrating 20 Years of Helping Children Thrive

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead

The Collaboration for Early Childhood Is 20 in 2022

Twenty years ago, a small group of Oak Park citizens met to talk about how to create a more coordinated system of high-quality early learning and care experiences for our community’s young children. This was an opportunity to support every child on their journey to kindergarten. It was an opportunity to give all children the opportunity to reach their full potential starting from birth.

They decided to take action. With that, the Collaboration for Early Childhood was born.

These early organizers knew that it takes a whole village to raise a whole child. They set about working with the many different people in our Village who play a crucial role in the healthy development and learning of our young children. Who are these people? They are early childhood educators, parents & caregivers, health professionals, and the broader community. They are people like you. They are the people we continue to partner with today.

The Collaboration for Early Childhood wouldn’t be here, if it weren’t for the visionaries in our community who chose to invest in early childhood care and education. Our work began because a group of committed individuals saw a need in our community and took action. And our work continues because our community continues to prioritize our children.

In January, 2022 the Collaboration held a virtual Kick-Off Celebration where we gathered to look back at all that we have achieved together, and to look ahead to our future work and celebrations. We also shared a Collaboration history video, which you can view below. 

Our 20th Anniversary Birthday Bash!

One way we will be celebrating our 20-Year Anniversary is by hosting a Birthday Celebration on April 30, 2022 at the Nineteenth Century Club. This event will be a space where we celebrate our accomplishments from the past twenty years. We will also take this special opportunity to celebrate those in our community who are champions for children every day – our early childhood educators. They will be our special guests for the evening and will be attending the event free of cost.

If you are interested in joining the fun, please visit our Birthday Bash webpage to learn more and RSVP. If you are an early childhood educator who would like to attend free of cost, please reach our to our Community Engagement Coordinator, Wendy Giardina at wgiardina@collab4kids.org to see if tickets are still available.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

In January, 2022 the Collaboration held a virtual Kick-Off Celebration where we gathered to look back at all that we have achieved together, and to look ahead to our future work and celebrations. We also shared a Collaboration history video, which you can view below.

Support a strong start and a bright future.

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