A letter written by a high school student that welcomes new residents to Oak Park.
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A welcome letter written by a local high school student to new residents

The Oak Park and River Forest communities have so much to offer local families with young children, and our goal here at the Collaboration for Early Childhood is to help you find it. We have put together a few resources to jumpstart your exploration! Enjoy. 

Family Support – We’re Here For You! 

Here in Oak Park and River Forest, families with questions about their young children can contact us directly to get connected you to what is best suitable for them. We know you’re busy enough. You don’t need to spend time trying to figure it out on your own. Our Early Childhood Resource Directory includes listings of local early learning programs as well as places for young children to play, dance, make art, and more. Reach out to us about:

Call or text 708-613-6122 or complete the form at the bottom of this webpage and we will be in touch!

Libraries, Parks, Schools, and the Village

Get Connected!

Sign up to get emails with a roundup of local things to do, child care info, and “stuff for sale” in the neighborhood via OPRF mommail. Be sure to sign up for the Collaboration for Early Childhood’s email newsletters, too. Download the “Park Oak Park” app to pay local parking meters and add time right on your phone. 

Some local active Facebook groups are:

Mark your calendars for these annual family friendly community-wide events

Looking for something last-minute to do with your little one? Visit our Family Calendar (also linked below) for free, local, family-friendly events.

Quick links to Family Resources and Opportunities! 

Parent Leadership Training

Oak Park and River Forest parents have everything they need to be leaders in our community, they just might not know it yet.

Calendar of Free Family-Friendly Events

Bringing together community partners to connect families with local early childhood events!

Parent/Caregiver Workshops

Helping parents promote their child’s healthy development through a variety of free workshops.

Parent Resources

Resources for your parenting and caregiving journey.

Baby Bundles

Baby Bundles are sturdy totes filled with lots of goodies and resources for new and expecting parents/caregivers.

Access to Preschool

Learn about preschool options and publicly funded preschool in Oak Park.

Parents/Caregivers are their child's first and most important teacher! Reach out to us to get connected to resources and supports by completing the form below.