Early Childhood

Organization Name
Address
2200 Main Street, Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Pam Staples
Phone Number
847-491-9650
Fax
847-491-9410
Description

Baby Toddler Nursery (BTN) is a NAEYC Accredited, full-day child care and early education program with a capacity of 70 children. As Illinois’ longest-running independently licensed infant toddler center, it offers subsidized, fee-based and Early Head Start programs for children ages six weeks to five years old.

Public Notes

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (Open during summer)

Organization Name
Address
3333 Culver St, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Cathy Kurtz, Program Director, or Lorie Donnelly
Phone Number
847-864-3215
Fax
847-864-8199
Description

Independent, nonprofit, early childhood school for children between the ages of 3 and 6, including Kindergarten/First grade Classroom. Program emphasizes visual arts and music, early literacy and differentiation. Full or part day, with extended care available.  Weekly summer camps for children between 3 and 6 years.

Organization Name
Address
1629 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Nakeia Wells, Center Director
Phone Number
847-491-9032
Fax
847-424-1242
Description

Early education and preschool for infants, toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten prep. School’s OUT days and camps for school age children up to 10 years old. Open 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
1400 Main St., Waltham, MA
02451
Contact Person
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO
Contact Email
Phone Number
(781) 642-5900
Description

Care.com is a subscription service listing local child care, pet care, senior care, tutoring, private lessons, and housekeeping providers. Subscribers may search listings of babysitters, nannies, pet sitters and more. Care providers may also post services. Basic Members(nonpaying) will not be able to contact caregivers, request background checks, or review caregiver references.

Address
Archdioscese – 835 N Rush St, Chicago, IL
60611
Contact Person
Monsignor Michael M. Boland, Administrator and CEO
Phone Number
312-655-7700 (Catholic Charities) and 312-534-8200 (Archdiocese)
Parent Organization
Description

Oversees more than 150 programs in Cook and Lake counties, serving families and individuals of all ages. Service Programs. Evanston residents are not limited to, but may first contact  North Region, 1717 Rand Rd., Des Plaines, IL, 847-376-2121.

Address
1028 Central Street, Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
847-448-8252
Description

Center offers many programs: after-school sports classes, girls’ youth basketball leagues, youth flag football leagues, preschool play groups, youth chess, adult/youth fencing, preschool development classes, youth gymnastics, adult/youth volleyball leagues, women’s basketball classes and more as well as summer day camps for school-aged youth and preschoolers.

Public Notes

Racquetball court and gymnasium rentals open to community, youth birthday party groups, etc.

Play-School Program: year-round classes for 2-year-olds with parents Mondays and Fridays, 3- and 4-year-olds Monday and Friday mornings/Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and 4- and 5-year-olds Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Contact Michelle Tompkins at 847-448-8681, mtompkins@cityofevanston.org

Organization Name
Address
1418 Lake Street Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
847-492-1213
Fax
847-492-1235
Description

Part-day morning or afternoon, developmental, play-based, early childhood classes and programs for children ages 2-5 in an inclusive school community that welcomes children of all abilities and backgrounds. Dual language Spanish-English preschool class available for 3 year olds as well as a Parent/Child class taught in Spanish for native Spanish speakers. Extended day lunch, after-school program and a 6-week  program available.

Address
425 Dempster St, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Robyn McCloud-Springer, Head of School
Phone Number
847-864-2190
Fax
847-864-2206
Description

Preschool through 8th grade as well as a parent, infant and toddler program education. Accredited by the American Montessori Society and  Independent School Association of Central States.

Organization Name
Address
60610
Description

Online resource that lists events, classes, programs and other activities for Chicago area children and families. Use to find dance and art classes, coupons and deals, summer festivals, daycamps, sports and more.

Public Notes

Offers a Summer Camp Guide and Nanny and Babysitting Services.

Address
1335 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Carol Teske, Executive Director
Phone Number
847-475-2661
Fax
847-475-2699
Description

Offers a wide range of programs (including Head Start/Early Head Start) designed for children 0-5 and their families, teachers and caregivers. Offers programs for children of all abilities, low income families and children at risk of not succeeding in school. Maintains a Guide to Early Childhood Resources in Evanston.

 

Organization Name
Address
3637 Golf Road, Evanston, IL
60203
Contact Person
Tina Vanderwarker, Director
Phone Number
847-675-2993
Description

Private, non-sectarian, Evanston/ Skokie, IL-based developmental nursery school for ages 2-5. Provides experiences that match a child’s abilities emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively through a play-oriented approach.

Public Notes

Programs (Turtle Twos, 3-Day Threes, Multi-Age), with Extended Day opportunity for Multi-Age and Young Three’s students.
Summer Camp Covenant
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Organization Name
Address
1223 Harvard Terrace, Evanston, Illinois
60202
Contact Person
Amy Jarjusey
Phone Number
847-271-0965
Parent Organization
Description

Cultural Care Au Pair’s childcare and cultural exchange program offers families affordable childcare. The organization coordinates live-in child care provided by an 18-26-year-old male or female from a foreign country. All au pairs are screened and must complete six credits of education at an accredited post-secondary institution during their program year. This program is regulated by the U.S. Department of State.

Organization Name
Address
1500 McDaniel, Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
847-424-2440
Fax
(847) 866-7263
Description

The Family Center has served Evanston and Skokie families since 1989 by providing family support, literacy and child development services. Program services currently include the Early Start program, Doorway to Learning Childcare Center, child development education services, parenting education and life skills workshops and classes (topics include health, safety, nutrition, discipline, etc.), support groups, parent/child interactive activities and groups, and adult education services (English as a Second Language and General Education Development).

Address
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Nancy Fuller
Phone Number
(847) 424-7675
Fax
847-492-3872
Description

A developmental program concentrating on socialization and enrichment. High School students interact with children (under supervision of staff members) as part of child care classes.

Hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday – Friday

Organization Name
Address
Everybody Move, Inc.
725 Pine St.
Winnetka, IL
60093
Contact Person
Celeste Cifala Roy
Phone Number
773-426-0002
Description

Parents, caregivers and children, ages 6 months to 4 years, participate in an hour-long class of creative movement, singing and dancing. Early childhood movement and music program features autoharp, scarves, balls, hoops, stories, puppets, instruments, and free play.  See this link for classes.

Address
1840 Asbury Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Treana Monroe, Family Child Care Connections Manager
Phone Number
847-864-5610
Fax
847-869-2687
Categories
Description

Network of childcare homes located in Evanston and Skokie providing full-time as well as part-time options for childcare for infants and toddlers, Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All providers are licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Organization Name
Address
602 Davis Street, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Jeremy Round, Owner & Ariel James, General Manager
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-859-2312
Fax
847-332-0349
Description

Gather is a drop-in art and playspace in downtown Evanston for parents and children through age 8.  Hours for open play are Monday through Friday 9am – 3pm, Sat and Sun 9am – 12pm. In addition, we have registered music and language classes during and after open play hours – Classes and events.  Parents with pre-walkers can relax in a private room with comfy couches, soft toys, books and puzzles and complimentary coffee, tea and water. Monthly guest artist exhibits featuring the work of Illinois artists. Pricing.  Available for private events.

Website Address
Address
2200 Main St, Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Cass Wolfe, Executive Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-491-9650
Fax
847-491-9410
Description

Founded in 1913, the non-profit oversees 2 full-day child care nurseries: Baby Toddler Nursery for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old and Teen Baby Nursery full-day child care for infants and toddlers whose parents attend Evanston Township High School, located in the Family Focus Building. Caseworkers make weekly visits to the 70 families enrolled in the Family Support Program to connect parents with resources, help them cope with their child’s development and understand that they are their child’s first teacher.

Address
303 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Rabbi Rachel Weiss ; Sharon Diaz, Executive Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-328-7678
Fax
847-328-2298
Description

JRC is known for its joyful spirituality, intellectual curiosity, inclusivity, and deep commitment to social justice. We have built a highly acclaimed green building, but most of all, JRC is about people – our members. Our congregation is as diverse as the American Jewish community, including observant and nonobservant Jews, interfaith families, blended families, people of color, LGBTQ Jews, believers and nonbelievers.

Public Notes

Platinum LEED certified building; affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist movement; NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited preschool

Address
303 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Shelli Patt, Director
Phone Number
847-328-7678
Fax
847-328-2298
Description

JRC Early Childhood Center is a Reggio Emilia-inspired and relationship-based program that provides a nurturing and stimulating environment to support children’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth. Our part-day early childhood program offers parent-tot classes (ages 2 and under) preschool (ages 3-preK), and summer camp.

Public Notes

NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation; Platinum LEED certified building; affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist movement

Address
1500 McDaniel Avenue Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Amy Small
Contact Email
Phone Number
(847) 859-8300
Fax
(847) 859-8003
Description

Programs and services offered for children 6-weeks to 5-years-old:
Doorway to Learning, Head Start, Preschool for All, and special needs (SPPAC).

Half day community preschool for children ages 3-5. Bi-lingual teaching and support staff.

Address
2014 Dempster St., Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-869-3456
Fax
847-733-7613
Description

Childcare programs for children 6 weeks to 12 years old
Hours: 7 am to 6 pm Monday-Friday

Multiple preschool, pre-kindergarten, and school-age full-day camps.
Nationally Accredited Center
NEAYC — NECPA — Excelerate Illinois

Website Address
Address
1840 Asbury Ave. Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Ann Rappelt
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-869-2680
Fax
847-869-2687
Description

The Learning Bridge Early Education Center, at 1840 Asbury Ave in Evanston, has five preschool classrooms caring for children age 2 through 5 years of age. The Center focuses on preparing children for kindergarten and 73 percent are on subsidized care.  Learning Bridge Infant Toddler program is a network of licensed home day care providers that contract with the Center to care for children age six weeks to three years of age.

(Formerly Child Care Center of Evanston.)

 

Public Notes

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, American Montessori Society, 
ExceleRate Gold Circle of Quality

Address
1420 Maple Avenue, Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
847-475-8580
Fax
847-733-2562
Parent Organization
Description

Pre-school programs for children ages 2-5.
Infant & Toddler Education
Full and Part Day Preschool– ages 2 – 5
Preschool Explorers– 3 afternoons a week for ages 3 – 5
After-School/Holidays Care
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

Address
926 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Linda Bechtle
Phone Number
847-328-6630
Parent Organization
Description

Midwest Montessori offers a variety of nurturing full-and partial-day programs for children aged 3-6. Our master teachers and enriched environments help children develop concentration, independence and self-confidence through a wide variety of hands-on learning experiences to joyfully begin their lifetime of learning!  Serves as a demonstration school for the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, affiliated with the American Montessori Society.

Summer camp available.

Address
355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston IL
60202
Phone Number
773.665.3605
Parent Organization
Description

Are you a new mother looking for additional emotional support? Do you have questions about your baby’s development? Join the Mom Network, a weekly support group for new mothers that provides parenting support and information. Topics covered in the weekly meetings are determined by participants and typically include “the baby blues,” fatigue, feeding issues and more. Free to attend; maximum of 20 attendees. For more information and to register, please call 773.665.3605.

Public Notes

Created in November 2011 through the combination of 2 nonprofit Catholic health systems, Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care, Presence Health is now the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois.

Organization Name
Address
2906 Central Street #208
Evanston IL
60201
Contact Person
For a temporary nanny, Barbara Nordlund (ext 3) Barbara@northshorenannies.com, for a permanent nanny, Kathy Murphy( ext 1) Kathy@northshorenannies.com, for a nanny job call extension 3 or email nannyjobs@northshorenannies.com
Phone Number
(847) 864-2424
Fax
(847) 556-0666
Description

Offering professional nanny placement services, for families and nannies who value quality and professionalism in childcare. Office hours: 9 AM to 4 PM.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
2515 Central Park Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Margaret Parcell, Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-869-9210 ext. 4
Fax
847-869-9220
Description

Non-sectarian preschool offering classes and special programs for kids ages 2-5.
Two-by-Two: ages 2-3, two days per week, 9:15-11:45 a.m.
Choose your Days!: ages 3-5, you choose the days, with the Lunch Bunch extended day option

Address
1000 Central St Suite 100., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Director, Fay Sampson
Phone Number
(847) 570-1490
Fax
(847) 570-1494
Description

Child care center for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Snacks and lunch provided.
Open to the public, but gives preference to NorthShore University HealthSystem employees.
Hours: 6:30 am-6:30 pm Monday-Friday
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
651 West Lake St, Chicago, IL,
60611
Contact Person
Dominic Loise
Phone Number
312-475-1355 ext.100
Description

Open Books is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote literacy by operating a bookstore, tutoring and mentoring, sponsoring educational programs and community events. Open Book Buddies, a reading mentoring program, operates in several local elementary schools. Volunteers are always needed. Open Books also offer Book grants where they give away kids and adult books. Open Books’ colorful River North bookstore and Literacy Center are available for rental and private events.

Open Books accepts donations of:

  • All Children’s Books
  • Books in almost all genres that are in good, resellable condition
  • CDs, DVDs, and LPs in playable condition

The following items cannot be accepted as donations:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Older Textbooks
  • Books with significant damage
  • Magazines
  • VHS Tapes or Audio Books on Cassette

See https://www.open-books.org/donate-books/ for more information on book donations.

Book store is open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., noon-6 p.m.

Public Notes

Associated with the Chicago Literacy Alliance (Not really a parent organization though)

Organization Name
Description

An independent, non-sectarian, non-profit organization for parents with young children offering playgroups, lectures, a babysitting co-op, various social groups, a newsletter, and special events.

Also listed on Meetup.com

Organization Name
Address
1420 Maple Avenue, Evanston, IL,
60201
Contact Person
Karen Dinelli
Phone Number
(847) 328-2250
Description

Parent co-operative pre-school for children ages 2 to 5: Mon-Fri, 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.(1:00 pm in the Summer), with the Director as lead teacher and a “working parent” assistant each day.

Organization Name
Address
1120 Washington St., Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Christina Lampa, Director of Advancement
Phone Number
(847) 475-5678
Description

Roman Catholic preschool (ages 3+) through 8th grade school, and preschool. Offers daycare for children enrolled in the school.

Joint school for both St. Mary’s and St. Nicholas parishes.
Summer Camp Available

Organization Name
Address
933 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Maria Cuellar Weisgal, Director
Phone Number
(847) 328-1491
Fax
(847) 425-0138
Description

Spanish Immersion Preschool for ages 2-5.

Organization Name
Address
740 Custer Ave., Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Bettye Cohns, Executive Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-475-6480
Fax
847-475-6490
Description

Children develop social skills and academic concepts in an inclusive, anti-bias environment.

Full day; five day or part week options.

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Address
1701 Main St., Evanston, IL
60202
Phone Number
847-448-8258
Fax
847-328-9460
Description

The Community Center offers sports programs, classes in the visual and performing arts, after-school program and Preschool Programs for ages 2 to 5.
Dance classes include ballet, tap, ballroom and creative movement.
The Ice Complex provides ice skating, figure skating, hockey, speedskating and broomball. Skates may be rented to attend the public skating sessions and may be rented for use during skating classes.
Party rentals available.

Address
Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Tiffany Caston, Program Coordinator Child Care and Education
Phone Number
847-448-8258
Fax
847-328-9460
Description

Robert Crown Community Center’s Child Care program provides high-quality child care for ages 2 through 12.

We are a full-service facility offering full-day and part-time care, including an after school program. Our program is licensed by the DCFS. Let us care for your child in a recreational-based environment and offer you peace of mind while you work.

Programs Include:

Take Two (age 2)

Creative Play Preschool (ages 3-5)

Dual Enrollment (4 and 5 year olds enrolled in School District 65 half-day programs)

After School Adventure

Spring / Winter Break Programs, Camps

Summer Day Camps (Traditional Full Day Camps)

Organization Name
Address
1200 Davis St., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Adrianne Finley Odell – Head of School
Phone Number
(847) 866-6055
Fax
(847) 866-6545
Description

An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school providing a liberal arts education to students from age 3 through Grade 12.

Early Childhood (ages 3-5), plus Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools
Summer Programs
Operates on a rolling admissions deadline when space is available. Personal tours are available throughout the summer.

Address
2707 Thayer, Evanston IL
60201
Contact Person
Linda Hermes
Phone Number
847-475-0321
Fax
847-733-7781
Description

Association of home childcare providers in Evanston, Skokie and Wilmette. Supports and mentors providers, assists with regulation, and promotes family child care as a profession. Meetings of providers are held approximately 5 times per year; call for time of next scheduled meeting.

Public Notes

S.E.W. is an association of home childcare providers in the Evanston, Skokie, and Wilmette area. We began the group in 1995 with a grant from the Child Care Network of Evanston. We currently have a membership of thirty-five providers. We have members who have been in business for 20+ years and members who are in the process of becoming licensed.

Organization Name
Address
1427 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Chrissy Cornell, Director & Inclusive Education Coordinator
Phone Number
847-864-3889
Fax
847-475-5647
Description

A National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited preschool located in the heart of Evanston, SLC fosters a strong classroom community while integrating a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Adult/Child classes offered
Fun In The Sun Program – a 6-week summer program for children ages 3-5.

Address
4400 Greenwood St., Skokie, IL
60076
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-674-1500 ext. 2400
Fax
847 – 674-9201
Parent Organization
Description

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

This award winning facility houses a DCFS licensed preschool program, private music lessons, children’s theatre, dance classes, enrichment programs, culinary arts, visual arts classes, performing arts camps and is home to the Skokie Art Guild and Devonshire Community Playhouse.

Address
1101 Church, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Co-Pastors Andy Hayes and Mandy Cherico
Phone Number
847-864-0365
Parent Organization
Description

Affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church Denomination
Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

Our worship offers a blend of contemporary worship, solid biblical preaching, a heart for justice and warm fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere that welcomes all ages to come as you are.

Public Notes

The Evangelical Covenant Church is a rapidly growing multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants.

Organization Name
Address
1501 Howard St, Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Angelo Nikolov
Phone Number
847-475-1467
Fax
847-475-5339
Parent Organization
Description

Fully licensed day care center dedicated to providing a safe and happy environment with a very hands-on approach to learning.

Open year round, M-F 7am-6pm.
If you are interested in Action for Children (AFC), a reduced tuition fund, you may download an application HERE.
If you live in Evanston and do not qualify for Action For Children and are interested in receiving a tuition scholarship, please visit The Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE) for more information.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
516 Church Street, Evanston IL
60201-4515
Contact Person
Beth Ruppe, Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
847.864.7100
Fax
847.864.8091
Description

A nonsectarian preschool and daycare center, housed at First Methodist Church of Evanston, but open to all. Offers full day and mornging preschool for children ages 2-5, plus a Lunch Bunch extension.

Full-Day Preschool (7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday)
Part-Day Preschool (optional Lunch Bunch program available)
Summer Explorers (7 week morning program )
Accredited by the
National Association for the Education of Young Children

Public Notes

First United Methodist Church is a community of Christians inviting all people to grow in their relationship with God and to live their faith in the world.

Organization Name
Address
827 Foster St., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Annie Huges, Director
Phone Number
(847) 869-7170
Description

Not-for-profit, non-sectarian preschool offering morning programs for ages 2-5, along with an Extended Day Lunch Program for those 3 and up and the Unity Bunch Summer Program.

Public Notes

Unity Preschool encourages learning and experimentation in the context of play within a comfortable, fun, and safe transition from home to school.

Address
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL
60625
Phone Number
773-728-6000
Parent Organization
Description

Music and movement program for children from 6 months to 3 years.  In each Wiggleworms® session, children sing, play finger games, do circle dances, and play rhythm instruments. Program is occasionally offered in French and Spanish.

Classes meet weekly for 45 min. at 7 locations:
Lincoln Square Lincoln Park Evanston Western Springs Glencoe Hyde Park Instituto Cervantes

Public Notes

Since 1985, the Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program has welcomed young children and their families to the world of music. Children sing, dance, learn finger plays and story songs, and explore rhythm instruments especially designed for little hands. For children newborn through four years, it’s the perfect time for these special experiences with the language of music.

Address
1224 Dempster St.
Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Anita Denes-Meador
Description

Offers daycare and full- and half-day preschool for children 6-weeks to 4 years.

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