Special Interests/Needs

Organization Name
Address
Noyes Cultural Arts Center: 927 Noyes Street Evanston IL
60201
Contact Person
Virginia Nugent, Executive Director
Phone Number
847-328-2795
Fax
847-328-3495
Description

Classes in circus, aerial and theater arts: gymnastics, clowning, dance, drama, juggling, stage combat and magic for children and adults.
Produces original works, offers workshops, camps and classes throughout the year and provides event entertainment.

Organization Name
Address
Glenlake Professional Building, 3633 West Lake Avenue, Suite 200, Glenview, IL
60026
Contact Person
Carol Hynes, R.N. Clinical Coordinator
Phone Number
847-486-8692
Description

Private therapeutic day school designed as an alternative learning environment for adolescents ages 12-19.  The program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for students with depression, emotional disorders, learning disabilities, and other health impairments that prevent academic achievement in a regular education environment.  Students are referred by public school districts who support the placement or are placed privately by their families.

Address
1640 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Douglas Whitmore
Phone Number
847-425-1640
Description

The only privately-operated driving school in Evanston. It holds classes for up to 35 students each session.

Organization Name
Address
4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL
60077
Contact Person
Mark Wilson
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-983-9230
Description

Ongoing workshops and programs for Apple product users of all ages. Summer Apple Camp for kids ages 8-12, as well as Youth Workshops and Field Trips. For more information, visit the following webpages:

Schedule of Workshops and Events
Apple Youth Programs

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.

Organization Name
Address
1926 Waukegan Rd., Suite 2, Glenview IL
60025
Contact Person
Joan Franlin Smutny, Director
Phone Number
847-901-0173
Fax
847-901-0179
Description

After school, weekend and some school day programs for gifted and talented children, pre-K through grade 12. Summer programs in several locations including Skokie and Glenview.

Organization Name
Address
329 W. 18th Street, Suite 506 , Chicago, IL
60616
Contact Person
Executive Director, Clifton Williams
Phone Number
312-421-8040
Fax
312-421-8466
Description

Educational arts nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding. In-school and after-school programs, community outreach progamming, professional development workshops and traveling exhibits. Formerly the Shanti Foundation.

Organization Name
Address
7654 Tripp Ave. Skokie IL
60076
Contact Person
Linda Kusel
Phone Number
847-933-0672
Description

A progressive series of arts enrichment classes for children ages 6 months to 13 years. Classes for younger children include songs, dance, language activities, finger plays, large and small motor skill exercises, rhythm activities, puppetry, pantomime and group games. For 5-13 year olds, classes include dance, cooking, Chinese, and ballroom dance.
Summer programs offer a variety of arts and cooking themes with several attendance choices.
Offers custom children’s birthday parties.

Address
1740 Ridge Ave. STE LL15B
Evanston
60201
Contact Person
Kate Noble
Contact Email
Phone Number
847- 556-8676
Description

Evanston CASE provides community, advocacy, support and education services for Evanston families impacted by disability. Our Parent Connections programs offer supportive spaces for parents/caregivers to share experiences and receive information from others who “get it.” Our Empowering Parent Partners” program matches trained Partner Volunteers to guide and accompany parents/caregivers at their special education school meetings. We also offer professional advocacy consultation services to prepare parents to successfully navigate the special education process.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
P.O. Box 6514, Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Email
Phone Number
(847) 604-3541
Description

Support network for families who educate their children at home. Provides ideas, information and opportunities for group classes and field trips for homeschooling families in the Evanston Area.

Meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every month (exception: no meeting in July, and meets the second Monday of September) at Trinity Lutheran Church Activities Center, 3637 Golf Road in Evanston
Thin Ice Theatre youth theatre company

Organization Name
Contact Person
Santiago Canez
Description

The Evanston Math Circle is a free program established through the joint efforts of Northwestern University and Evanston Township High School for students interested in learning about the creative side of mathematics. Each month a topic is explored through problem-solving. Students are exposed to concepts that are usually left out of a standard curriculum.

Organization Name
Address
1234 Sherman Avenue, Suite 214 Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Steve Newman, Founder and Executive Director
Phone Number
(847) 866-0252
Description

Evanston Scholars is a non-profit organization that improves college access and success for a diverse group of ambitious, underserved Evanston students, starting with the college admissions process and continuing until graduation. The comprehensive, six-year program offers workshops, mentors, SAT/ACT prep, and college counseling to students lacking financial, academic, family and/or community resources.

Organization Name
Contact Person
Meredith Wine
Phone Number
847-492-1778
Description

Snowflake is a a fun-filled evening of large and small group activities for middle school students focusing on developing life skills to lead healthy lives. Snowflake is held once a year in Evanston at one of the five District Middle Schools.  It is on a Friday night, starting after school and lasting until about 10 pm.  Transportation is provided to the event from all the middle schools.

Public Notes

Co-sponsored by Peer Services, the Evanston Substance Abuse Council and School District 65.
Open to all Evanston residents in 6th-8th grade

Address
2010 Dewey Avenue
Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Colette Allen, Center Director, Evanston
Phone Number
847-475-7570
Fax
847-475-7590
Parent Organization
Description

Offers family support programs, literacy programs and parenting programs, as well as vocational, health and social programs for pre-teens, teens and teen parents, and their adult families.
Family Advocacy Center provides comprehensive services and resources for families in need and specialized services are available for those families who are currently involved with DCFS and other child welfare agencies. Contact Vanessa Allen-Graves, 847-475-7570 x15.

Address
1655 Foster St., Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
847-448-8254
Fax
847-328-2026
Description

A community recreation facility with programs for adults and children, including a fitness center, dance studio, regulation gymnasium, and auditorium space. Provides extensive after-school and summer programs for children, School Day Off programs and Senior Lunch, served every Wednesday.

Organization Name
Address
823 1/2 Chicago Avenue, Evanston IL
60202
Contact Person
John Fonseca Owner and Chief Karate Instructor
Phone Number
847-866-0200
Fax
847-556-6551
Description

Offers adult, child and family classes in karate, judo, jiu jitsu and other martial arts. The curriculum and approach are designed to work with people at all levels of skill and fitness, from
beginners to advanced students, to reach their highest potential.

Organization Name
Address
Family Focus Community Center, 2010 Dewey Avenue, Evanston, Illinois
60201
Contact Person
Rebeca Mendoza
Phone Number
(847) 864-3360
Description

An afterschool reading and homework center for Evanston students (kindergarten through second grade), 3:00-6:00 every Monday through Friday. Summer Reading Program also available.

Students must register to use the center.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
2020 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Kristina E. Johnsen, Executive Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-905-0702
Fax
847-905-0684
Description

Resource organization serving children, teens and young adults with autism. With offices in Park Ridge and Evanston, Have Dreams offers individualized after-school programs, vocational, life skills and transition to employment programs, along with diagnostic and family support services. Our continuum of services support individuals from early childhood through adulthood, and offer a broad range of programs to serve the full range of the autism spectrum. Programs for children and teens include Special Olympics, Technology Club and a nationally recognized Film & Multimedia camp. Transition to adult services include Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University and Have Dreams Academy, as well as a variety of programs that focus on developing critical soft skills for employment, internship experiences and life skills. Have Dreams also provides best-practice autism training for professionals and individual, in-home and school consultative services.

After School and Weekend Programs
Vocational and Life Skills Program
Program and Services Overview

Address
7648 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL
60626
Contact Person
Bruce Rasey, Executive Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
773-262-6622
Fax
773-262-6645
Description

Howard Area Community Center is a social service agency that provides affordable and free education, employment, and health assistance programs for the greater Rogers Park area. HACC has four sites: the Main Center, the Youth Center, the Employment Resource Center, and the Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center. All of our services and location addresses are on the website at www.howardarea.org/

Organization Name
Address
42 West Campbell Ave., Suite 301, Campbell, CA
95008
Phone Number
1-888-709-8324
Fax
408-871-2228
Parent Organization
Description

Day and overnight summer tech camps for kids ages 7-17 held at Northwestern University. Boarding campers stay in Northwestern dorms. Courses, beginner to advanced levels, specializing in video game design, iPhone® app development, Flash® animation, programming, video editing and more. Traditional camp activities are also part of the program.
Summer Programs

Organization Name
Description

Informational site with helpful links/resources for Illinois parents with children in special education.

Address
Roycemore School, 640 Lincoln Street, Evanston IL
60201
Contact Person
Betty Mermod
Phone Number
800-964-9090 x 2078
Fax
800-499-8557
Description

Through Northern Illinois University, this reading skills summer program emphasizes phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and study skills, taught by professional instructors. Pre-K – high school.  Summer Programs

Program Descriptions

Website Address
Address
2828 North Clark Street #415, Chicago, IL
60626
Description

Private test preparation service, plus tutoring available for K-8.

Address
Technological Institute Building, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL
Contact Person
Georgette Pliml
Phone Number
847-467-2126
Fax
847-491-4461
Description

A fun, hands-on program at Northwestern University designed for children in grades 1 through 7 to challenge and excite interests in laboratory-based biology. The participants will work in small groups with advanced Northwestern undergraduate student-teachers to perform experiments that illustrate the excitement and wonder that science offers. Projects will include “take-home” experiments that can be done together with parents and siblings.

Program is held on four consecutive Saturdays in April and May. Application Form

Organization Name
Address
350 N. Orleans, Suite C2-100, Chicago, IL
60654
Phone Number
312.409.1555
Description

Free tax preparation and college financial aid form (FAFSA) assistance for low-income families and individuals, in communities throughout the Chicago area and suburban locations, by appointment. Tax help sessions are held at the Evanston Public Library.

(Formerly Center for Economic Progress.)

Address
4833 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago, IL
60625
Phone Number
773-769-3500
Description

Lawrence Hall is a not-for-profit child welfare agency established to assist at-risk youth and their families through a seamless delivery of services designed to develop the self-worth, knowledge, and skills they need to lead independent and productive lives.

Website Address
Address
Stuart G. Ferst School, 6050 N. California, Chicago, IL
60659
Contact Email
Phone Number
773-528-5766
Fax
773-537-2992
Parent Organization
Description

Services at the center and in the home are provided for enrolled families. Services include monthly play sessions for families of children with disabilities ages 0-6. Annual fee is $200 and a sliding scale is available. Also offers a toy-lending library for children with disabilities and their families.

AblePlay offers parents and educators ratings and reviews of toys for special needs children.

Organization Name
Address
430 Asbury Avenue, Evanston IL
60202
Contact Person
Arlen Hummel (local) Shannon or Rob Spengler (Chicago)
Phone Number
847-807-3731
Parent Organization
Description

Little Beans is a family café and an imaginative playspace for kids of all ages. Little Beans Playspace includes an imaginative village and age appropriate toys great for kids 0-6 years and an additional recreation based space for kids 5-12 years as well).Open play, camps, music gymnastic, dance, drumming and music classes, events, parties and workshops are all offered for children and adults.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
1000 Grove St., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Sandra (Candy) Falcon for Men’s Residence
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-475-7400, ext. 214
Fax
847-475-7959
Description

Sports, fitness, and wellness programs for preschoolers through senior citizens. Offers daycare and after school enrichment programs, summer camps, tutoring, dance classes and music lessons, American Red Cross courses, swimming and a variety of sports programs. Active volunteer program.
Birthday party rentals.
Preschool/Daycare Child Care center, preschool music, swimming, kindergarten readiness
Youth/Teens trips, tutoring and mentoring, special programming
Summer Day Camps

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

Organization Name
Address
Norris University Center 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL
60208-2509
Phone Number
847-467-7112
Parent Organization
Description

Inexpensive, non-degree classes and workshops for the general public in arts and crafts, social dance, music, photography, foreign language, yoga, massage, wines and beers, and other topics. Open to teens and adults. Classes offered four times a year, beginning in October, January, April, and July.
Mini Course Schedule

Address
617 Darthmouth Place, Evanston, IL
60208
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-491-3782
Fax
847-467-4283
Description

A variety of programs for those in kindergarten all the way through 12th grade.
Programs

Address
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL
60208
Contact Person
Summer Program Director, Juliette Pirpiris
Description

This year’s Summer Program will take place on June 15-18th, 2015. The Summer Technology and Engineering Program (STEP) is a free 4-Day non-residential camp for girls going into 7th, 8th, and 9th grades to encourage them to explore careers in the field of engineering. Participants will: Participants will:

-Work in teams to complete and present a three day design activity.
-Participate in hand-on activities and classroom lessons
-Learn about the different engineering disciplines and the career opportunities within each.
-Explore laboratories at Northwestern’s Technological Institute
-Interact in small groups with Northwestern undergraduate engineering students
-Meet other girls who are also excited about engineering!

Organization Name
Address
2120 Campus Drive, Annenberg Hall Office 115 Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Celishia Bussey
Phone Number
847-491-3854
Fax
847-491-3394, attention Projec
Parent Organization
Description

Six-year collaborative effort between Evanston District 65, Evanston High School District 202, and the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University to nurture talented African-American and Hispanic elementary students in math and science. Students begin the program in the third grade and participate until the ninth grade. Through enrichment activities, additional classes, mentoring programs, and strong parental support, Excite students will be better prepared to begin taking and succeeding in honors and advanced placement level courses at the high school.

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
1403 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL Mailing: PO Box 171
60201
Contact Person
Latoya Johnson (Social Worker)
Phone Number
847- 866-9770
Fax
847- 866-9784
Parent Organization
Description

Offers a variety of social services targeted toward low income families and individuals.

Emergency Service Schedule: Food Pantry: Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Utilities, Rental/Mortgage Assistance- By Appointment Only

Monday: Prayer Chain – 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer Meeting – 6:00 p.m. Bible Study – 6:30 p.m. Women’s Club- 7:30 p.m. Men’s Club – 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal

Counseling: Christian counseling, substance abuse counseling.
Food Assistance: Food vouchers (redeemable at Jewel on Chicago Avenue), canned goods and clothing vouchers for the needy.
Housing: Rent and utilities assistance (when funds are available).
After School Program:
For children ages 5 – 13, Monday – Friday between 3pm to 6pm. Transportation from Evanston schools,snack and homework assistance provided for a monthly fee. Extended care may be available.
Character Building Program:
Adventure Corps (boys ages 6-12),Sunbeams (girls 6-11),Girls Guards (girls 12-18) and Teen Reflection Cell Group (a drop-in time for teens 13-18). Meets Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Youth Music Program:
Activities for youth include Singing Company (ages 6-10),Junior Choir (ages 10-17),Junior Band (ages 13 and older) and Instructional Band (ages 6-15)
Summer Day Camp:
A day camp is offered for 8 weeks during the summer for children ages 5-12, between 7:30 am – 5:45pm, Monday through Friday.

Women’s Programs also available, including sewing and Zumba groups

Organization Name
Address
Science Cafe Evanston Northwestern Univ. , 633 Clark St. Evanston, IL
60208
Contact Person
Suzanne Auburn, Coordinator
Phone Number
(847) 491-2902
Parent Organization
Description

Science Cafe is a forum for the discussion of important and interesting scientific issues. They are informal and accessible to the non-scientific lay person – much more so than even a public lecture. It’s an opportunity to gather with old and new friends in a relaxed atmosphere while participating in a program of very cool scientific ‘stuff’! No cover charge, EVER!

Our Science Café Evanston is scheduled to be held typically on the third or fourth Wednesday each month, September through May, and takes place between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at the Firehouse Grill in Evanston.

LOCATION 6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202

Address
31 Wellington Ave, Mundelein, IL
60060
Contact Person
Lucia Norris, President
Phone Number
224-489-5121
Fax
224-778-5027
Description

SOUTHEAST EVANSTON PARENTS ASSOCIATION (SEPA) was founded in August 1996, by a group of mostly single low-income parents wanting to make a difference in their lives and lives of their children, and the Evanston community. This not for profit grassroots organization determined to challenge parents, schools and their local government.

Public Notes

Meets monthly. Southeast Evanston Parents Association (“SEPA) is a grassroots not for profit organization made up of adults concerned about families in the community. SEPA’s mission is to have the best housing, schools, recreation, childcare, and out of school activities for all students. SEPA’s purpose is to render aid to poor students, including supply of books and other materials. Additionally, SEPA plans to provide training and support for parents of students in the community to help the students thrive in school. This help will come in the form of training seminars to assist parents in becoming involved in their children’s education; in creating a conducive learning environment at home; training seminars to help parents learn how to help their children in their studies; and help to families to prevent any obstacles in the home that could deter from the child’s learning. .

Organization Name
Address
P.O. Box 2231 Northbrook, IL
60065-2231
Contact Person
Elise Larsen, Executive Director
Phone Number
847-564-7704
Fax
888-564-6021
Description

Provides youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and special needs a creative drama experience enabling personal growth while breaking down stereotypes related to disabilities. Special Gifts Theatre’s creative drama classes and theatre programs utilize the special skills of occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapists, as well as special education teachers and theatre arts professionals.

Organization Name
Address
1305 Forest Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Jo Ann Verhoog
Phone Number
847-864-0030
Description

Verhoog Piano Institute is an intensive music program with a neuroscience focus. Students aged nine to 13 can participate in the intensive program, where up to four years of piano can be learned in only nine months. The second part of the program focuses on students of all ages who have brain damage, teaching them to think in new ways. Students play by ear, and also improvise music in the style of the composer they are studying

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
1187 Wilmette Avenue , PMB 152 Wilmette, Illinois
60091
Contact Person
Cynthia Doucette, Executive Director; Abby Brown, Associate Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
(847) 256-5288
Fax
(847) 256-5282
Description

Teen drop-in center in Wilmette, supervised by staff trained to communicate with teens, to assess their needs, and to create programs that enhance skills and promote growth toward becoming responsible adults. Evanston teens are welcome. Offers youth counseling, chat sessions, study nights, music and recreational programs.

Hours are  Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00-8:00 pm
Friday: 4:00-9:00 pm
Saturday:  7:00-9:00 pm

Public Notes

Located in Wilmette, Illinois, in Howard Park, just South and East of St. Joseph’s Church, on the far East end of the main Park District building.

Address
P.O. Box 0944, Evanston IL
60204
Contact Person
Robert Reece
Phone Number
847-424-1065
Description

The Warren W. “Billy” Cherry Scholarship fund provides financial assistance for graduating seniors, graduates of Evanston Township High School, or ETHS students with a G.E.D. who are pursuing associates, bachelors, or graduate degree in education or youth work. They must be enrolled as a full-time (12 or more credit hrs. per term) or part-time (6 or more credit hrs. per term) student and demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

Public Notes

Some of selection criteria are
• Success in overcoming poor academic achievement, lack of focus, or other personal challenges.
• Interest in working with young people.
• Community involvement.
• Leadership, sensitivity, compassion, commitment, and love of children.

Organization Name
Address
1603 Orrington Ave. Suite 600
Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
847-613-1757
Description

Arts & Minds Academy provides engaging, in-home instrument lessons to students of all ages in the Evanston area. New students can schedule a free, private in-home lesson to try one of our teachers with no strings attached. We work hard to make learning fun and engaging to ignite our student’s passion for music!

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