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.
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.
The only privately-operated driving school in Evanston. It holds classes for up to 35 students each session.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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/
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.
Informational site with helpful links/resources for Illinois parents with children in special education.
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
Private test preparation service, plus tutoring available for K-8.
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
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
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
A variety of programs for those in kindergarten all the way through 12th grade.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
Operates on a rolling admissions deadline when space is available. Personal tours are available throughout the summer.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!