Living in Evanston

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ASK-Answers for Special Kids
Address: 1111 Forest, Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Marian Casey, Executive Director and Founder
Phone: 847-607-1612
Description: ASK provides resources and a support network for families of children with special needs in Evanston and neighboring communities who attend public, private or home schools.
Focus is on helping parents help their children receive the educational experience to which they are entitled.
Notes: This organization sponsors workshops, refers parents to local resources, educates parents on their rights, and works with District 65 to support special education.
Updated 7/14/2015
Baby Toddler Nursery
Address: 2200 Main Street, Evanston, IL, 60202
Mailing Address: 2200 Main Street, Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Pam Staples
Phone: 847- 491-9650
Fax: 847-491-9410
Parent Org.: Infant Welfare Society of Evanston Social service organization providing full-day child care services as well as comprehensive parenting support and education to parents of infants and toddlers under the age of three.
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.
Notes: Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (Open during summer)
Updated 2/27/2015
Chicago Kids
Mailing Address: 360 W. Illinois St. #202, Chicago, Illinois 60610
Description: 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.
Notes: Offers a Summer Camp Guide and Nanny and Babysitting Services. View their calendar here.
Updated 11/3/2015
Childcare Network of Evanston
Address: 1335 Dodge Ave Evanston IL 60201
Contact: Tammy Biordi, Neighborhood Networks Program Coordinator (847) 475-2661, ext. 35
Phone: (847) 475-2661
Parent Org.: Childcare Network of Evanston
Description: Supports young children from low-income families who are cared for during the day by relatives, friends or neighbors. It helps to connect these caregivers and families with Evanston resources. Offers the following resources at no cost to the caregivers and their families:
Safety equipment,
Books, toys and art materials
Workshops on early childhood issues, with a $20 stipend paid for attending
Transportation and childcare during the workshops
Play groups for children
Home visits with a storytelling and music activity
Updated 11/3/2015
Cultural Care Au Pair
Address: 1223 Harvard Terrace, Evanston, Illinois 60202
Contact: Amy Jarjusey
Phone: 847-271-0965
Parent Org.: Cultural Care Au Pair
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.
Updated 2/27/2015
District 65 Family Center
Address: 1500 McDaniel, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Angela Johnson
Phone: 847-424-2440
Fax: (847) 859-8563
Parent Org.:
Description: Early childhood programs emphasize literacy, social and emotional development. Family and caregiver resources: parental support, education and children's activities. Also offers Family Literacy, GED preparation, tutoring, English as a second language, and computer instruction.
Notes: Childcare: Offers 12 early childhood programs. For District 65 Community Child Care, call (847) 859-8300 (fax: 847-859-8003)
Mr. Rick Book Sharing: Parent-child group meets Wednesday mornings to share books
Clase de Computación en Español: A series of six beginner computer classes will be offered in Spanish on Wednesday. Contact the center to sign up. Program fees are $10, and care for children will be provided during the class.
Updated 8/6/2014
Mom Network Support Group - Presence St. Francis Hospital
Address: 355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston IL 60202
Phone: 773.665.3605
Parent Org.: Presence Health 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
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.
Notes: Ressurection Health Care is now called Presence Health.
Updated 7/25/2015
Open Books
Address: 651 West Lake St, Chicago, IL, 60611
Contact: Alice Corcoran
E-mail: and
Phone: 312-475-1355 ext.100
Parent Org.: Associated with the Chicago Literacy Alliance (Not really a parent organization though)
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
Book store is open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Updated 11/5/2015
Parent Circle, The
Contact: Claire Labbe, President
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.
Notes: Also listed on
Updated 11/3/2015
S. E. W. (Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette)Childcare Providers Association
Mailing Address: 2707 Thayer, Evanston IL 60201
Contact: Linda Hermes
Phone: 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.
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.

Child Care Network of Evanston
Child Care Center of Evanston
Zero to Three
Act for Children
Evanston Montessori
Children's Quest Home Learning Center
SunnyDays Childcare and Preschool
Family Home Daycare
City of Evanston
Updated 8/5/2015
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