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Barbereux School
Address: 3333 Culver St, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Tom Creighton & Cathy Kurtz, Co-Directors
Phone: 847-864-3215
Fax: 847-864-8199
Description: Independent, nonprofit, early childhood school for children between the ages of 2 and 6. Program emphasizes visual arts and music, early literacy and differentiation. Full or part day, with extended care available. Weekly summer camps for children between 2 and 6 years.
Summer Camp 2014.
Notes: Services for Primary (Kindergarten and First Grade)
Updated 7/21/2015
Beth Emet Early Childhood Program
Address: 1224 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Kathy Kaberon
Phone: 847-869-4230, ext. 305
Fax: 847-869-7830
Parent Org.: Beth Emet, The Free Synagogue Synagogue affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism
Description: Integrates Torah, Hebrew, Jewish values, traditions, and holiday observance, to lay the foundation for building a positive Jewish identity
Classes and Weekly Programs for ages 12 months to 4 years
Notes: Camp Kayitz Summer Camp
Sunday morning class and Additional Programs
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

Updated 8/4/2015
Bright Horizons
Address: 1629 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Lori Kiser, Director
Phone: 847-491-9032
Fax: 847-424-1242
Description: Daycare for Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten children. Open M-F: 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Toll free number: 877-624-4532
Updated 8/18/2015
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Address: Archdioscese - 835 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Mailing Address: Catholic Charities - 2601 West Marquette Road, Chicago IL 60629
Contact: Monsignor Michael M. Boland, Administrator and CEO
E-mail: Contact Form
Phone: 312-655-7700 (Catholic Charities) and 312-534-8200 (Archdiocese)
Parent Org.: Archdiocese of Chicago
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.
Updated 2/27/2015
Chandler-Newberger Community Center
Address: 1028 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-448-8252
Parent Org.: City of Evanston Parks/Recreation & Community Services Department
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.
Summer Camps 2014
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,
Updated 10/6/2015
Cherry Preschool
Address: 1418 Lake Street Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 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 summer camp program available.
Notes: Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Updated 5/25/2016
Chiaravalle Montessori School
Address: 425 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Robyn McCloud-Springer, Head of School
Phone: 847-864-2190
Fax: 847-864-2206
Parent Org.: The Chiaravalle Family Association (need to contact school for further information)
Description: Preschool through 8th grade as well as a parent, infant and toddler program Montessori education. Accredited by the American Montessori Society and Independent School Association of Central States
Notes: Parent-Infant class
Early Childhood
Elementary Ages 6-12
Middle School Ages 12-14
Updated 10/13/2015
Child Care Center of Evanston
Address: 1840 Asbury Ave. Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Joy Torres
Phone: 847-869-2680
Fax: 847-869-2687
Description: The Child Care Center of Evanston 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. Family Child Care Connections (FCCC) 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.
Full-Day Preschool Program
Infant Toddler Programs
Notes: Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Full member of the American Montessori Society
ExceleRate Gold Circle of Quality
Updated 5/25/2016
Child Time
Address: Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Joi Phoenix
Phone: (847) 492-2166
Fax: 847-492-2169
Parent Org.: Child Time
Description: St. Francis Hospital child care center offers quality child care services in a safe environment for children 6 weeks old to 5 years, with skilled child care professionals, nutritionally balanced meals, and age appropriate activities. Hours are 6:30 am to 6:30 pm Monday - Friday.
Notes: Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Updated 11/3/2015
Childcare Network of Evanston
Address: 1335 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Andrea Densham, Executive Director
Phone: 847-475-2661 (ext. 524)
Fax: 847-475-2699
Description: Offers a wide range of CNE Programs designed for young children and their families, teachers and caregivers. These include CNE Early Head Start as well as other programs for special needs children, low income families and children at risk of not succeeding in school. Maintains Family Child Care Home Referral List and Guide to Early Childhood Resources in Evanston.
Notes: Free Mayme F. Spencer Memorial Street Law Clinic: open the third Thursday of each month between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on CNE's first floor.
Updated 11/3/2015
Covenant Nursery School
Address: 3637 Golf Road, Evanston, IL 60203
Contact: Tina Vanderwarker, Director
Phone: 847-675-2993
Description: Private, non-sectarian, developmental nursery school for children ages 2 - 5.
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.
Updated 11/4/2014
Creative Play/Evanston Recreation Division (Robert Crown Center)
Address: Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Donna Kent
Phone: 847-448-8258
Fax: 847-328-9460
Parent Org.: City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
Description: A variety of 9-month morning and afternoon programs for ages 2-5, licensed by DCFS.
Notes: Vamos a Jugar - Let's Play (Spanish/English bilingual playtime) and Take Two (introduction to preschool), plus many more morning classes and a Lunch Bunch option for extended care
Updated 9/5/2014
District 65 Family Center
Address: 1500 McDaniel, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-424-2440
Fax: (847) 866-7263
Parent Org.: Evanston/Skokie School District 65
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).
Updated 5/17/2016
Everybody Move, Inc.
Address: Dance Center Evanston, 1934 Dempster, Evanston IL 60202
Contact: Celeste Cifala Roy
Phone: 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 on age-appropriate equipment.
Notes: Classes , including an "en español" class.
Updated 7/21/2014
Address: 602 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Angela Lyonsmith, Owner
Phone: 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. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-4:30 Tuesday and Thursday 9-3:30 and Saturday, 9-12, Closed on Sunday for private events. for arts and crafts (all ages) and open play (birth to 8 years). Parents with pre-walkers can relax in a private room with comfy couches, soft toys, books and puzzles and complimentary coffee, tea and water. Classes and events. Monthly guest artist exhibits featuring the work of Illinois artists. Fee Schedule.Available for private events.
Updated 11/4/2014
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Early Childhood Center
Address: 303 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Claudia Rozenberg, Director
Phone: 847-328-7678
Fax: 847-328-2298
Parent Org.: Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
Description: Our part-day developmental program offers parent-tot classes (ages 2 and under) and preschool (ages 3-preK), summer camp, and Jewish enrichment classes for ages 2 to 6; Religious School; and Adult Learning
Notes: NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation; Platinum LEED certified building; affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist movement
Updated 4/20/2016
Joseph E. Hill Education Center
Address: 1500 McDaniel Avenue Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Amy Small
Phone: (847) 859-8300
Fax: 859-8003
Parent Org.: Evanston/Skokie School District 65
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)
Updated 9/5/2014
KinderCare Learning Center (formerly Central Evanston Child Care, Inc.)
Address: 2014 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 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
Notes: Multiple preschool, pre-kindergarten, and school-age full-day camps.
Nationally Accredited Center
NEAYC --- NECPA --- Excelerate Illinois
Updated 5/25/2016
Little Beans Cafe Evanston
Address: 430 Asbury Avenue, Evanston IL 60202
Contact: Arlen Hummel (local) Shannon or Rob Spengler (Chicago)
Phone: 847-807-3731
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.
Updated 2/10/2015
McGaw YMCA Children's Center
Address: 1420 Maple Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-475-8580
Fax: 847-733-2562
Parent Org.: McGaw YMCA
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
Notes: Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Updated 2/27/2015
Midwest Montessori School
Address: 926 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL 60201
E-mail: Contact Form
Phone: 847-328-6630
Parent Org.: American Montessori Society
Description: Early Childhood and Kindergarten Programs for children 3-6 years old are offered during the academic year. Summer Camp available.
Notes: Serves as a demonstration school for the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, affiliated with the American Montessori Society.
Updated 2/27/2015
Northminster Nursery School
Address: 2515 Central Park Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Lois Wall, Director
Phone: 847-869-9210 ext. 4
Fax: 847-869-9220
Parent Org.: Northminster Presbyterian Church Northminster Presbyterian Church
Description: Non-sectarian preschool offering classes and special programs for kids ages 2-5
Notes: Two-by-Two: ages 2-3, two days per week, 9-11:30 a.m.
Choose your Days!: ages 3-5, you choose the days, with the Lunch Bunch extended day option

Updated 11/4/2014
NorthShore University HealthSystem Child Development Center
Address: 1000 Central St Suite 100., Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Director, Fay Sampson
Phone: (847) 570-1490
Fax: (847) 570-1494
Parent Org.: Bright Horizons Family Solutions
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.
Notes: Hours: 6:30 am-6:30 pm Monday-Friday
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Updated 2/27/2015
Pope John XXIII School
Address: 1120 Washington St., Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Christina Lampa, Director of Advancement
Phone: (847) 475-5678
Description: Roman Catholic preschool (ages 3+) through 8th grade school, and preschool. Offers daycare for children enrolled in the school.
Notes: Joint school for both St. Mary's and St. Nicholas parishes.
Summer Camp Available
Updated 11/3/2015
Puerta Abierta Preschool
Address: 933 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Maria Cuellar Weisgal, Director
Phone: 847-328-1491
Description: Spanish Immersion Preschool for ages 2-5.
Updated 5/25/2016
Reba Early Learning Center
Address: 740 Custer Ave., Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Bettye Cohns, Executive Director
Phone: 847-475-6480
Fax: 847-475-6490
Description: Children develop social skills and academic concepts in an inclusive, anti-bias environment.

Full & Part-Week options
Notes: Full and Part Day Programs:
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Updated 5/25/2016
Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex
Address: 1701 Main St., Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-448-8258
Fax: 847-328-9460
Parent Org.: City of Evanston Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department
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.
Updated 8/12/2015
Roycemore School
Address: 1200 Davis St., Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Clark Daggett - Headmaster
Phone: (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.
Notes: 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.
Updated 7/22/2016
School for Little Children
Address: 1427 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Chrissy Cornell, Director & Inclusive Education Coordinator
E-mail: (main); (Director)
Phone: 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.
Notes: Adult/Child classes offered
Fun In The Sun Program - a 6-week summer program for children ages 3-5
Updated 9/14/2015
Skokie Park District Devonshire Cultural Center
Address: 4400 Greenwood St., Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: 847-674-1500 ext. 2400
Fax: 847 - 674-9201
Parent Org.: Skokie Park District
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.
Notes: 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.
Updated 7/22/2015
Sojourner Covenant Church of Evanston
Address: 1101 Church, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Jen Gillan, Pastor; Kevin Jordan (Assoc. Pastor)
Phone: 847-864-0365
Parent Org.: Evangelical Covenant Church 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.
Description: Affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church Denomination
Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
Notes: Children's Ministry

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.
Updated 7/22/2015
Toddler Town Day Care
Address: 1501 Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Angelo Nikolov
Phone: 847-475-1467
Fax: 847-475-5339
Description: Fully licensed day care center dedicated to providing a safe and happy environment with a very hands-on approach to learning
Notes: 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.
Updated 7/8/2015
Total Child Center
Address: 516 Church Street, Evanston IL 60201-4515
Contact: Beth Ruppe, Director
Phone: 847.864.7100
Fax: 847.864.8091
Parent Org.: First Methodist Church of Evanston 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.
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.
Notes: 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
Updated 7/8/2015
Unity Preschool of Evanston
Address: 827 Foster St., Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Annie Huges, Director
Phone: (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.
Notes: Unity Preschool encourages learning and experimentation in the context of play within a comfortable, fun, and safe transition from home to school.
Updated 5/27/2016
Wiggleworms - Old Town School of Folk Music
Mailing Address: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: 773-728-6000
Parent Org.: Old Town School of Folk Music
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
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.
Updated 6/24/2015
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