Mary Crane Center is open and welcoming new and returning families!

Our classroom centers are open for in-person services for children 6 wks. to 5 years. Our COVID-19 safety precautions included mask and PPE requirements, hand sanitizing stations, frequent professional-grade disinfecting, and capacity limits. Please contact us to learn more!


Children ages 6 weeks through 5 years can be enrolled at the Mary Crane Center.


Learn about our programs and support we offer for parents.


Make a donation or learn about our volunteer opportunities. Mary Crane Center needs you.


For over 100 years, Mary Crane Center has been dedicated to the comprehensive early development of children and to supporting their families through a variety of programs. Our goal is to provide quality education in a safe and diverse environment and to strengthen the bonds between children and their families. Throughout its history, Mary Crane Center has grown in order to meet the changing needs of the families we serve. Our dynamic teaching methods encourage each child to bring his or her individuality and experiences into the classroom. By identifying a child’s likes, dislikes, struggles, and strengths, teachers can enhance each child’s personal education and help them to develop the life skills they need to achieve his or her goals.


We have four Learning Centers and six partnership locations available in Chicago. Visit us today.


We accept children from the ages of six weeks through five years old. All abilities are welcome. Over ten languages are represented by our students in our classrooms.


We are dedicated to providing an environment where everyone looks after each other.


We utilize The Creative Curriculum® to serve the whole child and create a safe, nurturing environment for every child. Our programs are accredited.


We, as teachers, are dedicated to our students and hold early childhood education degrees and additional certifications for creating the best learning environments.

Info & News

Comprehensive Early Development of Children

2019 Annual Benefit Highlights

The 2019 Annual Benefit, titled “Hatching Chicago’s Future through Early Childhood Education”, brought together a dynamic group of individuals and organizational representatives committed to improving the lives of little ones and families.  We enjoyed delicious…

“PlayStreets” at Mary Crane Center

Mary Ruth Coffey, Executive Director, Mary Crane Mary Crane provides amazing Early Childhood Development programs all year round for children and their families throughout Chicago.  But June through August provides…

A Statement from Mary Crane Center

Mary Crane Center stands with those fighting for justice. The murder of George Floyd is the latest of too many unnecessary tragic losses suffered by black and brown communities. We…

The Beauty of Garfield Park

By Valerie Dickens, Lake & Pulaski Site Director  The families at Lake & Pulaski are very consistent about bringing their children to school on a daily basis, and with volunteering…

Mary Crane Center’s Home Base Program

By Carol Washington, Home Base Director Mary Crane Home Visitors serve clients in the entire city of Chicago. Some neighborhoods where we have a higher volume of clients are Belmont…

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