Executive Director Holiday Letter

Dear Friends of Mary Crane Center,

Happy Holidays! As a part of our family, we wish you a season of peace, joy, good health and gratitude. We are grateful for you.

At 110 years of service, one might say we are old. But Mary Crane knows that Early Childhood Development never ages – we grow and continue to learn and evolve through and with the families of today.

Today, Mary Crane is blossoming into our future. Our parents are supported by our staff to pursue their education, to put fuel behind their voices, and to lead their communities. The 450 children we serve across Chicago are encouraged to see their parents as their models of leadership. The voices of the children Mary Crane serves facilitate the path to their discovery of themselves. Of course, Mary Crane provides, in the most effective way, the skills that lead to success of a young child’s school career – math, science, reading, and writing. But, we do so much more.

Mary Crane Center also creates spaces, environments, where children explore, experiment, play, communicate and partner with each other. They sing, dance, build strong bodies, and learn about relationships and collaboration. Children are free to test the intersections of themselves with those around them.

Why do the families of Chicago give Mary Crane the privilege of sharing the growth of their children with us every day? Mary Crane is trusted because each day we greet our families and sustain the consistency of excellence. We are NAEYC accredited, State of Illinois Licensed and provide exceptional nutrition, nature, math, art and emotional development programs. And, we are caring, compassionate and empathetic. We believe in the leadership of families to determine how they define themselves and we are here to assist them on their journey.

Thank you for supporting the families of Mary Crane. Please continue to join us in this exciting time of growth with the families Mary Crane is privileged to serve.

See our stories – we hope you will enjoy as much as we do every day.

Please consider Mary Crane Center as your charitable partner by donating before Dec. 31, 2018 for a 2018 tax deductible donation.Your donation will truly make a difference in the lives of children and families. It’s easy to donate. To make your donation now, visit this page.


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Let us accept the child in our midst as our greatest wealth and our highest responsibility.

co-founder of the
Mary Crane Center


co-founder of the
Mary Crane Center

Let us accept the child in our midst as our greatest wealth and our highest responsibility.
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Administration Office
  • 4006 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60624
  • +1 (773) 242-2860
  • info@marycrane.org
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