Mary Crane Center to Celebrate 110 Years as an Early Child Care and Learning Center on Sept. 30, 2018 at the Jane Addams Hull House

Honoring Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago and Sheppard Mullin Law Firm

CHICAGO — Mary Crane Center (MCC) will proudly celebrate 110 years as an Early Child Care and Learning Center serving children ages six weeks to five years old this fall during its Anniversary Celebration to be held on Sun., Sept. 30 from 2‐5 P.M. at its founders home, the Jane Addams Hull House in Chicago. #Celebrate110 MaryCrane

MCC is honoring City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his promotion of preschool education and the law firm of Sheppard Mullin for their valuable service to Mary Crane Center. Our distinguished guest is Ms. Samatha Aigner‐Treworgy, chief learning officer, City of Chicago. She will share special remarks during the event.

The afternoon program will include a buffet, tours of the Hull House Museum and musical entertainment. The special event will be held at the Jane Addams Hull House located at 800 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, 60607‐7017. The event is open to all. Registration is required in advance. Tickets are $110.00 per adult. Look for more registration details soon.

MCC’s impact on the Chicago community is enduring. The comprehensive early development program serves its children through a variety of programs. The parent programs further unite families to create a supportive environment in the classrooms and at home. MCC strengthens the bonds between children and their families. The teaching approach is The Creative Curriculum® which brings the child’s experiences into the classroom and develops their individuality and enhances their life skills.

In 1908, Jane Addams started the Mary Crane Day Nursery at Hull House, after receiving a donation of a building from Richard Teller Crane in memory of his late wife.

Hull House turned the Day Nursery over to the National College of Education in 1925, and Jane Addams joined with Edna Dean Baker, president of the College, to pioneer a new way of thinking about early childhood education. Their shared knowledge and firsthand experience of working with children and families was groundbreaking in the efforts to prepare young underprivileged children for success.

Originally assisting children of poor immigrants on Chicago’s near West Side, the Center moved north to the Julia C. Lathrop Homes in 1963. Visit their website for more historical information here. In keeping with the spirit of its inception, the Mary Crane Center continues to serve communities in need and has added sites in Rogers Park, Austin and West Garfield Park over the past several years. A recent Chicago Tribune article depicted the Jane Addams Hull House.

Mary Crane Center (MCC) promotes the comprehensive early development of children through schoolreadiness programs, personal enrichment activities and family support services. MCC has served over 15,000 children since its inception. Today, MCC serves nearly 600 children per year at its four learning sites and six strategic partnership locations associated with the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and other strategic partners. Mary Crane League is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information, visit www.marycrane.org.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Brian Slocum, V.P. of Resource Development at bwslocum@comcast.net

For media questions, contact Deborah J. Hodges, Marketing and Media, Golden Square at 1‐312‐675‐6080 or at Dhodges@goldensquare.biz

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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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