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.
Contact Info
Administration Office
  • 4006 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60624
  • +1 (773) 242-2860
  • info@marycrane.org
Childhood Development Sites

Programs at a Glance

At Mary Crane Center, we focus on the knowledge children bring to the classroom and we expand on that existing knowledge. We utilize The Creative Curriculum® to serve the whole child emphasizing social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. The children’s ideas and interests help determine what they learn each day.

Our teachers are dedicated to our students and hold early childhood education degrees and numerous certifications for creating the best learning environments.

Programs for Children

  • Infant care for children 6 weeks to 15-months (at Near Northwest Location)
  • Toddler classrooms for 15-month-olds to 24-month-olds
  • Two-year-old classrooms for 24-month-olds to 36-month-olds
  • Preschool classrooms for three- to five-year-olds
  • Nurturing, knowledgeable, and qualified teachers
  • Bilingual staff
  • Access and exposure to language tools
  • Playtime that inspires child-to-child interaction
  • Daily structured outdoor play
  • Emphasis on healthy living
  • A culturally rich and diverse classroom environment
  • Intergenerational programs (foster grandparents in the classroom)
  • Strong community partnerships
  • Professional services for children with special needs
  • Monthly field trips to places like the Shedd Aquarium, pumpkin farm, or museums
  • Breakfast and lunch that satisfy children’s daily nutritional requirements

Programs for Parents

  • Opportunities to get involved in your child’s growth and development
  • Quarterly parent-teacher conferences
  • Shared breakfast with child before work (if time permits)
  • Monthly parent meetings on budgeting, parenting issues, health, special needs, and other relevant topics

Home-Based Program

Who Do We Service

  • Pregnant woman and children from birth to 3 years old.
  • All children are welcome: children with special needs/disabilities

What does our program offer?

  • Nurturing and Knowledgeable Home Visitors
  • 1 ½ hour weekly home visits
  • Free nutritious snacks
  • Activities promoting child development and school readiness
  • Playtime that inspires parent and child relationships
  • Developmental screenings
  • Socializations (twice a month)
  • Opportunities for parents participation and engagement
  • Reasonable transportation assistance for families for program activities if needed
For more information call 1 (773) 242-2860

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