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2023-24 Local Childcare Guide: Daycare, Preschool, & Co-working Spaces

By Debra Flanagan, Chicago Northside July 18, 2023

Choosing outside childcare may be one of the most difficult decisions as a parent. It is likely the first time you will separating from your child and with them at such a vulnerable age, their safety and security is paramount. You will discover that no place is one size fits all, but you can find the perfect fit for you and your child. We hope to help you in your search by providing our 2023-24 Local Childcare Guide: Daycare, Preschool, and Co-working Spaces.

*We are always finding and adding new childcare centers. Keep checking back!

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Businesses are listed alphabetically under the relevant neighborhood.


EDGEWATER

Families Together Cooperative Nursery School


Families Together Cooperative Nursery School offers a welcoming community with outstanding teachers; a research-based approach to learning through play; a commitment to supporting, connecting, and involving families; and a focus on diversity, social justice, and anti-bias practices. Featuring caregiver and child classes; half-day preschool classes (ages 2 ½ to 5); a lunch program; and summer camp, along with a sliding scale tuition and financial aid.

Learn more or register today at Families Together Cooperative Nursery School


EVANSTON

Bright Horizons at Evanston

Bright Horizons centers in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are open year-round and offer a variety of full- and part-time programs to meet your family’s needs.

Learn more or register today at Bright Horizons at Evanston


IRVING PARK

Le Village Learners

Le Village Learners is a Kindergarten Prep School for children age 3.5 years to entering kindergarten. We offer tangible learning for pre-k. 

Learn more or register today at Le Village Learners

Le Village Cowork

Le Village offers coworking combined with full-time, onsite childcare. Our flexible approach to the work week allows members to be present with their kids without sacrificing their career.

Learn more or register today at Le Village Cowork


LAKEVIEW

Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts


Our early education program is play-based to foster self-confidence and independence as learners. We offer both full and half day preschool programs, and we ensure kindergarten readiness for our preschool graduates.

Learn more or register today at Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts

Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool

Bright Horizons centers in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are open year-round and offer a variety of full- and part-time programs to meet your family’s needs.

Learn more or register today at Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool

KC's Academy of Early Childhood Education

KC's Academy of Early Childhood Education was established in 2005 as a preschool and Kindergarten program. Since then, we have expanded our school to include infant and Toddler programs.  Our school is dedicated to providing high quality education, focusing on building a strong developmental and education foundation. We do this by providing individual education planning, which is designed on the knowledge of setting individual goals and objectives based on developmental readiness rather than chronological age. 

Learn more or register today by calling 773-665-4940

Saint Andrew School


Saint Andrew School provides a caring and supportive environment that instills Catholic values for each student.  Our goal is to focus on the whole child; promoting individual academic success, developing spiritual awareness, building character and encouraging service for the common good. 

Learn more or register today at Saint Andrew School

Saint Luke Academy

We believe that children flourish with a personalized approach to learning. We customize instruction to encourage students in PK 3 - 2nd Grade to develop their skills and discover their passions. NEW Makerspace Lab coming in Fall 2023!

Learn more or register today at Saint Luke Academy


LINCOLN SQUARE

DANK Haus Kinderschule

The DANK Haus Kinderschule features weekday elementary classes (Preschool and Kindergarten) that welcomes students 3-6 years of age, Monday - Friday, before and after care available. The Kinderschule is part of the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Learn more or register today at DANK Haus Kinderschule

Kiddie Academy of Lincoln Square - Ravenswood

Find out how even our youngest learners benefit from the Kiddie Academy character education curriculum. Schedule your tour today!
Mention "Macaroni KID" for free registration.

Learn more or register today at Kiddie Academy of Lincoln Square - Ravenswood

St. Matthias School

St. Matthias School is the only wall-to-wall Catholic International Baccalaureate (IB) elementary school in Illinois. We are dedicated to developing faith-centered, service-oriented, compassionate global citizens through a program of differentiated, interdisciplinary, and rigorous inquiry.

Learn more or register today at St. Matthias School


NORTH CENTER

Itsy Bitsy Play and Cafe

Itsy Bitsy Play & Café is a coworking space with playcare for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers located in the north side Chicago neighborhoods North Center and Lincoln Square. We believe parenting shouldn't be done in isolation, passions and careers still matter after babies, and work-life balance is achievable with support! We are also a neighborhood coffee shop, because let's be honest, who can adult without coffee? 

Learn more or register today at Itsy Bitsy Play and Cafe

Pilgrim Lutheran School


Pilgrim offers a dynamic preschool program that encourages children ages three through five to explore their world and develop a love of learning - in a nurturing classroom environment, where they feel safe and supported! Students develop strong early math and literacy skills based around an emergent curriculum that ensures they're kindergarten-ready!

Learn more or register today at Pilgrim Lutheran School

St. Benedict Preparatory School

At St. Benedict Preparatory School, a commitment to inclusive and rigorous challenge creates a dynamic, innovative, and active learning experience in which the needs of the whole student are met. The strengths of each child become an inspiration to others to learn fearlessly, lead responsibly, and serve joyfully.

Learn more or register today at St. Benedict Preparatory School


RAVENSWOOD

Open Space Early Learning Center


Open Space Early Learning Center is an early childhood education facility with a passion for quality care. We proudly serve Andersonville, Ravenswood, and Uptown families, providing them a place where their children, (age 6 weeks - 5 years), can thrive socially and emotionally.

Learn more or register today at Open Space Early Learning Center

Sunny Kids Land

Sunny Kids Land is Group Home daycare with a safe, loving, and nurturing environment where kids play, learn, and grow on a daily basis, in a home away from home environment, with structure and age appropriate curriculum.

Learn more or register today at Sunny Kids Land