Families with young children can look to the Collaboration for Early Childhood for information about early development and resources, finding child care or preschool and parenting support.
The organization, funded in part by the Village and school districts 97 and 200 to serve children at their most critical development stage, offers free coaching for parents of infants and toddlers, and free preschool for three- and four-year-old children whose families meet eligibility criteria.
Parents concerned about their child’s physical, social or emotional development also can look to the Collaboration for screening and referrals to additional services. In addition, the Collaboration publishes an Early Childhood Resource Directory both online and in print that lists child care centers, preschools and family child care programs in the community.
Neighbors are encouraged to spread the word about these free services to families living on their block or to those who are new to Oak Park.