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We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your financial contribution is tax-deductible.


General donations:

Our Phase 1 goal is $100,000, which will allow us to move forward with a property and begin renovations to prepare for DCFS licensing. Every dollar brings us one step closer to opening this much-needed center. We appreciate your generosity! 

Click here to donate with a credit card

A check can be made out to: 

TOTS Center

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 985

Wheeling, IL 60090

Non-cash contributions can have even greater tax advantages for the donor. To donate appreciated assets, such as stocks and mutual funds, please contact our Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kat Liggins at 847-550-1687.  

Donation Jar


We are in need of a variety of new or gently used large movement items such as playground equipment, swings, outdoor kids’ furniture, water tables, tricycles, ride-on toys, mats, trampolines, bouncy houses, and anything else that gets our tots moving! Other helpful items include office furniture, a computer, printer/copier, and classroom furniture. We are not accepting small toys until we have a physical location.

Children Playing on Bouncy Castle


Every fundraising event needs a group of volunteers so check out our Events page for all the details. We also want to build a robust Board of Directors to guide us with financial decisions, business planning, and assist with fundraising. If our mission tugs at your heart and you have business-related expertise, we need your wisdom!

High Fives


We are currently looking for storage for all donated items until we secure a facility.

Speaking of! We also need a facility or office/retail space to open our center. Please contact us with affordable options in Chicago's northwest suburbs (Wheeling or surrounding communities within a 10 mile radius). The facility must have an outdoor space for a playground, be ADA-compliant, and be on the main level. We prefer 3,000-5,000 sq ft but can be flexible with the size. 

Volunteers on Construction Site


We are looking for a diverse group of adorable kids ages 1-5 years old to pose for photos and videos to be featured on our website and marketing materials. If you have a smile, we would love to capture it!

Mother and Son


Because we rely on outside funding to operate our center, we need to tell our story! How does our daycare benefit your family? What challenges have you faced at other facilities? Our donors need to know about the impact their gift is making in our community. 

Happy Girl with Glasses
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Nondiscriminatory Policy

TOTS admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the center. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its policies and programs.

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