FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN WILL YOU OPEN?

We are currently in the fundraising stage to allow us to move forward with finding a location. Once we have a facility, we will begin the process of obtaining DCFS licensing, which can take 12-18 months in Illinois. Realistically, we are probably looking at opening doors for children in 2024. Here's to hoping it's much earlier!

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CAN MY CHILD RECEIVE THERAPY HERE?

We do not provide one-on-one services; therefore, enrollment in our center does NOT replace individualized therapies. Each child’s therapists are welcome to conduct their one-on-one sessions at our center, either in the classroom or pulled out to one of our therapy rooms. Our goal is to be a “bridge” between daycare and therapy, striving to communicate with each child’s team so we can keep individual goals at the forefront of all we do. Think of us as a traditional daycare but with more teachers who can spend a lot of time practicing the skills the children learn in therapy.

Psychologist for Children

WHO TEACHES THE CHILDREN?

Our classes are taught by teachers, and the curriculum is developed in collaboration with therapists. Our Advisory Board consists of parents and specialists from each profession to address all areas of development. The onsite daycare director is a pediatric occupational therapist who provides ongoing training to the teachers and ensures communication with each child's therapeutic team.

Kindergarten Guide

HOW MUCH IS TUITION?

We have taken the average of tuition rates at local daycares within a 10 mile radius to provide a cost that is comparable to any traditional center. To obtain low student-to-teacher ratios, we rely on fundraising from outside sources. We don’t want cost to be a factor when families are deciding whether their child can have a supportive environment.

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WHY ARE YOU EXCLUSIVELY FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS? SHOULDN'T YOU PROMOTE INCLUSION?

This is probably our most commonly asked question - and for good reason! In the Chicago area, children with moderate to severe special needs do not have a full-time childcare option available, forcing many parents and caregivers to quit work or rely on family members for childcare. Our goal is to support those families and if we give away any spots to children without disabilities (who could enroll in any other center), it takes spots away from families who do not have other options. That said, we are seeking a traditional daycare that would like to partner with us for Friendship Fridays, a weekly gathering of friends within a "buddy system" to promote inclusion and unity.

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