FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN WILL YOU OPEN?
We are currently in our Capital Campaign to raise enough funds to rent/purchase a building and begin construction. 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!
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.
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.
HOW MUCH IS TUITION?
We have taken the average of tuition rates at local daycares 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.
WILL YOU ENROLL CHILDREN WITHOUT DISABILITIES?
Inclusion is at the forefront of our minds as we plan our curriculum and classroom setup. We believe that ALL kids benefit from being in a classroom with a variety of needs. While we do not have exact details on our classroom structure yet, we do plan to be a center for all children.