Parent Survey


Give your input on parenting interests and needs!
Your input will help make sure that parents and guardians have access to the resources and information they would like to nurture their children’s development.
If you live in Oak Park or River Forest please take a few minutes to provide feedback in this important effort. It's open until May 27.
Parent Survey
Parent Survey


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Parent Survey

Parent Information & Support

You are your child's first and most important teacher. The Collaboration provides you with tools and resources for the first 5 years of your child's life. If you have questions, we have answers.

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Providers / Educators

Do you work with children from birth to age 5? The Collaboration offers you resources to provide families with the services they need and professional development to continue your training.

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Developmental Screening

Need referral information for early intervention services or developmental screenings? The Collaboration offers resources and opportunities to network with other professionals.

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We were thrilled to see so many people at the Baby Fair on April 16, 2016. The Baby Fair was sponsored by the Oak Park Public Library and co-sponsored...

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The Collaboration for Early Childhood Care and Education will foster high quality early care and educational experiences and support to families so that all children will have the opportunity to develop their full potential, and feel loved and valued in our caring, diverse community.

Early Childhood Resource Directory

Find Child Care, Preschools or Family Day Care

Why Early Childhood?

As a result of the differences in early childhood environments and experiences, approximately two-thirds of the achievement gap challenging Oak Park’s schools is in place when children walk through the kindergarten door. Furthermore, research shows that one of the best investments of public funds is in programs and services that support our very youngest children and their families.

Skills developed in the first 5 years of a child’s life are crucial to future success.


Our network of community partners builds a strong early childhood collaboration.

700Neural Connections

A child's brain forms 700 connections every second during their first years.

4,800Children ages 0-5

There are 4800 children 5 and younger in Oak Park and River Forest.

Being involved with the Collaboration for Early Childhood is easily the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding volunteer work I've ever been engaged in!

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