Collaboration for Early Childhood

The future begins at home

At the Collaboration for Early Childhood, we provide the resources and connections vital to every child’s opportunity for success in learning and in life. Work with us to create a bright future for our community.
Collaboration for Early Childhood
Early Childhood Directory

The 2016-2017 Edition of the Early Childhood Resource Directory is Out Now!

Where can I find a preschool or family day care?
What does "quality child care" mean?
Our Early Childhood Resource Directory has all the answers if you have young children in Oak Park, River Forest or Forest Park.
Early Childhood Directory
Easter Seals of Metro Chicago

Announcing Partnering with Parents

Partnering with Parents will support children prenatal to three years old through home visiting and group services focused on helping parents grow as their child's first teacher.
Easter Seals of Metro Chicago
2016 Symposium

13th Annual Symposium

Materials, handouts, and photos are now available.
Video of Holly Elissa Bruno's keynote coming soon!
2016 Symposium
Watch and Help Me Grow

Watch and Help Me Grow

Is my baby or toddler's growth on track?
When should I talk to my doctor?
Read the milestones in Watch and Help Me Grow.
Watch and Help Me Grow
Breastfeeding Resources

Breastfeeding Resources for Mothers

by Beth Isaacs, BS, BSN, MPH, IBCLC

Our guide lists support groups, lactation consultants, WIC resources, and more.
Breastfeeding Resources

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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Penny Williams-Wolford became the Collaboration’s Professional Development Coordinator in January. She has a wealth of experience in early childhood...

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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

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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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