With the Beverly area known for a much lower crime rate than the rest of Chicago, it makes perfect sense for families to live in the neighborhood. However, if you are looking for day care centers or preschools close to home you will have limited choices, especially if you have a child under 2. Here are the top day care options and preschools in Beverly Chicago:
10244 South Longwood Drive
Chicago, IL 60643
The Castle Academy has been providing early childhood education for over 50 years. The staff is experienced, and the school itself is situated in a very nice section of the Beverly neighborhood. One of The Castle Academy’s most unique features is the Me Too program-a program that allows moms to go on a scheduled “mom’s day out” while their little one participates in signing songs, meeting other children, and arts and crafts time. The catch: your child must be 3 by March 1st in order to enroll in the fall Me Too session. In fact, 3 is the minimum age to enroll in the school in general.
Little Hands Learning Center
10126 S Western 2324 W 111th Street
Chicago, IL 60643 Chicago, IL 60643
With two very convenient locations in the Beverly neighborhood, windows decorated in little cut out hands, a website that is colorful and full of testimonials from parents, and that fact that one of their locations accepts infants, Little Hands seems to be the way to go! It is relatively easy to schedule a tour, where at the location on 101st you will be greeted in a room with a fireplace, big screen TV, and comfortable furniture. The advanced curriculum and fields trips will be explained and you will have the option of asking questions. The center itself is decorated nice, though considering the price it is kind of small. What is the price? Well, that depends on a few factors such as siblings discounts, your child’s age, and whether or not your toddler is potty trained. The running rate for a 2 year older, potty trained, with a year old sibling is $690 a month for a half day program. There are also registration fees, activities fees, and an annual fundraising minimum that you must agree to of $600.
Small Strides Academy
10317 S Western
Chicago, IL 60643
Not too far from Little Hands Learning Center, this interesting looking child care center accepts kids starting at 2 years old. They do not have a big presence on the Internet, nor do they have hundreds of reviews. However, children can be heard a few blocks away playing, laughing, and singing. The property seems to be kept clean, and there is even parking! The limited reviews available, though, do suggest that the price for attendance at Small Strides is much less than the prior two child care options.
Other options such as Morgan Park Academy, All Day Montessori, and Beverly Montessori School are available, but start at 3 years old. In addition, the price of child care is higher in the Beverly area than in other parts of Chicago, and is very limited. You have to travel out of the Beverly and Morgan Park areas to not only find licensed child care providers at a lower cost, but who accepts children under 2 as well.
Unfortunately with the lower cost and slightly longer travel comes higher crime rates and programs without the bells and whistles. That is not to say the teachers are not as, or even more, concerned about the little ones, but the neighborhoods are not safe.
Parents, why do you think the Beverly neighborhood does not have many child care options, especially for infants? Is the quality of these programs worth paying such extreme amounts towards childcare? What are your experiences? What are your child care arrangements for your infant?