Become an Early Learning Partner

Yes, You Can Have More Highly Qualified Early Childhood Educators at Your Center!

IL Action’s Early Learning Partner Program Makes It Possible to Boost Up Your Center with Best-in-Class Early Learning Professionals.

Illinois Action for Children's Early Learning Programs partner-based workforce enhancement program delivers evidence-backed, high-quality early learning experiences for children ages birth through 5 and models a broad spectrum of research-based, best practices in early childhood care and education for your staff.

Illinois Action for Children receives state funding from the Illinois State Board of Education and federal funding from the Office of Head Start to employ several highly credentialed early childhood educators. Through a contractual agreement, IAFC deploys the teachers and other essential staff to work in select child care and early learning partner centers throughout southern and western Cook County.

In addition to having exceptional teachers and coaches augment your team, all IAFCs partner centers are enhanced with:

  • Research-based curriculum
    • IAFCs teachers bring Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold to their classrooms in your center, inclusive of developmental screening tools, assessments, and numerous referral sources.
  • Wage supplementation
    • To make it possible for all your staff who are paraprofessionals to earn $15/hr., IAFCs partners may be eligible to receive $1,000 or more to supplement paraprofessional’s wages.
  • Program-enhancing materials
    • Funding is available annually for participating partner programs to purchase materials and special requests and emergency needs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Engagement-enhancing experiences
    • IAFCs teachers infuse their classroom with opportunities for enrichment including field trips and hands-on explorations.
  • Family engagement and support
    • IAFC provides the individual families who are enrolled in one of our program classrooms with support for education, health, goal planning, mental health referrals, and educational advocacy.

IL Action’s Early Learning Partner Program Makes It Possible to Boost Up Your Center with Best-in-Class Early Learning Professionals.

1 Partnership = Whole-Site Quality + Collaboration + Resources + Program Planning + School Readiness

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to become an Illinois Action for Children Early partner. Here’s how.

  1. A member of IAFCs Early Learning partner program team will meet with you (in-person, online, or on the phone) to discuss the program components, requirements, and review the documentation requirements.
  2. Once the application and documentation have been verified, a 1-year contract will be signed.
  3. Upon entering into this agreement, if a teacher is already available, they will get started right away. Otherwise, IAFC will begin recruiting.
Let’s talk about it for your center.

Learn More

To learn more about the sites that are already part of the IAFC Early Learning Partner family, see below. If you'd like, you may contact them directly to hear first hand what their partnership experience has been like.

Early Learning Partner Site Directory

View the directory below for locations, contact information, ages served, and primary funding sources for each of our partner sites. Funding sources include:
Early Head Start/Head Start = EHS/HS
Preschool for All = PFA
Prevention Initiative = PI

Partner Map

2745 Bernice Road
Lansing, IL. 60438

Phone: 708.474.2511
Owner: LaShaunessye Williams
Ages: 3-5 (PFA/HS)

Crickets Learning Academy

17750 Chicago Ave
Lansing, IL 60438 708-418-5588
Owner: Marisol Lopez
Director: Janiris Lopez
Ages: 3-5 (PFA)

Bright Visions Academy

14804 S. Cicero Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452

Phone: 708.535.9392
Owner: Tanya McKinney
Ages: 3-5 (PFA)

3217 W. 147th Street
Midlothian, IL 60445

Owner: Rae Leverette
Phone: 708.897.9788
Ages: 3-5 (PFA) (One Classroom)

IAFC - Chicago Heights Early Learning Center

Calumet City Kids Academy

A Step Up Career Academy

202 S. Halsted
Building C1
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Phone: 708.365.1541
Director: Crystal Powell
Ages: 3-5 (HS/PFA)

Honey Bear Daycare

Cuddle Care Scholars

Mari’s Bumble Bee 2

670 River Oaks Dr.
Calumet City, IL. 60409

Phone: 708.862.4442
Director: Barbara Van
Owner: Daniel Knight 
Ages: Twos (PI)
Ages: 3-5 (PFA/HS)

17750 Chicago Ave
Lansing, IL 60438

Phone: 708.418.5588
Owner: Marisol Lopez
Director: Janiris Lopez
Ages: 3-5 (PFA)

2359 N. Manheim Road
Melrose Park, IL. 60164

Phone: 847.455.8687
Owner: Wanda Guerra
Director: Amanda Guerra
Ages: 3-5 (PFA)

13700 South Stewart
Riverdale, IL. 60827

Phone: 708.487.9184
Owner: Rochelle Golliday
Ages: Infants, Toddlers, and Twos (PI)

IAFC - Dolton Early Learning Center

IAFC - Ford Heights Early Learning Center

Steps to the Future

729 Engle Street
Dolton, IL. 60419 

Director: Elise-Cole Rogers 
Ages: Infants, Toddlers and Twos (EHS/PI)
Ages: 3-5 (HS/PFA)

IAFC - Harvey-South Holland Early Learning Center

421 Ashland
Chicago Heights IL 60411

Phone: 708.754.5147
Owner: Lynn Easterling
Ages: 3-5 (PFA)

Kidd’s Palace

16515 South Park Ave.
South Holland, IL 60473

Phone: 708.365.1531
Site Director: Renee Boyd-Jennings
Ages: 3-5 (HS/PFA)

346 W. Sibley Blvd.
Dolton, IL 60419

Phone: 708.896.6849 
Owner: Misti Ganious-Thomas
Ages: Twos (PI) (One Classroom)
Ages: 3-5 (PFA) (One Classroom)

1031 Kostner Avenue
Matteson, IL. 60443

Phone: 708.481.7190
Owner: Felicia Wallace
Director: Irish Jernigan
Ages: Infants and Toddlers (PI)
Ages: 3-5 (PFA)

1055 Berkeley Avenue
Ford Heights, IL. 60411

Phone: 708.365.1536
Director: Janet Parker
Ages: Twos (EHS/PI)
Ages: 3-5 (HS/PFA)

Kiddy Kulture

396 E. 159th Street
Harvey, IL 60426

Phone: 708.331.4300
Owner: Tammy Henry
Director: Whitney Collins
Ages: Toddlers and Twos (PI)
Ages 3-5 (PFA)

Kiddie Scholars

Kiddie Scholars Too

22323 Thomas Dr.
Richton Park, IL. 60471

Phone: 708.898.0458
Owner: Felicia Wallace
Site Director: Mia Muhammad
Ages: Infants (PI)
Ages: 3-5 (PFA)

9750 W. Grand Avenue
Franklin Park, IL 60131

Phone: 847.455.1234
Owner: Michael Dell'armi
Director: Marry Meler
Ages: 3-5 (PFA)

4112 183rd St.
Country Club Hills, IL. 60478

Phone: 708.647.9140
Director: Keya Alexander
Ages: Twos (PI)

Mother Goose

Rochelle’s Little Angels

117 N. 19th Ave.
Melrose Park, IL 60160

Phone: 708.338.2001
Owner: Rochelle Miles
Director: Antoinette Dortch
Ages: 3-5 (PFA)

Small World Learning Center - Franklin

1827 N. 25th Avenue
Melrose Park, IL 60160

Phone: 708.345.1234
Owner: Michael Dell'armi
Director: Ixtzel (Izzy) Cristobal
Ages: 3-5 (PFA)

Small World Learning Center - Melrose