An Oak Park childcare and preschool with a nearly 100 year history in our community

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Editor's note: This story is part of the Fall 2011 Education and Enrichment Guide, a special advertising section produced by Wednesday Journal. Click here to view the entire Fall 2011 Education Guide.

In 1912 a group of socially conscious women started the Oak Park & River Forest Day Nursery to provide full-time, quality childcare to working women in the community. The Day Nursery is housed in a landmark Tudor-style building at the corner of Randolph and Harlem in Oak Park. Charles E. White, an architect who worked in the Oak Park studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the building specifically for the Day Nursery, in 1926.

Catherine A. Hart, Executive Director of the Day Nursery, says, "We love our building because of its grace and elegance, but also because of the history it represents." Ms. Hart has been the Executive Director of the Day Nursery for 22 years. The centennial celebration of the Day Nursery will be in October of 2012.

This core mission has continued and today, the Day Nursery is 501(3) (c) non-profit agency licensed by the Village of Oak Park and the State of Illinois to provide full-time childcare and a preschool education to up to 77 children ages 2.5 to 6 years old. The Day Nursery serves families of all income levels, races, religions, ethnicities, and educational backgrounds from Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and surrounding communities.

The Day Nursery is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is a national organization working to improve the well-being of young children from birth to 8 years old by ensuring high quality educational and developmental services.

The Day Nursery is accepting enrollment for the 2011-2012 program year. Please call the Day Nursery at 708-383-8211 for more information or to schedule a visit.

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