After School Programs for Children with Autism

Elementary School

Charlie's Gift

Center for Autism and Related Disorders
1048 W. Ogden Ave, Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60521
Phone: (630) 323-7500 x239

Group focuses on building social, play and daily living skills.

Chicago Commons – Early Childhood Education

In collaboration with its delegate partners, Chicago Commons is now able to support learning and development for more than 1,750 children across 18 Chicagoland neighborhoods that have tremendous need for quality early learning opportunities coupled with access to supportive resources.

Chicago Park District - Vittum Park (After School Programs) 

Vittum Park-Special Recreation/Homework Help and Reading Program
5010 W. 50th St, Chicago, IL 60638
Phone: (773) 798-1747


Pilson, Brighton Park, Chicago Lawn, North Lawndale
1919 W. Cullerton St, Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (773) 521-1196

North Lawndale location provides early child development center (ages 2-5); provides after-school programming (ages 6-12) until 5:30 PM for families that qualify.

Guadalupano Family Center

Pilsen/Lower West Side
1814 S. Paulina Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 666-3883

Early child development center (ages 2-5); provides after-school programming (ages 5-12) until 6 PM for families that qualify.

Have Dreams

515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 685-0250

Provides after school, weekend, and special programs. Program starts at 4:15 p.m. Social games and swim programs.

LEEP Forward


  • 1447 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
  • 1280 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (773) 944-0864

Offered a rolling enrollment K-8th Grade therapeutic preschool for individuals with autism. Afterschool programs available.

Project Org + Design Studio (PODS)

1401 E. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60619
Phone: (773) 221-7171

PODS provides the full scale of therapy services and serves as a one stop shop for children on the spectrum of autism to receive ABA, Occupational, Speech, Physical and Nutrition services. Also has a full service inclusive preschool for children with and without developmental delays ages 15 mos.-5 years, and an after-school and summer program for children ages 6-13.


Humboldt Park
1633 N. Hamlin Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (773) 227-8551

Early child development center (ages 2-5); provides after-school programming (ages 5-12) until 6 PM for families that qualify.