Day Care and Preschool Programs for Children with Autism

Day Care and Preschool Programs for Children with Autism

Acorn Child Care Center - Good Shepard

4815 W. 155th St. Oak Forest, IL
708-687-2600

Provides child care for individuals 6 months - 13 years; inclusive environment for both children who are typically development and with developmental disabilities. Staff have specialized training in caring for children with disabilities.  


Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Early Intensive Home-Based Treatment: The PUENTES Program
3040 N. Wilton Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-7340

Twelve-month early intensive home-based treatment for young children with autism. The program begins with intensive parent training at the center, followed by therapy in the home three times per week with parents actively involved in the child's treatment.


AERO - AERO Special Education Cooperative

7600 S. Mason Ave., Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 496-3330

Half or full-day education program designed for children who exhibit severe to moderate delays in one or more areas of development. Program utilizes the principles of applied behavior analysis for skill acquisition and behavior management and TEACCH for communication and structure.


Autism Home Support Services - Early Learners Group

Locations in Northbrook, Arlington Heights, Chicago and Springfield.

(844) 247-7222

The Early Learnrs Group is an alternative program to help children get ready for their next academic milestones if your child is struggling in kindergarten or almost but not quite ready for daycare.


Autism Service Provider & Beyond

800 W 5th Ave #104, Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 548-0749
admin@autismserviceprovider.com

Provides in-home ABA, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and early intervention services. A center-based early intensive behavioral intervention program, parent education and support groups are also available.


Black Bear Academy

Katie Oglesbee, M.S., CCC-SLP, Therapeutic Director
1801 West Bryon, Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 244-0700
koglesbee@blackbearacademy.com

Black Bear Academy has pre-academic, academic, and therapeutic programs that provide a supportive environment for children ranging from 18 months to 6 years to encourage development of school readiness skills, independence, and social interactions through thematic, play based learning and positive peer models.


Blue Bird Day School

(312) 243-8487
info@bbdprogram.com
Multiple locations:

  • North Center: 1921 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
  • West Loop: 310 N Loomis St, Chicago, IL 60607 
  • Wheaton: 140 E Loop Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189 Phone 312-724-3139 

Blue Bird Day is designed to foster socialization, sensory regulation and academic learning in children ages 2-9 in a Pre-School and Kindergarten setting.


Center for Behavior Intervention, Inc

Locations in Barrington, St. Charles, Naperville, Mokena and Peru, IL
708-995-5751
info@cbitherapy.com

ABA Therapy: The team at CBI is dedicated to working with your family to do what is in the best interest of your loved one, through effective applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy.

Social Skills Groups (Hangouts): Available old elementary, middle school and high school aged children; many are mixed groups with individuals with ASD and typically developing peers. 

Therapeutic Playgroup & Preschool: Specifically designed to the developing child; open to individuals who are typically developing as well as with ASD, behavioral challenges and/or other learning differences.


Cherry Preschool

Rhonda Cohen, inclusion director
1418 Lake St., Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 492-1213
office@cherrypreschool.org

An NAEYC accredited school that integrates children with special needs in the regular preschool setting to learn appropriate social, language, and play skills.


The Chicago Autism Project

Chicagoland area
Will McNamara
(773) 615-4448
will@chicagoautismproject.org

Provide children, ages 2-6, with autism and developmental disabilities access to Speech and Language Therapy, Feeding Therapy, ABA therapy, Occupational therapy, Physical therapy, Therapeutic Preschool Programs, and Diagnostic Evaluations. 


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.


Christopher House - Greenview - 2507 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 472-1083

Christopher House - Logan Square - 3255 W. Altgeld St., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-4073

Christopher House - Rogers Park - 7059 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: (773) 274-5477

Christopher House - Uptown - 4701 N. Winthrop St., Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 769-4540

Christopher House provides free or reduced cost early childhood education services and high quality childcare as well as family support services. They welcome and support children with diagnosed or suspected disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.


Communication Clubhouse - Connections Academy

  • 2901 Finley Rd, #102, Downers Grove, IL 60515, 630.495.6800
  • Jefferson Park: 4958 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630, 773.205.8505
  • Roscoe Village: 2630 West Bradley Place, Suite A, Chicago, IL 60618, 312.955.0089

Clubhouse Connections Academy is a partial-day program that offers a social therapeutic setting suited to their needs.


CST Academy

1422 W Willow St Suite 103, Chicago, IL 60642
773-620-7800

CST Academy is a therapeutic preschool program that offers a holistic approach to meet the unique developmental goals and needs of every child.


Easterseals

Gilchrist-Marchman Child Development Center
Raina Sajous, Program manager
1312 S. Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 492-7402
rsajous@easterseals.org

Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center is an inclusive early childhood and education program recognized for high quality, family-centered education for children ages 6 months to 5 years.


Easterseals Joliet 

Serving Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford & Iroquois Counties
212 Barney Drive Joliet, IL  60435
815.927.5472 

Easterseals Joliet offers a variety of support services for young children including Early Intervention, Jump Start, and inclusive childcare and preschool for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.  Parents can contact the Autism and Medical Diagnostic Clinic for diagnostic evaluations and pediatric therapy including feeding, speech, occupational, physical, developmental, social skills, and ABA. The clinic also provides parent support groups and inclusive childcare during meetings. 


El Valor

(312) 666-4511
info@elvalor.net

  • Cicero: 2434 S Kildare Ave, Chicago, IL 60623
  • Pilsen: 1951 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
  • South Chicago: 3050 E 92nd St, Chicago, IL 60617

Child: Early Intervention, Head Start, Preschool and programming for early childhood

Adult: Programming includes day programs, vocational training and long-term residential housing


EYES ON THE FUTURE

6969 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, 60626, Rogers Park, West Rogers Park
info@eyesonthefuture.net
773-973-0771

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


GADS HILL CENTER

cvega@gadshillcenter.org
773-521-1196
1919 W. Cullerton St., Chicago, 60608 (Pilson, Brighton Park, Chicago Lawn, North Lawndale)

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.


GBC Autism Services

(312) 882-1024
info@gbcaustismservices.com

Provides a variety of customized quality services based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), including in-home ABA therapy, therapeutic preschool program (ages 2-6), school consultations, and social skills groups for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the greater Chicagoland area, Peoria and Normal Illinois.  Preschool locations in Bolingbrook, Normal and Peoria, IL.


Guadalupano Family Center

1814 S. PAULINA AVE. CHICAGO, IL 60608, Pilsen/Lower West Side
312-666-3883

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


Howard Intervention Center, Inc. 

21141 Governors Highway, 3rd floor. Matteson IL 60443
(708) 794-6509
management@howardinterventioncenter.org 
Provides all day center-based services for preschool aged children 2-6 years and after school center-based therapy for ages 7-21.


Illinois Action for Children

Chicago's South Suburbs
Felicia McBride, FNP Project Development Manager
felicia.mcbride@actforchildren.org
773-356-8110

The Illinois Action for Children progam links families to financial support for child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-School For All services. The ReCharge Program is a free summer fitness and wellness program for families in the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) developments offered to children between ages 6 and 14.


iCan Dream Center

708-798-4200
info@icandreamcenter.com
18501 Maple Creek Drive, Suite 200, Tinley Park IL 60477

Services include a transitional program, recreational after-school program (ages 12-21), early childhood programming (ages 3-7), and ABA services.


KGH Autism Services

(224) 326-2206
intake@kghautismservices.com
1161 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015

Specializing in developmental-based ABA therapy (NDBI, ESDM) for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with ASD, in the home or at their specialized center. Providing therapeutic preschool and kindergarten, SLP, OT, mental health, parent training, sibling support, social groups, community support, significant problematic behavior support (FA) from early childhood through young adulthood. KGH also offers a Teen & Young Adult Center with a teaching apartment for teaching life skills. Serving Chicagoland, North Shore, West Suburbs, Northwest Suburbs, and Far North Suburbs. KGH has been supporting children and families for over 19 years.


Kick Start Learning and Play

Northfield, IL & Libertyville, IL
(847) 386-6560
info@kickstartptn.com

Clinical services include developmental therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and social skills groups for children up to early adolescence. Additionally, Kick Start has early intervention, therapeutic preschool and summer camp programs. 


LEARN TOGETHER GROW TOGETHER

1126 W. 99th St., Chicago, 60643 (Washington Heights, Englewood, Gage Park)
twarner@lgtgchildcare.com
773-568-4769

Early child development center (ages 2-5).


LifeSpeed Early Learning Center 

1110 North Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60301
(312) 404-7225

LifeSpeed Therapists work 1:1 with children [10 years and under] of all ability levels to foster critical language skills, teach essential pre-academic skills, reduce problem behaviors, and achieve developmental milestones which are essential for future success. The model is centered on a blended approach of in-clinic and in-home sessions. Services in both locations work to compliment one another so our early learners receive consistent, specialized care across all environments.


Lumiere Children's Therapy

Lumiere Children's Therapy
811 W. Evergreen Ave., Suite 306, Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 242-1665
info@lumierechild.com

Multidisciplinary pediatric therapy program located in Chicago that serves the developmental needs of children and their families. Services, both in-home and center-based, include ABA Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Social Work. A therapeutic preschool program, enrichment classes, and summer camps are also available.


Nia Family Center

744 N Monticello Ave, Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 722-0115

Early child development center (ages 0-5); Provides Head Start Programming. Can support IEP advocacy as needed.


ONWARD NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

5423 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, 60639 (Belmont Cragin, Portage Park, Hermosa, Austin, Humboldt Park)
kalanis@onwardhouse.org
773-622-3215

Early child development center (6 weeks – 5 years); Provides Head Start Programming and can support IEP advocacy as needed.


Paulo Freire Family Center  

1653 W. 43rd Street, Chicago, IL 60609, Back of the Yards (New City)
773-826-6260

Early child development center (6 weeks – 5 years); Provides Head Start Programming and can support IEP advocacy as needed.


The Place for Children with Autism

Locations in Rogers Park, Little Village, Pilsen, Portage Park, Hermosa, Mount Greenwood, South Chicago, Cicero, and Urbana
224-436-0788
info@theplaceforchildrenwithautism.com

We offer full day ABA therapy in a pre-school like environment for children with Autism.


Playworks Therapy, Inc

2500 W Bradley Place Suite 109 Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 332- 9439
info@playworkschicago.com

Using a multisensory and developmental approach, your child will work on attention, engagement, grasping, handwriting, self-regulation, self-help skills, sensory processing, sleep, social/peer interactions, and visual motor skills in this play-based therapy.


Pyramid Pre-K Early Learning Center

3048 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
312-458-9865
info@pediatricresources.org

Individualized curriculum to allow for both academic and therapeutic services.


RUSH Kids Pediatric Therapy

Therapuetic preschool offered at three locations: 

  • Chicago: 2400 N Sheffield Ave Chicago, IL 60614 (773.389.2202)
  • St. Charles: 3815 East Main Street  (630.584.7530)
  • Hinsdale: 522 West Chestnut Street (331.271.5070)

RUSH Kids offers a specialized pediatric service, Foundations for Learning. Foundations for Learning is a therapeutic program designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ranging in age from 2 to 6 years old. The program serves as an alternative to a traditional early childhood setting. We take a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team approach incorporating Physical, Occupational, Speech-Language, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy


Step Forward Therapy & Preschool

Arlington Heights, IL

Step Forward Therapy provides individual and group therapy for Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy, as well as preschool groups are for children between the ages of 2-6 years old. The program is open to children both with and without a medical diagnosis. Step Forward Therapy  Preschool is a half-day program with options for 1,2, 3 or 4 days a week.


Stride Autism Centers

(312) 554-5578
info@stridecenters.com

Provides center-based ABA therapy and full-day ABA programs for pre-school aged children, 2-6 years.


Summit School

The Autism Spectrum Program
333 W. River Road, Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 468-0490
jwhite@summitdundee.org 

Program offers a one-on-one integrated holistic approach of services including DIR, TEACCH and RDI.


TAYLOR CENTER FOR NEW EXPERIENCES

1633 N. Hamlin Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, Humboldt Park
buncha@chicagocommons.org
773-227-8551

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


Trinity School 

301 Veterans Parkway New Lenox, IL 60451
815-485-6197

Trinity School was founded in 1950, and has evolved to Trinity Services, Inc. to provide a broad range of supports and services for people with disabilities. The school remains a vital support for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. Issues may include developmental delays, autism, behavioral challenges and attention deficit disorder. 


Westside Children’s Therapies
IGNITE Therapeutic Day Program 

Locations throughout the Chicagoland area, including Frankfort, Shorewood, Joliet, Plainfield, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Schaumburg, Orland Park, New Lenox, Tinley Park, Willowbrook, Carol Stream, and Shorewood. 
815-469-1500

IGNITE is a school readiness ABA therapy day program  for children ages 2-6, or those that should be functioning at a typical preschool level. The goal of the program is to get these children ready for a typical school setting.


YMCA - Early Education & Care programming 
 
Specialized programming for young children through age 5 operates at the following:
 
Garfield Park YMCA: Effie O. Ellis YMCA
Greektown: Early Learning & Demonstration Center  
Auburn Gresham: Jeanne Kenney YMCA
Logan Square: McCormick YMCA
North Lawndale: North Lawndale YMCA
Lower West Side/Little Village: Rauner YMCA 
South Side: South Side YMCA