Day School/Preschool Programs for Children with Autism

Day School/Preschool Programs for Children with Autism

Acorn Child Care Center - Good Shepard

4815 W. 155th St. Oak Forest, IL

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.  

AERO Special Education Cooperative

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

Provides special education programming for 12 school districts and provides a number of related services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech services, social work, assistive technology and school nurses.

Autism Home Support Services - Early Learners Group

Locations in Northbrook, Arlington Heights, Chicago and Springfield.

(844) 247-7222

The Early Learners 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

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

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

Brittany Leon
310 N. Loomis Street, Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-8487

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

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.

CST Academy

Karen George, M.S. CCC-SLP
1422 W Willow St Suite 103, Chicago, IL 60642

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

El Valor

(312) 666-4511

  • 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

GBC Autism Services

(312) 882-1024

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.

Howard Intervention Center, Inc. 

21141 Governors Highway, 3rd floor. Matteson IL 60443
(708) 794-6509 
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

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

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
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

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. 

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

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.

The Manhattan Childrens Center (MCC)

111 West 92nd Street, New York, NY 10025

The Manhattan Children's Center (MCC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) school for Autism education and treatment based in New York City. MCC provides world-class treatment and education to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Nia Family Center

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

Early child development center (ages 0-5); Provides Head Start Programming and after school child care providers. 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

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

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

Smart Love Preschool

2222 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Preschool: (773) 665.8052 ext. 1

Smart Love Preschool is a fully-licensed, not-for-profit school serving children ages 6 weeks to 6-years-old. We offer a play-based curriculum, focused on creating a positive relationship with learning in a nurturing environment.

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.

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. 

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.