Chicago Child Care Society

About The Preschool Center in Hyde Park

The Preschool Center is an integral part of the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS), which has served children, youth and their families since 1849. Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, The Preschool Center has offered a rich early education experience to young children since 1963.

The Preschool Center’s educational philosophy is project based; children learn by doing. Our program encourages students to explore things that interest them. Teachers create a stimulating atmosphere that encourages children to discover and learn with confidence.

Accreditations and Licensing

The Preschool Center is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the City of Chicago departments including: Board of Health, Fire Department, Building, Sanitation and Ventilation.

The Preschool Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Early childhood programs accredited by the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement. Each NAEYC accredited program must meet all 10 of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. NAEYC accreditation is the mark of quality for our accredited programs.

Chicago Child Care Society is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). CCCS is a member of the Child Care Association, Child Welfare League of America, and United Way of Chicago.

CCCS provides innovative, community-based education and social service programs that address the current and emerging needs of vulnerable children and their families.

For more information about the Preschool Center – or a tour – contact Katie Caddell at 773-643-0452, Ext. 2426 or