At Mary Crane Center, we focus on the knowledge children bring to the classroom and we expand on that existing knowledge. We utilize a Creative Curriculum to serve the whole child emphasizing social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. The children’s ideas and interests help determine what they learn each day.

Our teachers have either master’s or bachelor’s degrees in the field of early childhood education, and some have additional certification.


  • Infant care for children 6 weeks to 15-months (at Near Northwest Location)
  • Toddler classrooms for 15-month-olds to 24-month-olds
  • Two-year-old classrooms for 24-month-olds to 36-month-olds
  • Preschool classrooms for three- to five-year-olds
  • Nurturing, knowledgeable, and qualified teachers
  • Bilingual staff
  • Access and exposure to language tools
  • Playtime that inspires child-to-child interaction
  • Daily structured outdoor play
  • Emphasis on healthy living
  • A culturally rich and diverse classroom environment
  • Intergenerational programs (foster grandparents in the classroom)
  • Strong community partnerships
  • Professional services for children with special needs
  • Monthly field trips to places like the Shedd Aquarium, pumpkin farm, or museums
  • Breakfast and lunch that satisfy children’s daily nutritional requirements


  • Opportunities to get involved in your child’s growth and development
  • Quarterly parent-teacher conferences
  • Shared breakfast with child before work (if time permits)
  • Monthly parent meetings on budgeting, parenting issues, health, special needs, and other relevant topics


image Fully licensed by the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago. Mary Crane’s Lathrop, Lake and Pulaksi, Molade and Morse locations have received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

image Mary Crane’s Lathrop, Lake and Pulaksi, Molade and Morse locations have received the Gold Circle of Quality award. Lathrop is the first in the State of Illinois to receive Gold Circle of Quality award. This award granted to early childhood educators from ExceleRate Illinois.