Providing Positivity, Support, and Balance for Young Children and their families!

Ours is a nurturing, stimulating, and accepting learning environment
that supports young children in developing social skills, self-confidence,
and an understanding of the world around them.

happy children standing in playground at a Preschool & Daycare Serving Chicago, IL

Providing Positivity, Support, and Balance for Young Children and their families!

Ours is a nurturing, stimulating, and accepting learning environment
that supports young children in developing social skills, self-confidence,
and an understanding of the world around them.

Top Rated Preschool & Daycare Serving Chicago, IL

We are currently open and providing care for ALL families!

Our

We Believe In:

integrity

A Devotion to What is Right

RESPECT

Thoughtful, considerate, & fair

support

Assistance & Caring

positivity

Constructive & Optimistic

BALANCE

Healthy & Comfortable Proportion

enlightenment

Greater Knowledge
or Understanding

distinction

Set Apart From Others
in Excellence

Taking Time For Teachable Moments

We place a high value on making time for life’s teachable moments. We allow students to ask questions, inquire, and be creative. Children take the time they need to explore, investigate, and learn in a memorable and lasting way.

Gaining Tools For Future Success

Grounded Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum early childhood philosophy, our standards-based learning programs provide a sound foundation for future success.

Embracing the Whole Child with Experiential Hands-On Learning

Our research-based approach views children as thinkers and problem solvers who learn by doing and experiencing while incorporating aspects of Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia philosophies.

Supporting All Learners through differentiation and Scaffolding

All children learn in their own individual way. We work to identify each child’s unique style and shape our instruction bringing them from where they are, to where  they need to be.

Learning Self-Assurance Through Doing

Developing confidence begins with the opportunity to do things for oneself. For this reason, we give children increasing opportunities for independence in performing self-help skills as they work to become more and more self-sufficient.

Empathy, Sympathy, and Problem-Solving

Our staff lead by example, fostering the development of social emotional skills such as sympathy, teamwork, and problem-solving. In utilizing the Councious Discipline social emotional learning tool, we create a culture of mutual respect and understanding that encourages kind cooperative interactions.

Open-Ended Process-Based Learning

For young learners, classroom activities are packed with creative possibilities and developmental opportunities! We place a high value on the richness of each classroom experience rather than the conformity of the end product.

Developed Learning Themes and Classroom Environments

Based on the interests of their students, our teachers cultivate rich areas of study that engage the children in various themes, topics, and skills. Our classroom learning environments take on attributes of each emphasis, bringing the topics to life for our young learners.

Language and Enrichment

For our youngest learners, incorporating sign language into their regular daily activities offers a means for early communication before spoken language is fully developed. The integration of Spanish within our regular daily routines offers real-life opportunities for our older groups to enjoy and use a second language. Regular yoga with Ms. Cassi, music with Ms. Elisa from Wee Groove, and dance classes with All About Dance makes for a very well rounded learning experience.

A Well Documented Day

Our teams utilize a blend of tools that comfortably document each child’s daily learning activities as well as feeding, sleeping, and elimination information. The use of the Brightwheel parent communication application allows for daily shares of both photos and anecdotal student participation snippets.

Video Camera Monitoring

Video cameras are used to monitor and record our classrooms and other shared spaces of the building. These recordings are available at any point for parents to view. Knowing the classrooms are closely observed provides parents with additional peace of mind.

Additional Support Available

Our program boasts additional support staff available for the personalization and attention every child deserves. Additionally, our highly qualified and dedicated administrators go above and beyond to best serve the individual needs of our students and their families.

Nutritious Family-Style Meals

We partner with Healthy Organic Kids to provide breakfast, lunch, and two snacks each day. These, more refined than typical child care meals, support your child in developing a healthy palate while featuring almost exclusively organic and locally sourced fresh fruits and crisp vegetables.

Onsite Secure Playground and Indoor Large Muscle Play Spaces

Children enjoy outdoor playground time each day in our secure onsite playground.  Groups also enjoy quiet neighborhood walks and dedicated time for movement and enrichment activities in our indoor multi-purpose play areas.

ProCare Keyless Entry System Keeps Your Child Safe

Your child’s safety is of top concern for us here at Kids’ Work Chicago! Our locations are secure with locked exterior doors and ProCare Keyless Entry Systems that grant entrance to only those with a dedicated family or employee code.

Red Tricycle Award

As recipients of the Red Tricycle Award, we couldn’t be more proud. Readers voted for us multiple years in a row as their favorite Local Business in the Childcare and Preschool categories.

Our Location

Kids' Work Chicago Too

Our Parent Reviews

"The center has a feeling of community"
Kids’ Work is such a special place, and we feel so lucky to have found it. Both our kids have thrived here and love going to school. The teachers and administrative staff are very warm and caring. The center has a feeling of community and home that I did not find at any other centers when touring. We highly recommend it and are so grateful to have such a wonderful daycare!
- Amber D.
"They have their own playground on premises"
We love this daycare center! The director, teachers, and staff are all friendly, and caring. They have their own playground on premises. Tuition includes diapers, wipes, meals and snacks, yoga class, and music class! My daughter has been here the last 2 years. She enjoys going to school, and doesn't want to leave at the end of the day. Kids' Work feels like home for us.
- Barry K.
"They've done well to give him some solid foundations"
My wife and I love Kids' Work. My son has been there for over 2 years (since he was about 20 months) and he still prefers to go to school than to stay at home. They've done well to give him some solid foundations in a wide range of activities. He loves his teachers and the insight we get from them into his behaviour have been very helpful. Highly recommended.
- Jonathan G.

Our Founders

Sarah Cudnik,
Owner & Executive Director

With a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, and eight years of primary classroom teaching experience, Sarah has an extensive knowledge of early childhood curriculum and a wealth of creative ideas.

I grew up in my Mom’s in-home daycare, the original Kids’ Work, and believe that children learn best when they are loved, supported, and provided with the opportunity to explore the world around them. Kids’ Work Chicago was born out of a wish to maintain my career as an educator, have a family, and spend as much time with my children as my mom spent with me.

Lynda MacHaila,
Owner

Lynda’s nurturing personality and hands-on approach towards learning have provided a secure and enlightening environment for many generations of children and parents. As the original founder of Kids’ Work, Lynda has provided licensed care for a little over thirty years.

Helping children explore and learn in a hands-on environment brings me happiness and I’m committed to the continued growth and evolution of Kids’ Work Chicago. It is here that we’ll learn something new and laugh every day and in doing so, we’ll change the world.

Our Programs

Infants

6 Weeks - 14 Months

Toddlers

15 - 23 Months

Preschool

2 - 4 Years

Junior
Kindergarten

4 - 6 Years

Infants

6 Weeks - 14 Months

Toddlers

15 - 23 Months

Preschool

2 - 4 Years

Junior
Kindergarten

4 - 6 Years

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Kindergarten

5 - 7 Years

Kids’ Kamp

3 Years - 7 Years