Concordia Place provides over 35 years of experience in delivering high-quality early childhood programming for children six weeks to five years. Our child development centered approach provides a well-rounded experience and ensures children become confident, joyful and fully prepared students. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and achieving the ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality rating brings standards of excellence to our programming.
We meet the needs of working families with hours from 7am – 6pm and a sliding scale tuition structure. Our classrooms are designed and constructed with children’s learning and nurturing in mind. They are safe, comfortable places that promote relationships between the teaching staff and young children. We provide ample indoor and outdoor space which allows infants, toddlers and preschoolers room to explore, learn and develop.
children age 6-weeks to 5-years old are served in our programs each year
- Excellent staff qualifications – All teaching staff meet or exceed licensing and NAEYC staff qualifications
- Ongoing staff training and supervision
- Quarterly on-site professional development trainings
- Continuing reflective practice and mentoring
- NAEYC accredited and complying with Illinois Early Learning Standards
- Small class sizes with low child-staff ratios
- Bi-lingual staff in each classroom
- Curriculum (with intentional and specific focus on language and literacy, social-emotional development, problem-solving and numeracy, motor development, Spanish enrichment and the arts)
- Serving children organic lunches and healthy snacks
- Program hours to best serve parents 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Working in a comprehensive and intentional way to create the optimal environment for your child’s physical, social and academic development, we utilize the Teaching Strategies Gold curriculum in our Early Childhood programs. This approach is based on academic research in early childhood development which states that children learn best when engaged in activities that offer choice, encourage flexibility and promotes individualized learning.
- Preparing children for kindergarten and social and academic success
- Focusing on building each child's emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills
- Offering multi-cultural and developmentally appropriate materials and equipment
- Using current multi-disciplinary activities such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in classrooms
- Offering open communication with families in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect
- Providing community resources that support children and families
Offering an economically inclusive program structure, which creates classrooms that reflect a rich, multi-faceted diversity in race, ethnicity, and economic backgrounds
- Building strong family partnerships and parent support for children’s learning
- Economically inclusive tuition structure, weekly tuition payments, sliding tuition scale
- Action for Children certificates accepted
- Open House and program tours available
- Tuition includes two snacks and an organic lunch
To help us serve you better, please first complete our Contact Us Form. Our Enrollment Manager, Mary Martinez-Verner can also be reached at 773.463.1600 ext.222.
Meet our Site Directors
Adrianne Gonzalez – Site Director, Concordia On Seeley
Adrianne has had a passion for children her whole life. Her eight years of experience with Concordia Place and another early childhood education center has given her opportunities to teach two‐ through five‐ year olds, open new classrooms, and mentor new teachers. Adrianne has assisted both Concordia Place sites with the NAEYC accreditation process, which then led to her promotion to Assistant Director and now Site Director. Adrianne helped launch the Seeley Early Learning program expansion in 2013. She earned her BS in Early Childhood Education along with her Type 04 State of Illinois Teaching Certificate from DePaul University.
Sarah Spraker – Site Director, Concordia On Whipple
Sarah has held a variety of program and leadership roles since she joined the Concordia Place team in 2004. Sarah started as a teacher in the summer camp program at the Seeley site and within three years, she was promoted to Assistant Director then Site Director at Seeley. In 2012, Sarah moved to the Whipple Center as its Site Director. She has led both sites through the NAEYC reaccreditation process. Sarah also helped lead the effort to open a two-year‐old program at Seeley. In addition, Sarah served on the Board of Directors for the North Center Chamber of Commerce for four years and was the chairperson for their Community Events committee. She received her BA in Elementary Education and Human Development from Boston College, and has continued her education with graduate‐level coursework at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Erikson Institute.