Concordia Lutheran Church responds to the request of 3 single mothers and creates a child care center to provide after school care for 12 children ages 6 to 12 years old
Concordia adds a preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years old
NAEYC accreditation helps grow enrollment to almost 100
Concordia opens its second center and serves all ages – infants, young children, teens, adults and seniors
Enrollment across programs grows to over 300
Teen Leadership offers paid internships so teenagers build skills and real work experience
Concordia Place launched its Growth and Opportunity strategy to address Chicago’s need for early learning.
Concordia on Ravenswood opened in 2016 and Concordia on Milwaukee opened in 2018.
Concordia responds to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing emergency child care, reopening as soon as possible for in-person early childhood programming for all, and pivoting school-age 365 programming to provide virtual e-learning support.
We started with a Yes.
Throughout our history, we find a way to say Yes—such as serving more communities, adding programs for more ages, and even providing emergency child care services and pivoting programs to serve during strikes and pandemics.
Concordia Place continues to find a way to say “Yes” for the children, youth, and families it serves.
Here are a few milestones on our journey.
We put our faith into action through service to all our neighbors, instilling in them a sense of community, purpose, and possibility. Rooted in the Gospel message of God’s grace for all people, we are inspired to share our gifts. Our faith is a lens through which we view and evaluate all our actions.
At our core is a “Yes” mindset. This attitude drives us to meet growing and changing needs with innovative solutions. We find resources, turn possibilities into realities, and remain fresh and cutting edge.
We welcome people from all backgrounds, regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. We seek the common threads that bind us together as community, rather than differences that could divide us. We proactively meet the needs of those we serve by making our programs open and affordable for all.
As Concordia Place grows and expands, opening new programs and locations in new communities, we operate cohesively as one organization. Though we come from different faiths, backgrounds and cultures, we are a team, a family, united by our mission and vision.
Excellence is a hallmark of who we are and is integral in everything we do, from program design to environment to everyday operations. We value leadership, results, and accountability. We leverage partnerships to achieve more than what is possible alone.
Providing opportunity. Growing the Future. Changing Lives.
As a learning organization, Concordia Place is committed to continued improvement. We have learned that distinguishing between the Concordia Place and Concordia Day brands was not necessary.
Starting May 1, all visitors to concordiaday.org will be redirected to day.concordiaplace.org
By unifying around the sole use of the Concordia Place brand, we will provide clarity and focus on our mission to serve families and provide both care and education for their children.