ITAV Early Learning Center
A west side home away from home for ages birth to three.
Our Early Head Start program goes above and beyond what other programs provide.
We utilize the Creative Curriculum for birth to age 3 infants and toddlers to offer a nurturing, safe, child-centered environment in which the child leads based upon their natural curiosity. We believe that creating an environment that arouses children’s curiosity in conjunction with intentional teaching provides two-year-olds the opportunity to leave our facility with good social
skills, language development, potty training, knowledge of basic colors and shapes, and the ability to identify a few alphabet and numbers. To enhance our program, we often bring in puppet shows, petting zoos, and other activities to ensure that our infants and toddlers are exposed to an array of resources that enhance brain development.
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Site Director, ITAV Early Learning Center
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our mission is your child's healthy growth & success
ITAV Early Learning Center (ages birth to 3) is located at 4000 W Division St., on the same block as our Child Care Services center (ages 3 to 5) at 4020 W Division St.
The low staff-to-student ratio allows each child’s natural curiosity to direct his or her learning and to shape our curriculum. Our highly qualified teachers (Masters and Bachelor Degrees) and staff are committed to working within each child’s comfort zone to ensure optimal social, emotional and educational results. All staff have received satisfactory background checks, and are certified in Pediatric CPR and First Aid.
Early Head Start
It Takes A Village receives supplement funding from the City of Chicago’s Department of Family Support Services (DFSS) to provide children enrolled in our program with high-quality early learning experiences. Our Early Head Start program provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive evidence-based child development and family support services to help families prepare their young children under age five for later school success.
Early Prevention Initiative
Our Prevention Initiative (PI) classrooms adhere to the same level of quality as our Early Head Start classrooms. The goal of PI is to expand access to the Early Head Start (EHS) model as well as other birth to 3 models. The goal is to serve additional children from birth to age 3 and help grantees increase program quality. A major component of our Prevention Initiative Program is “Continuity of Care”. This model ensures children and families are consistently engaged in high-quality early learning experiences through stable relationships with caregivers who are sensitive and responsive to a young child’s signals and needs. Children remain with the same group and same teacher while in our 0-3 program.
My toddler’s face lights up with excitement every time we are approaching his school. It gives me a great sense of comfort knowing that he is in great hands while I am away from him.
14 years have passed since my story with ITAV began. I am so grateful to the ITAV family for allowing my three daughters and me to be part of their great family. There have been great moments and memories that will always remain in my mind. Thank you ITAV for your support and commitment.
ITAV’s teachers are truly a third parent in raising our kids and an essential part of our family! We not only lean on them for childcare, we turn to them for emotional support as parents, laughs after a stressful day at work, and honest feedback about what our kids need that we might be missing.
After receiving my Childhood Development Associate credential through the Early Childhood Workforce program at ITAV, I realized how much I love learning about children and think I want to pursue getting my Masters in Child Development.
ITAV Parent and Family Support Staff Representative
Clinical Psychologist, CPS Teacher
ITAV Early Childhood Workforce Program Graduate
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