Who We Are

Who is educare west dupage

our philosophy

2022-23 Annual Report

Our History

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Who Is Educare West DuPage?

Educare West DuPage, a model early learning school located in West Chicago, IL in DuPage County, opened its doors in 2012, as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Educare serves 182 children from birth to five years old, 10 pregnant women and their families between two locations.

Educare’s comprehensive program incorporates what science says young children need to flourish. Our dual-language program gives young children a solid foundation in English and Spanish. Educare West DuPage empowers parents through leadership programs and parent-child education, making them strong advocates for children and families. We also value community partnerships, and have established relationships with community organizations to offer even more opportunities for our children and families.

Educare West DuPage employees are offered embedded professional development to ensure their skills are continually refined and enhanced. The school is a public-private partnership and is funded through a mix of federal Head Start and Early Head Start funding, Illinois early childhood education funding and child care dollars, and private donations.

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Through partnerships with families and communities Educare West DuPage will lead, inspire, and deliver early childhood education that supports all of our young children and families in reaching their full potential. We educate policy, business, and community leaders on the value that high-quality early learning programs bring to families and the community.

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A world in which all young children and families receive the support they need to achieve their full potential.

Our Locations

​Our Pearl Road facility is LEED certified and includes:

  • 6 classrooms for preschool age children
  • 6 classrooms for infants and toddlers
  • A multi-purpose room where children can play indoors as needed
  • A training center for early childhood professionals throughout the western suburbs, to develop their skills in educating young children
  • A library and resource center for children, parents and professionals
  • 2 Two Playgrounds designed specifically for infants, toddlers and preschoolers
  • Offices, meeting rooms, and a commercial kitchen
  • Community meeting space
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Our Glen Arbor space includes:

  • 4 birth to three classrooms
  • A multi-purpose room where children can play indoors as needed
  • A playground designed for infants and toddlers
  • An office and kitchen
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Our Philosophy

Educare West DuPage is part of a national network of effective early childhood education schools. Educare schools make certain that young children from the most at-need communities have the best possible opportunity for success in life. Our rigorous research shows that Educare works–our students enter kindergarten with the school readiness skills they need to succeed.

Educare’s approach helps children, families and communities thrive. Educare unites education professionals, private-sector leaders, policymakers, families and other like-minded champions to improve access to high-quality early childhood education across the country.

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Annual Report

Because of donors, volunteers, and partners like you, we are able to continue serving West Chicago and surrounding communities by leading, inspiring, and delivering early childhood education that supports all of our young children in reaching their full potential. Here’s a look at what the past year has looked like for us!

We are so proud of all that we accomplished this past year, thanks to your support!

2022-2023 Year End Report
2021-2022 Year End Report
2020-2021 Year End Report
2019-2020 Year End Report

We are a trusted organization who values financial transparency with our community. Please see below for our current 990’s and Financial Reports.

2022 Form 990 | 2022-2023 Financial Report
2021 Form 990 | 2021-2022 Financial Report
2020 Form 990 | 2020-2021 Financial Report
2019 Form 990 | 2019-2020 Financial Report

Our History

Educare West DuPage was founded in 2008. During our first few years, we focused on acquiring a site and raising the necessary capital to construct an early childhood facility, with the goal of expanding access to early childhood care and education in West Chicago, Illinois.

In September of 2011, Educare West DuPage began directly serving children and families in temporary locations while our facility was being built. Our Pearl Road facility was completed in June 2012, and we began serving children and families in early July of 2012.

In November of 2022, Educare West DuPage at Glen Arbor opened four additional birth to three classrooms in a renovated space in the local Glen Arbor Community Church.

Thank you to our founding partners who helped Educare West DuPage become the school that it is today!

  • Gustafson Family Foundation
  • Positive Parenting DuPage
  • ​Pritzker Children’s Initiative
  • West Chicago Elementary District 33
  • McCormick Foundation
  • The Ounce of Prevention Fund
  • Buffett Early Childhood Fund