Welcome to Cornerstone Children’s Learning Center—a Childtime Center
Cornerstone Children’s Learning Center offers a warm and welcoming learning environment for infants 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten. We have a great team of teachers and a warm, secure, creative, and comfortable facility including play areas both inside and outside above street level.
We are accredited by NAEYC, the highest standard in early childhood education. Our teachers lavish love and acceptance on every child as they grow in the social, emotional and problem-solving skills they need. We are proud to offer Health & Fitness, Spanish, Music, Yoga, Art and Science each week.
We Respect and Support Diversity
While Cornerstone is a Christian organization, it welcomes and honors all. “When children interact from a very young age — even at the infant level — with children who do not look like themselves and see parents who look different from their parents, that helps them grow up with a more inclusive attitude,” says Lois Scott, Executive Director.
“We teach children to appreciate that not everyone is like you, but that we all celebrate and have family rituals,” says Scott. “Cornerstone has a significant international population and a great number of parents of mixed ethnicities, and many of our children speak or understand more than one language,” she adds. The center’s International Board showcases pictures of the children and flags of the nations represented within the school. That message of inclusiveness is reinforced by celebrating the holidays of many cultures and religions such as Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Hannukah and Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights.
At Cornerstone, diversity goes beyond ethnicity to include different socioeconomic levels. “We subsidize our tuition for some families so some who could not otherwise attend are able to,” Scott says. “This year we will give back nearly 10% to families in need. CCLC is a nonprofit so we can operate a little differently and invest back into the center and the families that attend.” Read an interview with Executive Director, Lois Scott about Cornerstone’s diversity philosophy in Chicago Parent, How a Diverse Preschool Helps Kids ‘Respect and Support Differences’.
Learn more about what you can expect in our age-graded programs for Infants and Toddlers, Early Preschool, Preschool, and Pre-kindergarten.