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.

Cornerstone is a Christian organization but we welcome and honor people of all faiths. We have a diverse population with children from many countries who speak many languages. As a nonprofit organization established by LaSalle Street Church, we keep our tuition affordable and offer a scholarship program for families who qualify for extra assistance.

Learn more about what you can expect in our age-graded programs for Infants and Toddlers, Twos and Early Preschool, Preschool, and Pre-kindergarten.

What Cornerstone Kids and Parents Say

I don’t know if I can express in words how wonderful this place is. Our son attended Cornerstone for over 3 years since he was 2 years old. The first thing you notice when you come in is the feeling of being at home, a sense of community, and caring. Everyone that works there have been wonderful, from the teachers to the front desk person and the directors… It’s a very diverse school, with kids and families from all walks of life, background, ethnicities, and languages spoken. Plus, it’s the best priced school in the neighborhood 🙂

Agnes Z.

This is a fantastic school. My daughter is always playing happily when I pick her up. There are daily activities for the kids which happen weekly — music, science, Spanish, art, and gym class. The staff is great; you can tell they are committed to every child’s success. I couldn’t have imagined a better place for my child.

Oksana M.

Both my kids go here, and I could not be happier with how much they have grown and learned in this school these last two years. When we did our research and started to tour city schools, what stood out about CCLC is their caring staff, their very diverse student body, their commitment to a rigorous academic curriculum, fun set-up, a fantastic Summer Camp Program, the fact that they have a cook who has been preparing meals for the children for nearly two decades, and the memorable Spring and Holiday Performances. Most parents do everything they can to offer their children a bright future, and I feel that for us, that important first step has been that of having chosen Cornerstone Children’s Learning Center for their education!

Ermelinda C.

… When it was turn for our second child to start daycare a few months ago, there was no question as to where he would go. Both kids love going to their ‘school’. They learn lots, the class is small enough that the children get personal attention from their teachers depending on their needs and abilities, yet they also get the socialization and classroom experience we wanted for them.


The teachers are warm and absolutely amazing with the children. We feel we were really blessed to discover such a wonderful school that is setting such a solid foundation for our little one on so many levels, and preparing her for academic success for elementary school and beyond!

Tasha I

We have a 2 year old daughter enrolled in Cornerstone and we couldn’t be happier. She really enjoys the interaction not only with her teachers and classmates, but the staff as well. She is happy to go to school and has no problems spending a full day (~ 5pm) there. The teachers keep us informed about her progress, her engagement in the curriculum and her well-being… Regarding cost. CCLC is very affordable especially compared to others in downtown Chicago. This is a non-profit organization that truly cares in what they’re doing.


The teachers at Cornerstone are so great. They are loving and kind and genuinely seem happy to be working there. The turnover is extremely low for a daycare facility in this city, and they have had the same management for years. The cost savings is due to the facility’s 501(c)(3) status. This enables them to focus on care versus profits … Importantly, I’m surprised by how much my daughter is learning.  The facility has an outdoor play space which enables my daughter to get time playing outdoors without having to go to a local park, which is rare for daycare facilities in Chicago. Overall, I couldn’t recommend this gem highly enough.

J. V.

I highly recommend Cornerstone. All of the highly qualified teachers bring different skills and talents to their classrooms, and they all seem to know every child. We know that when our son moves into the next level, the teachers already know and appreciate him for who he is. The staff members are also highly participatory in the daily activities and the children love them all. Everyone is so patient and kind. We have all learned so much from being members of this community!

Kristina F.

Caring, safe and diverse! We can’t say enough about CCLC. Our son started at the center right after he turned 2, this fall he will graduate and head to kindergarten. We have had a wonderful experience with all of the teachers and staff. Everyone is so caring and warm and our son has thrived there. It is truly a hidden gem in our neighborhood.

Lana Z.

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LaSalle Street Church

Founded by LaSalle Street Church.

Accredited by NAEYC.