About Us

We are dedicated to being rich in diversity as a multi-cultural environment, both in our teaching staff and the student groups.

Early Learning Foundations (ELF) has been serving Chicago and its suburbs for over 20 years.  Preschool is an important stage in a child’s development. We believe a combination of early learning and socializing your child will help expand their horizons early in life. Our preschool offers a rich and diverse multicultural environment that will help your child grow. The teachers at Early Learning Foundations are heavily experienced in childcare, education, and are state certified. Of equal importance is the warmth and care they provide to the students and their parents. Your child’s care and education is our number one focus.

Early Learning Foundations director, Manira Weathers, has a psychology background and is well qualified in helping with your children’s success, managing a great staff, and answering the concerns of all parents. For up-to-date information on upcoming special events, field trips, and other activities, ask about our monthly newsletter.

Our Program

teaching students in class
  • Children Ages 2 – 6
  • Full Day Operation (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
  • Full Day, Half Day and After School Programs
  • Nutritious Snacks and Hot Lunches
  • Constructive Play
  • Indoor & Outdoor Activities

Indoor Activities

teacher helping out student
  • Arts Enrichment
  • Daily Story Time
  • Water & Rice Tables
  • Spanish Language Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Music and Drama
  • Dance and Creative Movement
  • Parent Presentations

Outdoor Activities

students learning outside
  • Walking Trips to Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Chicago Academy of Science
  • Chicago Historical Society
  • Lake Michigan Beach & Park
  • Local Shops, Community Centers, etc.
  • Play in Sandburg Play Lot, Mall and Park
  • Special field trips with a school bus are also programmed