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The Thresholds Early Learning Center provides a safe and fun environment that supports individual learning and development for children ages 5 and below. Using the interactive and activity-focused Creative Curriculum, teachers will promote learning through guided activities in smaller settings, which will allow for intimate and individualized attention.

A woman with a hand puppet talking to a group of toddlers sitting in a circle and looking up at her. One toddler is hugging her.Here are some of the other benefits that you and your child will receive:

  • Children receive two nutritious meals and one snack daily
  • Outdoor play area
  • Food, formula, diapers and pull-ups are provided at no additional cost
  • No enrollment fees
  • No parent co-pays
  • Security cameras in all classrooms and outdoor play area
  • Developmental screenings conducted quarterly
  • Field trips

How to Apply

The Early Learning Center partners with families and their children from 6-weeks until age five to provide a relationship-based, family-centered, child-focused, and research-driven early care and education program that fosters the comprehensive development of young children and improves the quality of life for the children and families we serve.

We accept families that meet the criteria for Illinois Action for Children, and have immediate openings for children of all qualifying ages. Parents must be working, in school, or in a job-training program to qualify. You must also meet the income requirements listed below.

Family Size Maximum Income
2 $2,470/month
3 $3,108/month
4 $3,747/month

Call or email today to schedule a tour! We are happy to help you through the application process or answer any questions you may have. Please bring all necessary documentation with you if you schedule an appointment. All paperwork must be turned in prior to your child starting daycare.

To apply now, see our ELC Enrollment Application and Needed Documentation List.

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Thresholds Early Learning Center is open from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM Monday through Friday.

We are closed for major holidays and four times per year for staff training.

Contact Us

Phone: 773 537-3393
1110 W Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657


Safety is our number one priority. When it comes to the safety of your child there is no such thing as being too careful. The many safety precautions put in place by Early Learning Center include the following:

  • Our three classrooms and outdoor play area are all equipped with security cameras so director can monitor at all times
  • Our nurse consultant visits monthly and provides training on health topics and provides feedback for our staff
  • All of our daycare staff are CPR and First Aid certified
  • Background checks are performed on all staff members in compliance with DCFS


“This school is very helpful to my son’s educational needs. They provide great services and they keep me updated with everything he has learned and his next step in learning” – Aamira, son aged 12 months

“My daughter Lotus started Thresholds at 10 months and since the very beginning, during the walk through and visitation of the facility, I have been quite pleased with my experience. My daughter consistently meets her developmental milestones and I know that’s the daily hard work of the teachers and the excellent job they do daily.” – Chianti, daughter aged 2

“The ELC is not only a program [to encourage] kids to learn, but to mature and grow with love. From the experience I’ve witnessed, Early Learning Center is heaven to all children. No other place I would recommend other kids to go.” – Joe, daughters aged 2.5 and 4

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