Management: Downtown

Ms. Maria, Director

Ms. Maria is the Director at DCLP with over 17 years experience working with children.  She currently has various early childhood certifications and has been a member of NAEYC for over 12 years.  Shelia is a member of the Voices of Illinois for children serving as a committee person on the Infant and Toddler Commission Board for CAEYC.  Maria is licensed by Illinois and the city of Chicago for Food and Sanitation. As a missionary member for her church, she is committed to her community and her church.  Shelia is currently pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education, after putting her education on hold to raise her three children to become successful, astonishing young adults.

Mr. Alex, Assistant Director

My name is Mr. Alex. I am excited to be the Assistant Director for Downtown Children’s Learning Place. Prior to coming to Downtown, I was an assistant and lead teacher at our Bucktown location. I am a huge supporter of taking advantage of the community resources that downtown Chicago has to offer. In addition to working with families at CLP, in my free time I also like to perform comedy and do a few family-friendly shows throughout Chicago. I look forward to working with all of your families and I hope to become a trusted resource for all of your early childhood education needs.    

Children's Learning Place is an Early Learning Academy focused on offering your child a well-rounded educational experience. Your child's education is based on their interests and abilities. Our program is designed to recognize and respond to the specific needs of your child and their individual pace. Our teachers nurture our students from Infant to Toddler through Preschooler and on to Kindergarten.

Children's Learning Place is dedicated to providing your child a stimulating academic environment including activities that focus on physical and social development. Age appropriate classrooms, which encourage children to learn, play and explore in a happy, relaxed environment prepares each student on their educational path.

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