Alderman Smith visits Edgewater Early Learning Center

Center unveils new classroom for two-year-olds

Alderman Mary Ann Smith of Chicago’s 48th Ward visited the Edgewater Early Learning Center, 5244 N. Lakewood, on Wednesday, May 19, to celebrate the opening of a new classroom for 2-year-olds.

With help from a group of children, Alderman Smith cut the ribbon to the new classroom in the Chicago child care center, which will eventually serve up to 12 children. She also read the book “On the Day You Were Born,” and presented a copy of the book to the students.

“The new classroom is a bright and cheerful space for children with a variety of learning centers for children to explore, discover and create,” said Connie Acevedo, center director. “We have received numerous calls from families in this community for services for younger children, and we are excited to open a new classroom to meet this need.”

The ribbon-cutting was followed by an open house and community resource fair for current and prospective families.

Edgewater Early Learning Center, previously known as the Kids Hope Child Development Center, has been in the community since 2006 and currently serves children ages 2 – 12. Learn more at

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