Bridgeport Child Development Center I

Bridgeport Child Development Center I


“I recommend One Hope United to all my friends & relatives at least once a week. I am extremely pleased with the overall experience for my child and myself at OHU. We definitely feel like we are at an additional home that’s how comfortable we are here. If it was possible we would love to stay here until he/she turns 18. Thank you.” – Parent

The Bridgeport Child Development Center I has been providing the community with the highest quality of early education and care for more than 35 years.

Our center is accredited by the prestigious National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and provides individualized care for children, including children with special needs, in an environment designed to enhance growth and development.

Our teachers use The Creative Curriculum® to plan intentional, individualized learning experiences for children, including children with special needs. Our classroom environments include learning centers such as; blocks, dramatic play, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, and computers.

Everyday Mathematics is used to further enhance math skill development in children ages 3-5 years. Weekly Readers are utilized in our preschool classrooms to expand literacy skills and provide a series of activities parents can do with their children at home.

Children are engaged in activities that promote math, science, cognitive, social-emotional, physical, language and literacy development. Through active involvement with the environment, children learn to understand the world around them as they develop essential school-readiness skills and lay the foundation for a love of learning.

Each quarter, Child Outcome data is shared with parents detailing the learning, growth and development children acquires through participation in our early learning program.

Bridgeport Child Development I implements a Healthy Lifestyles curriculum that emphasizes taking care of our bodies, healthy eating, exercise and protecting the environment. Nutritious, catered menu options are offered for breakfast, lunch and PM snack at no additional cost.

The center boasts two on-site outdoor play areas — including a rooftop playground — and a gym that is available for indoor physical activities, exercise and group games. Gardening, yoga, music and movement, and recycling projects are among the activities provided for children and families throughout the year.

Our teaching teams work with dual language learners and families to support childrens’ home language. The program also offers family support specialists who work closely with families to coordinate and advocate for services that will enhance parent-child relationships and improve child outcomes.

Our after-school curriculum follows the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) philosophy of enhancing learning by helping children to engage in problem-solving, discovery and exploratory learning through hands-on activities. Daily homework time is available with assistance from qualified teachers. Full program days are offered when Chicago Public Schools are closed.

Bridgeport Child Development Center I is committed to developing strong partnerships with parents and families. Some ways in which we welcome and encourage parent involvement and parent leadership opportunities are through monthly parent meetings and workshops, home visits, literacy programs, parent-teacher conferences, newsletters and family outings.

We accept child care subsidies!
Through the CCAP program, we work with families to provide premier child care services at a reduced rate depending on income and additional criteria. For additional information visit our page on the Child Care Assistance Program. To find out if your family meets the criteria for a child care subsidy, contact our center director.

What The Parents Are Saying

“We love it here. It is the best! We are amazed by your program. Your center is very structured and organized. This center is not just a daycare. Your program provides a curriculum for the children. We like the fact that the parents here have a voice and that our opinion counts. My children love coming to your school.”

“My child has become much more independent since coming to this center. My son likes to do things by himself like putting on his coat and shoes without help. He also likes to help us prepare the table before a meal such as helping us pass out the plates, spoons, and forks. He even cleans up his toys in his room without me having to ask repeatedly.”

“I have been with Bridgeport Child Development Center for more than 10 years. All of my three children attended BP from preschool to school age program. I feel safe for my children to be at the center while me and my husband at work. Thank you! I would highly recommend BP to anyone I know.”

“I’ve noticed that my child has become more social since attending your school. She is now saying “hello” to people when we are out shopping. She is always so excited to tell me what she learned at school when we arrive home. Not only has my daughter become more verbal, I always hear her singing songs that she learned from school. She looks forward to coming to your school every day and questions me on why she can’t go to school to play with her friends on the weekends?”

“I would recommend Bridgeport Child Development Center for any families that have young children. They have very high quality staff and my child learned a lot from teachers and support staffs they are also very friendly.”

“Bridgeport Child Development Center is a great place to be. I feel safe dropping my child off every morning knowing my child will be well taking care of.”

“I would recommend BP center to all my friends. My child has learned so much. Staff at the center is helpful and friendly.”

“I am happy with everything that my daughter is learning from this center.”

“This center is wonderful from the first time that I came here to the present.”

“Everyone is very nice and professional. We recommend family & friends. Very helpful staff and teachers.”

“Over all is a great program my child is learning and having fun. Also the staff is great! Thank you!”

Community Partners

Bridgeport Child Development Center partners with the Ounce of Prevention Fund to provide Head Start services for 3- to 5-year-olds. The Head Start model provides a nurturing environment that supports the healthy growth and development of each child in the context of the child’s family, culture and community. The center also partners with Chicago Public Schools to provide State Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative Programs that provide a seamless transition for children from preschool into the public school system.

Additionally, Bridgeport Child Development Center works with community programs that provide social service resources, education and training opportunities for families. Our teachers, administration and family support specialist collaborate with families to support their needs.

Meet Our Director


Bridgeport Child Development Center I Director
Director, Marybeth Mlikotic
Marybeth Mlikotic has worked in Early Childhood Education since 1993 and has been with OHU since 2009. She joined Bridgeport Child Development Center as Assistant Director/Education Coordinator before taking on the role of Director at another OHU program, Edgewater Early Learning Center. Mlikotic had the opportunity to return to Bridgeport Child Development as the Director, working with staff and programming to support Bridgeport’s ExcelleRate Gold Circle of Quality Rating, as well as maintain NAEYC accreditation. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and entertaining friends and family or finding new dining experiences in the city. She also collects cookbooks and loves to bake. Mlikotic holds a BS in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and received her Illinois Director Credential.
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3053 S Normal Ave,
Chicago, IL 60616


7:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday


Illinois ExceleRate Gold Circle of Quality
Council on Accreditation


School Age
Summer Camp (5-12 years old)


1:6 Two Year Olds
1:10 Preschool
1:15 School age


Bridgeport Child Development Center offers a full-day summer camp program for school-age children 6-12 years old.


Head Start Annual Report 2016
Head Start Annual Report 2015
Head Start Annual Report 2014

What’s Going On At Bridgeport?


OHU Consumer Satisfaction Surveys: Parents
Healthy Lifestyles: Exercise
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


Family Child Reviews
Healthy Lifestyles: Dental Health Awareness
We Love Our Families: Parent Appreciation
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities
In House Field Trip: TBA


Home Visits & Parent Conference
Parent Workshop: Positive Parenting & Social Emotion
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities
Self Assessment


Week of the Young Child Events
Health Lifestyles: Heights & Weights
Parent Workshop: Signs of Abuse and Neglect/Stress
Blue Ribbon Awareness
In House Field Trip: TBA
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


Teacher Appreciation Week
Kindergarten Transition Activities
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


Summer Kick off Celebration: Family Block Party
Summer Camp begins
In House Field Trip: TBA
Health Services Advisory Committee
Healthy Lifestyles: Summer Safety – Get Moving Get Fit
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


In House Field Trip: TBA
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


Home Visits: Returning Students
End of the Summer Celebration
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


Parent Orientation
Home Visits
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities
Parent Committee/Parent Council Elections


Healthy Lifestyles: Vision & Hearing Screening and Heights & Weights
Parent Workshop: Oral Health
School Portraits
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities


Family Child Reviews
Kindergarten Transition Planning
Parent Workshop: CPS/Option for Knowledge
Health Services Advisory Committee


Male Involvement Activity – Breakfast and Story with Your Dad!
Winter Celebration / parent child activity
Parent Conferences
OHU Holiday Giving
Curriculum Night: Children’s Outcome Reporting
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities

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