Bridgeport Child Development Center II

BRIDGEPORT CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER II

“I have seen the teachers in the classroom use different methods to help the children reach their academic goals. You see the individuality in the curriculum and the teacher’s teaching methods. All the staff I have come in contact with is helpful, nice and show respect to the parents. They let the children use their imagination in the classroom through art and other activities.” – Parent

The Bridgeport Child Development Center II is One Hope United’s second early childhood site in the South Loop’s Bridgeport neighborhood. Bridgeport Child Development Center II offers five spacious, inviting classrooms rich with materials and activities for children ages 2-12 years, including those with special needs.

Our center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has served the local community with the highest quality early education and care, since 2008.

Teachers use The Creative Curriculum® to create individualized learning experiences for children, including children with special needs. Our learning environments includes centers such as; blocks, dramatic play, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, cooking and computers. Math All Around Me lays the foundation for early math skills in children 2-3 years-old while Everyday Mathematics is used to further enhance math learning in children 3-5 years of age. Weekly Readers are distributed 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. Our center’s Child Outcomes data for parents details the learning, growth and development that each child acquires through participation in our early learning program.

Our center also uses a Healthy Lifestyles curriculum that emphasizes healthy eating, exercise and protecting the environment. Nutritious catered menu options are offered for breakfast, lunch and PM snack at no additional cost. Daily outdoor activities include active play on community playgrounds, nature walks in the neighborhood, and on our outdoor playground shared with our neighbor and sister center, Bridgeport Child Development Center I.

OHU’s after-school curriculum follows the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) philosophy of enhancing learning by helping children 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 II is family-friendly and has adopted the Strengthening Families Program which supports child development by building strong partnerships with parents and families of children in the program. Gardening, community clean-up, exercise, recycling projects, monthly parent meetings and in house field trips are just a few of the many unique ways that parents have to get involved in our center and to get to know each other.

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

“I am pleased with staff and facility. My child seems very happy and is always involved in activities when I go to pick then up. Thank you.”

“Staff is friendly, professional and courteous. The kids really enjoy the program.”

“The teachers have a lot of patience for the children. The staff here at the center is very nice. They respect and understand our culture. They know what we need.”

“I have seen the teachers in the classroom use different methods to help the children reach their academic goals. You see the individuality in the curriculum and the teacher’s teaching methods. All the staff I have come in contact with is helpful, nice and show respect to the parents. They let the children use their imagination in the classroom through art and other activities.”

“I find this center very child friendly which includes the environment. The staff and the teachers are very helpful. They have a lot of resources. They not only teach my kids, but they care about our family too. My kids like this center very much. I appreciate what they do for us. They give me progress updates on my children and assist me in making my children successful.”

“The teachers have a lot of patience for the children and good services. I am satisfied with all services at the school. I never worry about my children when they are here. I appreciate what they do for my children.”

Community Partners

Bridgeport Child Development Center II 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. Our 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 II 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 II Director
Director, Michelle Clayborn
Michelle Clayborn has been an educator in private, public and charter school sectors for almost 15 years. One thing that has remained constant is her belief that respecting a child means treating even the youngest as a unique human being. This mindset has allowed her to be open, flexible and effective in making sure that she reaches every child, parent and family. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Columbia College and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University. Outside of being the proud mother of two beautiful daughters, she enjoys reading, dancing and indoor skydiving.
Email Me @ mclayborn@onehopeunited.org

CONTACT

312-949-4015

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LOCATION

514 W 31st St,
Chicago, IL 60616

HOURS

7:30 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

ACCREDITATIONS / LICENSES

NAEYC
Illinois ExceleRate Gold Circle of Quality
Council on Accreditation
DCFS

PROGRAMS

Toddler/Twos
Preschool
School Age
Summer Camp (5-12 years old)

TEACHER-TO-CHILD RATIOS

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

SUMMER CAMP

Bridgeport Child Development Center II offers a full-day summer camp program for school-age children 5-12 years old. Our summer camp includes weekly field trip and swimming activities.

HEAD START PROGRAM

Head Start Annual Report 2015
Head Start Annual Report 2014

What’s Going On At Bridgeport?

January

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

February

Family Child Reviews
Healthy Lifestyles: Dental Health Awareness
We Love Our Families: Parent Appreciation
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities

March

Home Visits
Healthy Lifestyles: Nutrition
Male Involvement Event: March Madness
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities
Self Assessment

April

Week of the Young Child Events
In House Field Trip: Story Bus
Health Lifestyles: Heights & Weights;
Blue Ribbon Awareness
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities

May

Teacher Appreciation Week
Kindergarten Transition Activities
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities

June

End of the School Year: Family Fun Fest
Youth Works Volunteers
Healthy Lifestyles: Summer Safety – Get Moving Get Fit
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities

July

Youth Works Volunteers
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities

August

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

September

Parent Orientation
Home Visits
Healthy Lifestyles: Heights & Weights
Curriculum Night
In House Field Trip: Pedestrian Safety (Chicago Police Officer)

October

Healthy Lifestyles: Vision & Hearing Screening
In House Field Trip: Fire Safety (Chicago Fire Fighter)

November

Family Child Reviews
Kindergarten Transition Planning
School Portraits
We Are Thankful for…(Foster Grandparent Appreciation)
Individual Classroom Curriculum Activities

December

In House Field Trip: Holiday Concert
Holiday Traditions Celebration
Parent/Teacher Conferences
OHU Holiday Giving

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