As a part of the College of Education at Governors State University, the FDC was designed by educators to serve the educational needs of children. Our child care, preschool and home visiting programs model the best practices in Early Childhood Education and draw extensively on the expertise of university faculty and staff in Early Childhood Education, Nursing, Communications Disorders (speech and hearing), Psychology and Counseling. University students in these programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are active participants in the Family Development Center.

Birth to Age 3

Parents are the best first teachers of their infants and toddlers.The Family Development Center offers more choices for parents with children up to three years.

Home Visiting

Families in the Home Visiting program enjoy quality time learning together both at the FDC during developmental playgroups and during weekly home visits by FDC educators.

During home visits, parents learn invaluable ways to help their infants and toddlers grow and develop in their own home using materials readily available around the house.

These activities help children reach their full potential without expensive toys or equipment. 

Child Care

Our DCFS Licensed Child Care Center is open and taking enrollment for children from age six weeks. We are open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm.

Call 708.235.7300 for more information. Several discounts and grants are available to qualified families, including Early Head Start.

Early Head Start

How To Apply

The Early Head Start program at Governors State University’s Family Development Center provides specialized support services to qualified pregnant women and children up to three years of age.


  • Limited Income, SSI or TANF recipient


  •  Support for pregnant women
  • Discounted child care
  •  Family Support Program
  • Support and assistance when you need it  
  • Services for Children with Disabilities
  • Help make Early Head Start better by serving on Policy Council or Parent Committees 

Transportation and Assistance

  • Transportation for child care is NOT provided, however we are conveniently located on PACE bus route #367.
  • Transportation assistance is available if needed, for parent meetings and Policy Council.

How To Apply

Call 708.235.7300 to make an appointment. When you come, please bring:

  • Proof of income

Annual Reports


Full and Half Day Preschool

Children in preschool enjoy project oriented activities in either full or half day programs. The focus is on the children, how they learn, socialize, and grow in a healthy and happy environment.

  • Meaningful literacy activities include morning meetings, story time, music, drama, and movement.
  • Children build and create through activities involving coloring, drawing, painting, sculpting with clay, solving puzzles, building and using manipulatives.
  • Special attention is also paid to developing large motor and social interaction skills. Children have gym time with basketball, beanbag toss, tumbling, hula-hoop, and room to move, stretch and run.
  • Time in the sun-drenched atrium is used to investigate and explore the playhouse, sand box and water play areas. Weather permitting, the children enjoy age appropriate playground equipment in a secure outdoor area.

Tuition adjustments are available and based on eligibility. Call 708.235.7300 for more information or to enroll.

After School Child Care

After-school childcare is available from 4 to 6 pm for children from three to 12 years old. Supervised activities include the following.

  • homework time
  • gym and atrium use
  • creative play materials
  • books and videos to enjoy
  • nourishing snacks and meals

Child Care fees apply. Transportation not included.

School Age Summer Camp

 Kindergarten to sixth grade (age 12 yr)

  • Ten weeks of fun
  • Extended day available
  • Lunch and snacks included
  • Weekly themes
  • Special activities
  • Outdoor and indoor play
  • Games

Summer Camp Dates

Summer Camp begins June 12 and operates through August 10, 2018. Call 708.235.7300 for registration information. Registration fees apply for Summer Camp.