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2600 W Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60618
Northcenterchicago@childrenslighthouse.com
7AM - 6:30PM
Ages 6 weeks - 12 years
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Our Classrooms
and Curriculum
Children's Lighthouse offers quality care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. We believe in building a solid foundation of early learning and have chosen award-winning curriculums for each age group. Our company offers continued support and training to the management and teachers in our schools across the United States. Our philosophy is to deliver the best support systems that will lead to successful implementation of the following curriculums for the benefit of the children in our care.
Infants
Preschool,
PreK & APreK
2-5 years old
Character Values
School Age
About the Owners
About the Director
Our Values
Character Values are both modeled throughout our centers and taught in our classrooms. Values such as integrity, respect, responsibility, fairness, honesty, caring, self-control, and citizenship are not only defined but role modeled by management and teachers throughout the day. We believe that we can help strengthen the social fabric of our communities and support parents who want their children educated in a strong culture of these characteristics through teaching these values.
What parents are saying
My 11 month old and I love Children's Lighthouse! The staff is so friendly and very hands on with the kids. They all have a lot of experience and are so good with all of the babies!
Abby G
Our daughter loves Lighthouse & her teachers! The facility is really nice, brand new with a great big playroom.
Kelly A
The staff is very friendly and professional. I feel that the building is very secure, with a keypad that we punch a code (that we choose) in for access, and the building feels very clean and well-maintained.
Leo S
I send my 9th month old daughter to the center and she loves it. It took her few days to get to know staff and they were very patient, accommodating and professional during her "transition" period.
Halyna R
Infants & Toddlers
Birth to 24 month old babies begin to learn about the world from their experiences with the adults in their lives. Our teachers are trained to use the Comprehensive Infant and Toddler Curriculum which was developed specifically for the education of your baby. This curriculum provides everything necessary for a teacher to create a classroom environment that will have a very positive impact on your baby’s growth and development. It is our goal that all infants and toddlers in our program will be supported by loving and kind teachers who encourage their early development.
Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S.℠ Curriculum
Our goal is to nurture the development of each child's full potential - intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically - in an atmosphere of safety and trust.
Character Values Education
Our comprehensive curriculum focuses not only on intellectual development, but also on healthy social and emotional growth through systematic character values education.
Active Engagement
Activities are designed to promote active learning through a "hands on" approach that allows children to explore the world in which they live.
Research-Centered Practice
Learning activities are grounded both in time-honored practice, such as learning through play, as well as in current research findings in the field of neuro-education. "Brain-based" learning strategies, for example, reveal that memory and creativity are enhanced by music, movement, and artistic expression.
Embedded Content
Our fully-integrated curriculum is characterized by thematic units which combine the key skills of reading and mathematics with learning in the content areas of science and social studies.
Standards-based Objectives
Every learning activity is carefully planned to meet or exceed both national and state standards.
Core Values
  • We believe that each child is an individual, with his or her own unique set of strengths, talents, and gifts
  • We believe that every child has a right to excellence in all aspects of early childhood education.
  • We believe in the importance of teaching character values, and more important, in modeling their use in our interactions with children, their families, and one another.
  • We believe in the use of positive discipline strategies that lead children to become self-disciplined.
  • We believe that honest and frequent communication between the school and the home positively impacts children’s success.
  • We believe in the importance of continuing professional development and personal growth through educational opportunities and supportive communities learning.
  • We believe that every teacher and staff member can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.
School-Agers
The school-age classroom is specifically designed to meet the varied abilities, numerous personalities, and complex interest of children ages five through twelve. Based on the Creative Resources Curriculum, our daily plans are organized around exciting themes which incorporate interactive learning in a fun-filled environment. The themes include the culture of Ancient Greece, China, Japan, Rome and themes such as careers, technology, transportation and rain forests. Opportunities to support the development of "Creative Thinking" – the highest level thinking skill in Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning – are also included daily.

Character Value education is included in the "Schoolers" program. Through both modeling and special projects, children develop essential life skills such as cooperation, self-discipline, pride in a job well-done, respect and gratitude. Individual center locations participate in local community projects, such as creating valentines for local children’s hospitals, collecting supplies for Ronald McDonald House, or singing at a retirement center. As the children explore and experience, they establish concrete real- life knowledge that makes learning meaningful.
Character Values
We believe in the importance of teaching character values, and more important, in modeling their use in our interactions with children, with their families and with one another. Helping children develop essential life skills such as cooperation, self-discipline, pride in a job well-done, respect and gratitude is valuable for their future.
Monthly character values are as follows:
Cooperation September
Helpfulness October
Gratitude November
Patience December
Diversity January
Honesty February
Humor March
Responsibility April
Kindness May
These teaching modules will include a send-home activity for the parents. - Character Connections.
About the Owners
Scott Waltenburg, a proud father of 2, has been in the business of serving Chicagoland families since 2004. He started his career trading commodities, but once his daughters were born he opened his first franchise location, Pump It Up of Glenview. It was a success, and he enjoyed working within the franchise and family business worlds. He eventually sold this location to open a second location in the city of Chicago. It was here that he teamed up with Davora Sides, a young entrepreneur out of Northwestern University. They paired Scott's skills with acquiring real estate and developing new businesses with Davora's all star organization, and, service skills honed during 14 years working with kids in camps, schools and family entertainment venues. Together they were thrilled to find another franchise, Childrens Lighthouse, that shared their passion for family ownership, hard work, dedication and serving the community.
About the Director
The North Center Chicago location is led by two Directors. Education has been Heather's passion since a very early age. Heather moved to Chicago from California to attend Erikson Institute where she received her Masters in Early Childhood Development and Administration. She worked with the Mary Crane Organization as a Site Director in one of their Early Childhood Early Head Start and Head Start Schools. There she realized the importance of modifying classrooms and teaching approaches to best meet the needs of the children. She completed her certification as an Inclusion Coach and began working with teachers and schools to make their spaces, activities, and interactions supportive of all developmental abilities. Heather's strong background in the arts and passion for creating a space where children have the freedom and support to grow, develop, and learn makes her uniquely qualified to co-lead Children's Lighthouse's team of early childhood professionals.

Lizz has worked with children for over 10 years. She first began working with kids as a camp counselor. Lizz started her career in advertising. But her passion for working with children prompted her to transition back into child care where her focus became infant and toddler development. Outside of work, she spends a lot of time painting portraits, and making costumes for Chicago performers. She enjoys taking her love of art and incorporating it into the classroom. Watching children become immersed in wonderful sensory experiences was her favorite part about being a teacher.
History
Established in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1997, Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers® is the leading values-based educational child care system in the U.S. Children's Lighthouse has been named "Best Places to Work" by both the Dallas and San Antonio Business Journals and has received a Franchise 500 designation by Entrepreneur magazine due to its stability, financial strength, and growth.
Safety
All of our employees complete FBI fingerprinting and background checks as well as CPR training and TB testing as required by local regulations. They receive orientation and classroom training during their first few weeks on the job, and they are also required to complete up to 24 hours of continuing education annually. Our buildings have security-controlled access, and each parent is given a unique door code. We have secured internet video monitoring that is overseen by our management at each location and is also available for parents to login online and view throughout the day. Our centers are designed with the hallways as safety corridors for emergencies, and the staff and children participate in fire and severe weather drills regularly to prepare for any such event.