We Are

an in-home, nature-based, eco-conscious early education and child care Center.

… located in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago.

… committed to families.

… designed with the youngest in your family in mind.


“To promote healthy development, it is essential that there be a ‘match’ between the developing child’s emerging
physiological capacity to manage the response to stimuli and the intensity, complexity and timing of the stimuli.
The very young child is dependent on the caregiver to buffer him from experiences which are beyond the
capacity of the child’s developing regulatory systems.

The caregiver needs to observe the child’s cues in response to stimulation and adapt the stimulation to
appropriate levels; flexible response to the individual child’s cues supports the development of his/her
individual adaptation/coping strategies and protects the child from toxic stress. Developmentally appropriate
levels of stress can be growth-producing, such as the productive stress which accompanies challenge to
support children’s goals, e.g. the infant who becomes more irritable before achieving a major milestone.”

– Michele Fallon, LICSW, IMH-E®(IV), Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant


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Maplewood Child Development Center
Giving children the space to grow into their full potential.