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.

Child Care

Child Care

Our DCFS Licensed Child Care Center accepts enrollment for children from age six weeks to five years. 

Click here to apply.


View a social story for FDC children's return to school. 

Early Head Start

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. The program is a federally funded learning program that serves individuals who are 130% or greater below the poverty guidelines.


  • Support for pregnant women     
  • Services for Children with Disabilities

Transportation and Assistance

  • Transportation 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

Click here to apply or call 708.235.7347 to make an appointment. 


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. 

Click here to enroll or call 708.235.7300 for more information.

After School Child Care

After-school childcare is available from 4 to 6 pm for children from kindergarten to 12 years old. Child Care fees apply. Transportation is not available.

Supervised activities include the following.

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

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 runs approximately June and operates through August. Enrollment for Summer Camp begins in April.  Registration fees apply.

Call 708.235.7300 for registration information.