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What's Happening
Vol. 2.0 | Dec. 2018
There are so many joyful stories to share.
Here are just a few that we hope will bring you smiles this holiday season.
Happy Holidays!
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Friends of Mary Crane Center,

Happy Holidays! As a part of our family, we wish you a season of peace, joy, good health and gratitude. We are grateful for you.

At 110 years of service, one might say we are old. But Mary Crane knows that Early Childhood Development never ages – we grow and continue to learn and evolve through and with the families of today. 

Tiara.Jasmine Mary Crane Center 12 2018
Tiara and Jasmin
Tiara enrolled her son at Mary Crane at a time in their family’s life when they were homeless. Tiara did not have a job and Jasmin needed extra support in school. Mary Crane Center welcomed Tiara and Jasmin, and our Family Workers, Dessiree and Markita, provided employment, housing, school and medical resources. And then, the most wonderful opportunity arose, and Tiara became employed by Mary Crane!

Omolade Omojuwura and Zion MCC 12 2018
Omolade, Omojuwura and Zion
Omolade is the young mother of two children, Omojuwura, 1 year old, and Zion, who will be 4 in January. Zion is a student in one of the preschool classrooms at Mary Crane’s Rogers Park Early Childhood Development Center. Omolade quickly expressed interest in becoming a Mary Crane employee, and now, she is!

Araceli Mary Crane Center 12 2018
Araceli, William, Somaya and Luciano
Araceli is the mother of three children, William, 8 years old, Somaya, 6 years old, and a newborn, Luciano. Both William and Somaya attended Mary Crane from three years of age until transitioning to kindergarten. As a parent, Araceli applied for a position as a Paraprofessional with Mary Crane, with the responsibility for caring for some of our most vulnerable children at our Rogers Park Early Childhood Development Center.
Catrice, Tiara and Katie
Catrice and Tiara, two of our fabulous parents, and Katie, our Home Base Program Coordinator, just arrived back home to Chicago after attending the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children (“NAEYC”) Conference in Washington D.C.

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Check Out Our New Website
We launched a new website in the summer. Feel free to explore and learn more about what we are doing and what's coming up. We will be adding more information for parents and visitors over the coming months.

Early Head Start
Learn More About our Programs
At Mary Crane Center, we focus on the knowledge children bring to the classroom and we expand on that existing knowledge. We utilize The Creative Curriculum® to serve the whole child emphasizing social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

Nature Awareness
Support a Child Today
Every child deserves a healthy start and benefits from early childhood education. Help us continue to help more children by donating today.

We hope you will consider donating to Mary Crane Center by 12.31.2018 and help us provide quality early childhood education to children in the Chicago community.

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Mary Crane Center (MCC) promotes the comprehensive early development of children through school-readiness programs, personal enrichment activities and family support services. MCC has served over 15,000 children since its inception. Today, MCC serves nearly 600 children per year at its four learning sites and six strategic partnership locations associated with the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and other strategic partners. Mary Crane League is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Visit
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