150. VIDEO: New $10M Early Childhood Education Center to Open in July

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The new Jerri Hoffmann Child + Family Center, an early childhood education facility serving infants through kindergartners, will open its doors in Carpentersville this July. The $10 million center is located on a beautiful seven-acre campus, which will accommodate 230 children from Carpentersville and surrounding areas, including families within the Barrington 220 school district.

The new center is a project of Children’s Home + Aid, a child and family service agency founded in 1883 and headquartered in Chicago. The agency currently operates five early childhood education facilities across Illinois, four of which are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

A rendering of the new Jerri Hoffmann Child + Family Center – Courtesy of Leopardo Construction/Designhaus, Inc.

The 27,000 square-foot center will replace the current Tom Thumb Child Care Center of Carpentersville, which has served at-risk children and families since the 1970s. Tom Thumb is currently the only subsidized early childhood education center in this high-need area, and the new Jerri Hoffmann Child + Family Center will more than double the capacity and add several new learning opportunities, including a leading edge curriculum promoting language, math and science literacy.

Jerri Hoffmann of Winnetka, who sits on the Board of Trustees of Children’s Home + Aid, and her family donated $1.2 million to partially fund the project. State and private funding provided another $5 million, and Children’s Home + Aid hopes to cover the remaining $3.8 million through private donations.

The Hoffmann Family at the Jerri Hoffmann Child + Family Center groundbreaking ceremony, L-R  The Hoffmann family at the groundbreaking ceremony: Greg Hoffmann, fiance Beth Radis, Megan Hoffmann, Alison Randall, Jerri Hoffmann, David Hoffmann, Geoff Hoffmann.
The Hoffmann Family at Jerri Hoffmann Child + Family Center groundbreaking, L-R: Greg Hoffmann, fiancée Beth Radis, Megan Hoffmann, Alison Randall, Jerri Hoffmann, David Hoffmann, Geoff Hoffmann.

365Barrington was invited to have an early sneak peek at the new construction, and to spend some time getting to know the children who currently attend Tom Thumb. Here’s a look at the fabulous new facility, and at some of the sweet children who can’t wait to move in!

Children’s Home + Aid invites you to attend an Open House at the new center next Tuesday, June 9, from 1-3. You’ll be able to see the new center’s 15 classrooms, gross motor room, administrative and support spaces, full-service kitchen, laundry room, and extensive outdoor play area for yourself – it’s an impressive sight to behold!

Enjoy light refreshments and a personal tour of the their state of the art facility at 229 Lake Marian Road in Carpentersville. To RSVP, contact Julie Carson at jcarson@childrenshomeandaid.org or 847-426-9505.

For more information, or to inquire about how you can help, please contact Brittany B. Beagley, Development Director for Children’s Home + Aid, at 312-424-6808.

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Jerri Hoffmann Child + Family Center
(Serving Clients Starting 7/15)
229 Lake Marian Rd.
Carpentersville, IL 60110

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