1950’s


  • “Community” opened its doors, 1951
  • Located in the basement of the Y.W.C.A., on site of current Highland Park Library parking lot
  • Martha Struve Freeman, founding director
1950’s
History

1960’s


  • Moved to its current location, Karger Center, 1966
  • Class for children with special needs created, late 60's
  • Three years later, class discontinued in favor of mainstreaming
1960’s
History

1970’s


• Bilingual teachers join staff, 1970
• Addition built onto the school (currently the Orange Room), 1978
• Sandy Raizes begins as director, 1978
• “Mom and Me” class started, 1979
• After Kindergarten Enrichment program expanded, 1979
1970’s
History

1980’s


•Before School program created, 1986
•School accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1989-1999
1980’s
History

1990’s


•“Mom and Me” class discontinued and class for young 3 yr. olds created, 1994
•Jean Wallace-Baker begins as director, 1994
•School plays a major role in development of the HP/Highwood Home Child Care Association for infants and toddlers
1990’s
History

2000’s


•Community turns 50!, 2001
•School becomes part of the Community Family Center, 2003
•Preschool For All implemented in the day care, 2007
•Group of teachers join a U.S. educational tour to visit the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2008
•Art studio and art teacher position created, 2008
2000’s
History

2010’s


•Curriculum coordinator position created, 2010 •Community turns 60!, 2011
•Outdoor classroom created, 2011 •Community opens Little Giants Day Care at Highland Park High School
to care to children of District 113 employees, 2012 •Lisa Adelmund and Pam Carlson begin as co-directors, 2012
•Lisa Adelmund begins as executive director, 2013 •Community earns Excelerate Silver Circle of Quality, 2015 •2 Year Old Program is implemented, 2016 •Community earns Excelerate Gold Circle of Quality, 2016
2010’s
History
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