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Our History

1950's

1950’s

House Play 1950

HP 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

1960's

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

1970's

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, 1970

After Kindergarten Enrichment program expanded, 1979

1970's

1980's

1980’s

Before School program created, 1986

School accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1989-1999

1980's

1990's

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

2000's

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

2010's

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

Moved to 640 Ridge Road, 2019

Community recognized as Excelerate Gold Circle of Quality, 2020

2010's