Welcome To

Smart From The Start 79th St.!

Chicago Based Daycare

– Loving, caring staff
– Transportation
– Play based curriculum
– Daily parent updates, and more!

We Are Currently Open And Providing Care For ALL Families!

About Us

Our Mission

Smart From The Start’s mission is to create a rewarding childcare experience through our core values of: 

  • Providing a loving, cooperative environment
  • Striving to learn and grow
  • Collaborating to elevate one another

Every day, we live our motto:


We strive to make our children and their parents feel comfortable by providing a beautiful, sensory rich environment. In our preschool, your children will explore their world, while gaining skills in key areas such as literacy, mathematics, social studies, the arts and technology.


Our center features beautiful, sensory-rich classrooms, educational materials and toys


We provide delicious meals using child nutrition standards

Parent Communication

Constant communication with parents about your child’s development

Loving, accommodating staff

Well trained, licensed staff with state and federal background checks. We are a DCFS and City Licensed daycare.


We offer safe, reliable door to door transportation for kids of all ages. Our rates our very reasonable. Contact us today to learn more!


Infant Program

music-notesSmart From The Start provides a safe, secure  environment where your child can learn, play and grow. Smart From The Start has developed a nurturing, creative program supporting every child’s unique patterns for development, feeding and sleeping. Smart From The Start uses these patterns as a guide to introduce daily activities to stimulate infants’ curiosity and imagination. Smart From The Start is committed to making the first transition away from home smooth and natural for families and children.


Program Highlights

  • Develop basic concept of communication and social interactions
  • Focus on cognitive and motor skills through playtime activities
  • Discover different sounds, textures, and images through first experience of self expression
  • Daily communication between teachers and parents keep family informed about child’s development
Toddler Program

heartToddler classrooms support learning through sensory experiences that enhance cognitive, language, motor and social skills. Smart From The Start provides opportunities for children to engage in movement with music, pretend play, projects with age appropriate materials and literacy experiences

Teachers guide children by modeling appropriate social behavior and the discovery of themselves as individuals.


Program Highlights

  • Whole group instruction promoting social skill development
  • Monthly thematic units that provide a variety of activities and experiences
  • Daily activities to build confidence, self-esteem and a love of learning
  • Learning areas focused on dramatic play, creative arts, language and sensory exploration
  • Daily communication between teachers and parents to keep family informed about child’s progress
Preschool Program

applePreschool is an exciting time for children as they begin the adventure of a lifetime of learning. Smart From The Start provides opportunities for developing a strong foundation for children’s future success. Classrooms are set up with a variety of learning areas to ensure development across all learning domains. Children are encouraged to be independent and develop self-care skills. Smart From The Start provides meaningful learning experiences by relating to real life situations.

Program Highlights

  • Small group activities encourage peer cooperation and teamwork
  • Active participation in logical thinking and problem solving situations
  • Develop comprehension of literacy experiences and concepts of print
  • Following multiple step instructions
  • Using senses to explore, observe and collect knowledge about the world around them
  • Encourage self expression through dance, music, and artistic creations
After School Program


Smart From The Start Provides a unique before and after school learning experience to keep students motivated and focused in a stimulating environment.  Teachers reinforce skills learned throughout the day while supporting independent thinking.

Program Highlights

  • Homework support focusing on logical thinking
  • Socialization of peers in an educational environment
  • Fitness activities to keep students safe, active and healthy
  • Choices to explore own areas of interest in a learning environment


Smart From The Start 79th Street

1939 W. 79th St.

Chicago, IL 60620



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