Growing Happiness

Inside everyone is an essential desire to create and live a life of fulfillment and happiness.

Smart Love Family Services recognizes this basic human desire and our mission is to help people increase their inner well-being and build healthy relationships. We do this through our counseling services, early childhood education, assessments and tutoring, and parent/community resources programs that are based on the well-established and recognized Smart Loveprinciples.

Smart Love Family Services remains committed to helping create a truly just society where every person has a chance to live a long, safe, and fulfilling life. ​Creating a future that is free from racism and all kinds of hate begins with how we treat our children today. Children grow into open-minded, patient, caring, and loving adults through the relationship they experience with their parents and caregivers. When parents offer kindness, acceptance, and love even when children display mad, angry, or other unhappy behaviors, children will grow up to show that same kindness, acceptance and love towards others.  Smart Love’s programs are designed to help create that future for the children of today and the children of tomorrow. In the same way, Smart Love’s services for adults are intended to help them reclaim and sustain their birthright to happiness.

What We Offer

Counseling Services
We offer a full range of services, including child, adolescent, and adult therapy, play therapy, couples and family therapy, parent coaching and counseling, psychological and neurological testing, treatment for autism spectrum disorder, and child and adolescent group therapy.

Early Childhood Education Programs
We offer toddler, preschool, and kindergarten programs in addition to summer camp, all based on the Smart Love approach to early childhood education.

Assessments & Tutoring
We offer programs designed to support children and adolescents with learning challenges and their families. Our services include therapeutic tutoring, psychoeducational evaluations, teacher consultations, and parent guidance.

Parenting & Community Resources
We offer a range of support for parents and the community, including peer support groups, seminars, webinars, videos, hand-outs and publications.

Professional Development
We offer a range of programs for schools, organizations and students to advance their knowledge of the Smart Love philosophy and approach, including workshops, internships and training.

Publications
We offer a range of publications for those interested in learning more about how to apply the Smart Love principles in their own lives and families.

Smart Love Family Services offers a number of ways to help families access our programs and services that they cannot otherwise afford. We offer fee waivers and reductions, scholarship assistance and sliding fee scales based on need. Please contact us at 773.665.8052 ext. 4 or contact@smartlovefamily.org to learn more.

The Fund for Smart Love

 

Your financial investment in Smart Love directly funds our work to build healthier, happier families and ensure bright futures for their children. 

Gifts, sponsorships, and grants from individuals, companies, and foundations enable Smart Love to provide our uniquely supportive care and guidance to every family that comes to us - particularly those experiencing financial hardship.

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Through Your Child's Eyes

 

Smart Love's Blog: To learn more about Smart Love and our take on issues, trends and questions in child development and parenting, please visit our blog here.

 

News & Events

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Celebrating 20 Years of Care!

Since opening our doors in 2002, Smart Love Family Services has helped thousands of children and families build healthier and happier lives and futures. Click here to learn more.

It Takes a Village - Parent Groups & Multicultural Youth Group

Saturday, May 28, 2022

1:15 p.m.

Now offered online via Zoom!

Smart Love offers a year-long program of biweekly free-of-charge Parent and Youth Groups for families with minority children in the greater Oak Park area. Open to all, the program provides a safe, confidential, and supportive space for participants to learn and share with one another, led by Smart Love therapists. Learn more and register here.

It Takes a Village - Multicultural Parent Group

Thursday, Jun. 2, 2022 

6:15 p.m.

Now offered online via Zoom!

Smart Love offers a year-long program of biweekly free-of-charge Parent and Youth Groups for families with minority children in the greater Oak Park area. Open to all, the program provides a safe, confidential, and supportive space for participants to learn and share with one another, led by Smart Love therapists. Learn more and register here.

GIMME PURPLE ELMO!!! And Other Temper Tantrums

Thursday, Jun. 9, 2022

10:00 a.m.

Toddlerhood is notoriously known as a time of conflict and stress, but it doesn’t have to be. Many parents sometimes struggle to know how to manage their toddlers’ behaviors and emotional outbursts. Unfortunately, many parenting approaches out there inadvertently strengthen the emotions that drive the tantrum behaviors, perpetuating a vicious cycle of bigger and bigger tantrums. But if parents can learn a different way to respond to their toddlers when emotions begin to get out of control – they can see a dramatic change. With time and a heavy dose of patience, parents can turn the tantrum tide. Register here.

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"Why Kids' Feelings Do Matter"

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Chicago Parent interviewed our Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Carla Beatrici, to explore how understanding toddlers' feelings helps parents to respond in ways that can alleviate tantrums while also strengthening the parent-child relationship. Read it here

Smart Love Preschool's Garden Program Wins Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Award

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The Natalie G. Heineman Smart Love Preschool is pleased to announce the receipt of an Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Award from the Education Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  This award and accompanying grant was made through the IDNR’s annual Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Award competitive application process – and the Smart Love was the only preschool in Chicago to receive the honor.

Dr. Pieper is featured on Local ABC 7 Report - Balancing remote learning and work