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 programs, and parent education offerings that are based on our well-established and recognized Smart Love principles.

What We Offer

Counseling Services

We offer a full range of services, including child, adolescent, and adult therapy; play therapy; services for women; 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 baby, toddler, preschool, and Kindergarten programs in addition to summer camp, all based on the Smart Love approach to early childhood education.

Learning Services

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

Parenting & Community Resources

We offer a range of support for parents and the community, including 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

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

October 31, 2020

The Minority Family Support Program - Parent Group

12:00 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. Parent groups and youth groups are held on Saturdays. Learn more and register here.

October 31, 2020

The Minority Family Support Program - Youth Group

1:30 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. Parent groups and youth groups are held on Saturdays. Learn more and register here.

November 06, 2020

1:30 p.m.

Join us for a virtual open house where our Preschool Director will provide a slideshow showcasing images of our classrooms, curriculum as she discusses the Smart Love approach to early childhood education and answers your questions! Register here.

November 07, 2020

Connect 2 Kids: Equipping Teachers (and At-Home Teachers) with Relationship Strategies to Reduce Children's Emotional and Behavioral Barriers to Learning

1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Live Webinar

The educational worlds of children and teachers, including new at-home “teachers,” have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. With the multitude of stresses and losses children and teachers are facing, it has never been more important to equip educators with understanding and strategies to reduce children’s emotional and behavioral barriers to learning. Strategies will be presented to provide support and guidance to elementary school teachers who work amidst the chronic racial inequities, violence, and high levels of trauma affecting children and families in Chicago’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Click here to learn more and register.

1:30 p.m.

We all want to have truly happy holidays.  This session will focus on balancing children’s desires and demands with family needs and realities in a holiday season under unprecedented conditions – including tips and ideas for avoiding conflict and managing expectations. 

Register and see the entire webinar schedule here. Click here for our webinar archive.

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Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center

2222 N. Kedzie Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60647

Oak Park Location

1010 Lake Street, Suite 500

Oak Park, IL 60301

Preschool: 773.665.8052 ext. 1

Counseling: 773.665.8052 ext. 4

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