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

It Takes a Village - Parent Group

Saturday, July 24, 2021 

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

It Takes a Village - Youth Group

Saturday, July 24, 2021 

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

It Takes a Village - Picnic in the Park!

Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 

1:15 p.m.

Smart Love's biweekly free-of-charge Parent and Youth Groups for families with minority children will meet for a picnic at park in downtown Oak Park for a fun day of food, refreshments, and outdoor activities! Please RSVP before August 7, 2021 by emailing daniece.townsend@smartlovefamily.org.  

Smart Love Preschool - Virtual Open House

Friday, Sept. 3, 2021

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.

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.

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