What is the Formula for Future School Success?

Welcome to Smart Love Preschool

Smart Love Preschool is a fully-licensed, not-for-profit school providing child care to children ages 2 to 6-years-old. We offer a play-based curriculum, focused on creating a positive relationship with learning in a nurturing environment.


At Smart Love, we foster children’s social and emotional development as the portal for their academic growth and success. All learning—from how to get along with others to finding joy in learning new things—flows from the well-being of the child. Widely considered by child development experts around the world as key to success in school, social and emotional development translates into having:


Confidence: A willingness to ask for help when needed but not because of feeling incompetent     

Curiosity: A long-lasting desire to learn that doesn’t depend solely on subject matter      

Love of Learning: An ability to enjoy the process of learning and not just the grade

Resiliency: A capacity to stick to the learning goal despite difficulty level, setbacks and confusion

Focus: An ability to study despite feeling tired or being distracted


Our students move on to elementary school with a desire to learn, a sense of confidence in the classroom and a resiliency that keeps them engaged in learning.

Smart Love Preschool offers financial aid for eligible families. Please contact us at 773.665.8052, ext. 1 or contact@smartlovefamily.org to learn more.

"It is not when children learn to read or add or subtract that matters, it is whether they love these activities and want to do more of them. If this goal is met, your child will enter elementary school with optimism and self-confidence."

-Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D., Author of Smart Love


News & Events

Accepting Applications!


Schedule a private video chat with Kelly Perez to learn more about the Smart Love approach to early childhood education here

Smart Love Preschool - Virtual Open House

Friday, Apr. 9,  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.

The next virtual open house is Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. 

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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