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Lincoln Park Daycare & Preschool

This beautiful school opened it’s doors in November 2015 and is situated in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Halsted Street just one block south of Armitage. Approximately 14,000 square feet in total, this location boasts large windows, high ceilings and an impressive amount of natural light. This space also includes designated on-site indoor and outdoor play spaces and is within walking distance to a number of family-friendly parks, train stations and shops/restaurants.

LGTH Lincoln Park has limited availability for 2 year olds, 3 year olds and Pre-K! Now enrolling through January 2023!

Our Enrollment team would be happy to help with more info about our wonderful programs!

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Meet Our Directors

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Jessica Leonard, Director

Hello, everyone! My name is Jessica Leonard. I grew up in central IL and moved to Chicago to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I have been with Little Green Tree House since 2014 where I started in a preschool classroom and eventually settled into my lovely infant classroom where I stayed for almost 5 years. I have been in an administration roll at LGTH since 2020. I love the community built around our schools and have made so many lasting bonds with families and teachers. My goal as a Director is to fuel my fellow educators’ passion for teaching and maintain this amazing environment where our students continue to grow and thrive. When I’m not at LGTH I love traveling & tackling DIY projects.

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Ryan Allen, Senior Managing Director

My name is Ryan. I received a Child Development degree from Ellis University in 2009. I went back to school the summer of 2015 to achieve my Director Credentials from Harold Washington. I began my career in daycare back in 2005 and have experience working with every age group. I moved into management in 2015 and opened, directed, and managed 7 locations with my previous company. As a Senior Managing Director, I believe that communication with staff is key in creating a positive and effective workplace. I consider myself to be an open, honest, and fair leader. I also believe that a strong, personal, and open relationship with parents is vital for the success of your child, the staff, and the center. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling as far and often as possible. My friends and I take full advantage of Chicago summers, enjoying concerts, street fests, and my favorite restaurant, The Dock at Montrose.

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Betsy Taylor, Enrollment Administrator

Hello! My name is Betsy Taylor. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. During my sophomore year at Stanford, I studied abroad at Oxford University with the Stanford-in-Oxford program and fell in love with the UK! After graduating, I lived in London for many years. The last place I lived in London was in Borough on the South Bank which was a stones-throw from Borough Market, the National Theatre and the Tate Modern! I have been with Little Green Tree House for almost 11 years, and it has been my absolute pleasure to help so many families join LGTH over the last decade! I have enjoyed getting to know each and every one of our wonderful parents and children. Early Childhood Education is my passion, and our talented teachers are a daily inspiration. Hearing “Miss Betsy” as I walk down the hallway will never cease to bring me sunshine on the rainiest of days! I can’t wait to welcome you and your child to the Little Green Tree House family! Come grow and learn with us!

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Kaija Olson, Enrollment Assistant

Hi! My name is Kaija Olson and I grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota but moved to Chicago IL during the spring of 2019. I attended college at Whitworth University and Hope College where I studied communications and violin performance. Before coming to Little Green Tree House, I worked for several preschool companies as a teacher and parent relations guide in Chicago. I have loved seeing the amazing opportunities that ECE can provide for all age groups, infants-Pre-K. Since joining the Enrollment team at LGTH in 2021, I have immensely enjoyed the opportunity to welcome new prospective families and children. Outside of LGTH, I love to explore the city, try new recipes, go to concerts and paint in my free time.