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 in our Toddler program for a 15 – 24 month old to start date in May/June/July, and availability in our 2 and 3 year old programs to join us in April/May/June or July. Now enrolling through July 2023!
Our Enrollment team would be happy to help with more info about our wonderful programs!
Meet Our Directors
Jessica Leonard, Director
Hello, everyone! My name is Jessica Leonard. I grew up in central Illinois 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 role 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.
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.
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!
Krystle Marquez, Director
Hello! My Name is Krystle, but most of the kids call me Ms. Stel. I have been a teacher for over 10 years and have been part of the LGTH community since 2017. I am a California native and transplant to Chicago in 2012. I graduated from Long Beach State University and recently finished my degree in Children’s Psychology and Art Therapy at National Louis University. I have worked with children of all ages and in many different settings, including babysitting, summer camp as well as in the both Montessori and traditional classroom settings for the last 9 years. For the last 10 years, I have exclusively worked in 2-year-old classrooms. When I’m not at LGTH I enjoy adventuring with my Fiancé and my dog Achilles. I enjoy crafting, game nights with friends, off-roading in our Jeep, and camping. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with you and your family!