University Childcare is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, enriching, and healthy environment for children. We believe that play is the work of young children and we provide ample time for this “work” to take place.
Children develop at their own speed and learn best when actively involved in the learning process. Each day, children will explore the classroom and try out their ideas through dramatic play, art, water play, outdoor activities, stories, block building, and talking with teachers, as well as other children.
We believe that each child has untapped potential and that it is the responsibility of parents, teachers, and the community together to provide opportunities for all children to be healthy, successful, and happy.
We provide high quality of service to children between the ages of 6 weeks- 12 years old from various ethnic backgrounds. We have a strong desire to share our difference, some of which stem from the way we learn and which also contribute to our communal an intellectual richness.
We believe that a structured program which addresses the development of the child holistically, physical, intellectual, social and emotional make-up will better enhance the child for future endeavors.
While we want our students to be independent and discerning learners, we also would like them to be team learners as well. Above all, we want our students to be able to apply their skill in the new, the unknown, and the unpredictable. In this way learning can lead to creative solutions to life’s challenges.
Get to know
Allison Perkins-Caldwell is the CEO and founder of Allison’s Infant & Toddler Centers, University Childcare, Little Feet Big Dreams Learning Academy, and Baby Cakes Learning Academy. Mrs. Caldwell is a graduate of Chicago State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a minor in Psychology.
Allison completed a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Early Childhood Education from The University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. Allison plans to pursue a PH.D. in Non-Profit Management in 2023. Allison served her country for 8 years in the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged.
While living on the Southwest Side of Chicago Allison was watching the news and saw a story that spoke to the violence that was plaguing the Englewood community. Allison was deeply moved by the story because she was born and raised in the Englewood community and her memories were not of the Englewood that was being portrayed in that story. So, she decided to take action. She figured that to change a community’s mindset you need to start with a city’s youngest citizens so in 2002 Allison’s Infant and Toddler Center (Englewood) was born, her doors officially opened in November of 2004.