Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care Center

2739 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622

Message from the Director, Xóchitl Ramírez:

xochi “In a safe, healthy and welcoming environment, children learn to be independent and sociable. They acquire skills and values that help them become leaders, qualities that will help them in the years to come.”

Named after the Puerto Rican poet, educator and pianist Consuelo Lee Corretjer (1904-1988), the Center is a bilingual childcare/Head Start, in partnership with El Valor, offering quality Child Care and Head Start services for children ages 15 months to 5 years. The Center was created in 1980 in response to the need for bilingual-bicultural pre-school programs in the community. It places special emphasis on Puerto Rican and Latin American culture as well as language retention.

While the program is designed to help ease the child’s transition to elementary school and aims to provide services primarily to working families, it also seeks to engage the children in discovering their individuality and uniqueness within a community with a rich history and cultural legacy. Thus, allowing the children to understand the world about them; to act responsibly upon the world; and, most importantly, to transform the world.

Self-discipline and self-actualization are encouraged in the program’s curriculum. Parents participate in the entire process of program development. The Center’s staff is in a constant dialogue with parents and attempts to raise consciousness about all aspects of child development. Special emphasis is placed on a child’s rights as a human being, as an individual, and as part of a community.

The Childcare Center promotes the children’s social, emotional and cognitive development by offering appropriate developmental activities that capture their curiosity and stimulate the children’s intellectual development in different areas: arts, blocks, dramatic play, science, music, computers, reading and writing, as well as sensory and fine/gross motor experiences.

Latest News from Day Care Center

A day at the sprinklers

by Jacqueline Tovar, Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer
At Centro Infantil we focus on the importance of play. Now that the weather is hot, we have taken the kids to the sprinklers. They enjoy running around the park and talking to each other. It is funny how they discussed what they did over the weekend or what they are going to do that day. Children always have fun stories and just listening to their conversation makes me realize how much these children have grown since they started at Centro Infantil.

It fills us with joy knowing that we play an important part in their life and how we help them develop day by day. They also helps us grow as people. We are glad to take part in all these children’s lives and seeing them run around in the sprinklers made us see how good of a job we are doing.

Centro Infantil Graduates!

by Jacqueline Tovar, Centro Infantil Corretjer

On Friday June 24, 2016 seven children from Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer graduated. They are now ready to start a new journey in a Kindergarten classroom. We are glad that we where able to play an important role in these children’s life. We enjoyed having them with us and giving them all the help and knowledge they needed to be ready to start this new journey. They enjoyed a small ceremony at AfriCaribe Cultural Center and where able to show there parents everything they had learned.

Congratulation Yvette Flores and Graciela Arellano

by Jacqueline Tovar, Centro Infantil Corretjer
We would like to congratulate our Centro Infantil teacher Yvette Flores and teacher assistant Graciela Arellano for receiving their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Their credential is focused on Infant and Toddlers. We are happy that we where able to be part of their journey by giving them the time and help they needed. At Centro Infantil we always support our teachers in any help they may need. At the moment we have teachers as Yvette and Graciela that are continuing their education as well as taking trainings to give our children the best education they deserve.

Recycling work at Centro Infantil

by Jacqueline Tovar, Centro Infantil Corretjer

The head-start Vejigante classroom at Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer finished their recycling learning theme this Friday. The teacher invited the parents to come in and look at the work that the students had worked on throughout the course, as they learned the importance of recycling. They made many things out of egg cartons, napkin rolls, milk caps and many more. They made little cars out of napkin rolls and milk caps; as well they made turtles out of plastic plates and paper. The children decorated the windows with flowers made out of carton as well they made a sun. We are glad the children have learned to recycle as well as on how they can make objects out of these materials.

Centro Infantil Daycare Visits Navy Pier Children’s Museum

by Jacqueline Tovar, Centro infantil Corretjer


Today our children from Centro Infantil Daycare went to visit the Children’s Museum at Navy Pier. We are glad that we had parents go with their children allowing them to have a learning experience. They where able to explore all the exhibits and play in each one of them for the amount of time they wanted. This field trip helped them develop and practice social emotional, cognitive, and motor skills as well it helped them exercise because they where moving a lot. All the teachers and mothers enjoyed seeing the children having fun and being themselves. Overall it was a great experienced because the children had fun and to us seeing the children happy makes us feel happy for being part of this educational field trip.

Springtime at Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Correjer!

by Jacqueline Tovar, Centro infantil Corretjer
Now that we are enjoying spring weather, we take our children outside. Today, classroom Coqui went to the park. It is important for our children to have fun and enjoy time to play. Teachers Maritza and Alma walk the children three blocks to the park. Upon arrival they observe the park so it’s safe for the children. They sit down and discuss the rules for play- how they should go down the slides and to be careful when they are running. Our children enjoy the playground and they learn to cooperate by taking turns when using the slides and see-saw.

Congratulations Meliza Bautista

by Jacqueline Tovar, Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer

We would like to congratulate our Centro Infantil teacher assistant Meliza Bautista for receiving her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Her credential is focused on Infant and Toddlers. We are happy that we were able to be part of her journey by giving her the time and help she needed. At Centro Infantil we always support our teachers in any help they may need. At the moment we have teachers as Meliza that are continuing there education as well as taking trainings to give our children the best education they deserve.

Vision and Hearing at Centro Infantil

by Jacqueline Tovar, Centro Infantil Day Care Center
At Centro Infantil is important for all our children take the vision & hearing test. This test helps us see if our students have vision or hearing problems, If they do we always refer the parents to a clinic.

Nutrition and Exercise for our Childcare Children!

by Jacqueline Tovar, Centro Infantil Corretjer
At Centro Infantil it is very important to talk about nutrition and exercise. All four groups exercise every day for thirty minutes. We eat healthy in our daycare and talk to our students about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and exercise.

The View from a Mothers Perspective

by Jacqueline Tovar, Centro Infantil Corretjer
Elvira Arellano is a mother of one of our toddler students called Emiliano. We took the time to ask her for her opinion of the childcare. She said “Es muy bueno el programa nos ayuda como padres a poder ir a trabajar y poderle ofrecer un buen futuro a nuestros hijos. Me encanta que mi hijo esté aquí porque yó sé que el está en un lugar seguro aprendiendo muchas cosas buenas. El centro tiene todas las heramientas para que mi hijo se pueda desarollar bien. Yo veo como mi hijo se a desarollado muy bien a su corta edad. Mi hijo tiene dos años y en mi opinión el está muy avanzado para su edad. La razón por la que me doy cuenta es porque mi hijo mayor no sabia las cosas que sabe Emiliano ahora y mi hijo no asistia a un centro. Por esta razón estoy muy contenta que mi hijo este aprendiendo muchas cosas buenas. Le doy gracias a la directora y al Puerto Rican Cultural Center por ayudar a todos los latinos y que tenga éste Centro para toda la gente. Estoy muy agradecida con todo el personal de Centro Infantil por hacer un buen trabajo. Yo recomiendo este Centro para que todos los niños aprenda y se desarollen asi como mi hijo se esta desarollando.” (It is very good program helps us as parents to be able to go to work and be able to offer a good future to our children. I love the fact that my child is here because I know he is in a safe place learning many good things. The Center has all the equipment so my son can develop well. I see how well my son is developing a lot for his young age. My son is two years old and in my opinion he is very advanced for his age. The reason why I realize this is because my eldest son did not know what Emiliano knows at his age and my son didn’t attend childcare. For this reason I am very happy that my son is in this childcare. I thank the Director and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center for helping all the Latinos and having this Center open for everyone. I am very grateful to the staff of Child Care Center for doing a good job and always being so welcoming. I recommend this Center to all the parents, so their children can develop and learn as much as my son has learned.)