The Aurora Early Learning Center is housed in a new 22,000 s.f. state-of-the-art environmentally sustainable building and features spacious classrooms lined with windows and filled with natural light.
|The center’s unique Healthy Lifestyles curriculum helps children develop healthy routines and activities, emphasizing proper nutrition, daily exercise and protecting our environment by recycling, reducing and reusing. We cook on-site, allowing us to serve healthier food and cater to children’s taste preferences. We have a center garden, where children plant, care for and harvest vegetables and flowers and share them with their families.
The center also provides services such as free museum passes and exercise classes.Staff partners with families to create learning goals for children to prepare them for kindergarten and plans daily experiences based on these goals. Formal parent-teacher conferences are scheduled twice a year and frequent, fun and educational family nights are planned throughout the year. A family resource room provides a space for families to use a computer, meet with teachers or counselors and read materials about child development and parenting.
Aurora Early Learning Center has strong relationships with local school districts, community organizations and social service agencies. This allows us to assist with referrals to local schools or resources for services such as counseling and resume building.Summer Program
Our summer program includes field trips, in-house presentations and daily educational activities that focus on our Healthy Lifestyles curriculum. Children also help plan and assist with parent/child activity nights throughout the summer.Accreditations/Licenses
• Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council
•Council on Accreditation
Director, Ann O’Malley
Hello! My name is Ann O’Malley and I am the Director of the Aurora Early Learning Center. I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 20 years working in regular and special education and have worked in private and public schools. I have a BA from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota and a MS in Industrial Relations from Loyola University. I hold a type 03 and 04 teaching certificates with special education approval. I have been with One Hope United for the past 8 years and held the positions of Master teacher, Assistant Director and Education Manager. I live in Woodridge with my husband and dog Molly. I have 4 children and enjoy walking, gardening and reading. It has been a great experience to open this center and provide quality care for so many families. I look forward to helping families and seeing the children grow and develop!