Program Philosophy

River Forest Community Center

Early Learning Center at OPRF


Our philosophy is to provide participants with a safe, caring, and educational environment which can help each child to achieve his/her full intellectual and emotional potential. This foundation should provide the necessary tools for building meaningful, healthy, and productive lives.

Staff Education:

Site Director Erin Graziano has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and is a former pre-kindergarten teacher. She currently is pursuing her master’s degree in early childhood special education. The majority of teachers either have a bachelor’s degree or are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree. All staff attend professional development programs monthly.


  • Infants to teacher: 4 to 1

  • Toddlers and Twos to teacher: 5 to 1

  • Preschooler to teacher: 10 to 1

Programs and tuition are subject to change at the discretion of the River Forest Community Center.