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Learning Bridge Aces NAEYC Accreditation! 

We are proud to once again earn the highest commendations from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This extensive accreditation process examines ten standards of care, including curriculum, teaching, community relationships, assessment of child progress, health, leadership management and others. Our combined classroom average score of 99% demonstrates the extraordinary dedication of Learning Bridge staff and leadership in a field with only 8% accredited national programs serving babies and children. 

Please click here to see a complete list of Learning Bridge accreditations!

Learning Bridge is in the top 6% of Illinois Preschools!

"Quality birth-to-five early childhood education delivers the greatest return on investment."

- James J. Heckman, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, Nobel Memorial Prize winner in economics.

The Award of Excellence in Preschool Teaching and Learning was given to the Learning Bridge in early 2017. This recognition goes to only 6% of Illinois preschools. The Award reflects the accomplishment at the highest level across seven standards of excellence including:

  1. Program demonstrates exemplary preschool classroom learning environments;

  2. Program implements supplemental, content-based curricula that is research-based and aligns with the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards;

  3. Program demonstrates high-quality developmentally appropriate instructional practices in the content areas (social emotional/executive functioning, literacy, math, and science);

  4. Program uses assessment data collected at the beginning of the year (within 45 days of enrollment) to identify initial instructional goals for children (see content areas above) and, for those children for whom screening data identifies a developmental concern, informs parents of the plans to provide children with additional teaching and learning supports;

  5. Program utilizes appropriate assessment tool or tools that align with supplemental, content-based curricula to document children’s progress over time with measurable content-learning outcomes;

  6. The program demonstrates commitment to achieving the principles of full inclusion and full participation of children with disabilities and their parents in natural environments;

  7. Programs implement professional development opportunities to support teachers’ ongoing learning, reflection and examination of practice, and improvement of practice.


The Learning Bridge is honored to have been selected as a partner organization for the Kellogg Board Fellows program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. We’ll share more about our wonderful board fellow Vienna Ke and her project in the coming months.


Learning Bridge leadership and staff are determined to sustain the work of Evanston’s outstanding, continuously improving early learning center for all working families. This gem of a community-based organization has 70 years of history at its back and an unlimited future ahead! Please contact Executive Director Lindsay Percival at percivall@lbeec.org for more information.