In the case of emergency closing, parents will be contacted by text message and through Remind. Information will also be posted on our Facebook Page and with the Emergency Closing Center


With over 300 students, Picket Fence is the most complete and trustedWe Love Our Students! day care and learning center.

Admission is open to all children between the ages of 2 years and 12 years old. Conveniently located in Elmwood Park and River Grove.

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At Picket Fence Learning Center we have an open door policy. You are welcome to visit at anytime. You can join your child for lunch or join in during activity time, share a story, or just say hi. Schedule a class room tour today.

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Picket Fence Learning
Provides Caring Child Care

Picket Fence Daycare and Learning Center is located at 36 Conti Parkway in Elmwood Park, founded in October 1993. We are licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services and are under the rules and regulations of the Cook County Health Department and Illinois Fire Marshall. In July of 2013 we expanded to another facility at 2624 Oak Street in River Grove. That location was formerly the Bethlehem Lutheran School. We serve high quality care for ages 2 years to 12 years. Children attend from Elmwood Park, River Grove, Schiller Park and the Montclair neighborhood of Chicago.

Philosophy: A loving and supportive staff

Our staff respects each child’s individual capabilities and nurtures their self-esteem and creativity. Through encouraging self-expression, play and initiating choices of materials and equipment, we promote each child’s emotional, social, cognitive, language and physical development.

Peanut Free


Picket Fence Learning Center is a peanut/nut free facility! We also cater to special dietary needs of children. We are proud to be the only nut free facility in the area.

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A Healthy Balanced Menu

We include a healthy hot breakfast, hot lunch and two snack for all our students!
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Tuition Starting at $40

We have a variety of tuition plans. Contact us online or by phone 708.452.4544 for tuition information and for a tour of our facility.

These Are Just A Few Main Curriculum Areas We Cover,
There Are Plenty More

  • Music (creative and appreciation)

  • Science Area (discovery and exploration)

  • Large motor (coordination)

  • Group experiences (language, socialization)

  • Block area (representational play)

  • Housekeeping area (dramatic play)

  • Manipulative/Discovery (math,thinking skills)

  • Field trips (community education)

  • Library area (books, tapes, pre-literacy)

  • Sensory area/sand and water table (pre-math, science)

  • Art area (creative art experiences and techniques)

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Diversity: We Are One

We welcome children and families without regard to family structure, socioeconomic status, race, religion, cultural backgrounds, gender, ability or language. The multi-cultural backgrounds of our families have added to our well-rounded educational programs. Individual differences among our children are recognized, encouraged and respected.

A SAFE FACILITY: See for yourself with a private tour

Picket Fence Learning Center has many child care scheduling options. From part time, full time and before/after school care. That’s right, we covered all the bases. Call to schedule a tour 708.452.4544

Deciding which day care to place our son in was one of the most important decisions we have had to make. We searched and interviewed many schools looking for a safe, nurturing environment, and a curriculum that included an education component as well as play time. Most importantly, we wanted to ensure our son was surrounded by a committed and caring staff. We found all these qualities and more in Picket Fence.”
Proud Parent, Parent
“Ms. Toni is an on-site and hands-on owner who is committed to the well-being of every child and the daily activities of the school. The teachers are accessible in-person, by phone or email and respond to all our requests in a timely manner. Parents who want to be more involved can participate in parent committee meetings which allow you to be part of the planning and decision making process for policies, and other school events.“
Monica, Parent
“Picket Fence has been an outstanding facility staffed with highly caring professionals. We feel this place has helped greatly with our son’s development. Our family is a very health conscious family and the school seems to provide very nutritional meals compared to other facilities in the area. We can only hope that the school will have room for our younger daughter soon so she can have the same benefits that our son has.”
Jim, Parent

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