Chicago Heights Early Learning Center

Take a virtual tour

Illinois Action for Children's Chicago Heights Early Learning Center

Ages Served:
Children three to five years old.


202 S. Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Monday - Friday 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Main Phone Number:


IAFCs Chicago Heights Early Learning Center is located on the campus of Prairie State College. This site has a total of five classrooms, each serving children 3-5 years old and accommodating 100 children in total. Each modern classroom includes an observation room that is used by parents and program administrators. There is a room dedicated for socializations for children and families in our home visiting programs.

All meals and snacks are prepared daily in a full-service, professional kitchen. The site also features a secure, fully-equipped, and age-appropriate outdoor playground.


Crystal Powell M.Ed - Site Director:

Teaching Staff/Cook/Maintenance Staff

  • Vanessa Bennett
  • Angela Desiderio (Program Aid)
  • Jacquii Drake
  • Andrea Fourte
  • Keith Hill (Maintenance Staff)
  • Trina Keepers
  • Carina Lopez
  • Sarah Konrad
  • Maria Meza
  • Jaclyn Mullen
  • Brianna Perillo (Program Aid)
  • Betty Phelps
  • Treneikeia Riley
  • Danielle Scott
  • Lashon Walker
  • Amber Williams
  • Daneilla Wilson (Cook)

Family Engagement Staff

Site Director

Crystal Powell

Crystal Powell, M.Ed

Crystal Powell is the Site Director for our Chicago Heights Early Learning Center. She ensures that day-to-day operations run smoothly so children can learn, grow and develop. Crystal graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Child Development and Family Studies and has over 10 years of experience. In 2015, she earned her Master’s degree from National Louis University in Early Childhood Administration. Crystal believes that children are sponges, they learn through their environment and beyond teaching, educators should focus on the well-being of children to ensure their basic needs are always being met.