About Us

Who We Are

West Town Daycare

West Town Daycare have been serving the Humboldt Park and West Town neighborhoods since 2012. Our program strives to provide children as young as 6 weeks to 5 years old with a high quality, play based early education program. All children are treated with gentleness, love, and respect. Using constructive guidance and positive reinforcement, we strive to cultivate an unbiased atmosphere where children are encouraged to challenge themselves and to subsequently see society through a lens that celebrates diversity of thought and culture. We advocate for a partnership with families and our community because it is essential to the growth and development of the individual child.

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Our Mission

West Town Daycare offers children a safe, nurturing, and dynamic environment to learn and grow in. We understand that each child is unique; therefore, we provide a responsive early childcare and education program in order to empower children’s curiosity, creativity, and a lasting love for learning.

Our Values

At West Town Daycare we value the individuality of each child and are dedicated to nurturing their individual strengths and needs. We are committed to creating a responsive and engaging environment that incorporates various learning philosophies. At West Town Daycare we believe that no two children are the same and therefore no two children learn in the same manner. Our role as early childcare educators is to support families and children as they develop and grow.

Our Philosophy

At West Town Daycare, we believe that children have the right to a safe learning environment with secure adult relationships that nurture play and exploration while actively participating in learning.

Your child deserves the best!

We work endlessly so that your childcare needs are met.

Azra Hodzic

Hello! My name is Azra Hodzic, and I am the founder and Director of West Town Daycare. I graduated from National Louis University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. During my time at NLU, I became inspired by many different approaches to early education, but I truly fell in love with the Reggio Emilia approach. I’ve since implemented its values and systems into my work with young children.

I started West Town Daycare In 2012 as a small home-based program in Humboldt Park. I began my journey with a passion for play-based learning and a desire to provide an intimate environment for young children to learn and grow. My vision has always been to implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that focuses on relationships and the learning environment while incorporating play-based learning into the children’s everyday experiences.

I still live in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, and I enjoy spending my free time walking through the beautiful park with my two dogs, Addison and Clark!

Larraine Clayton

My name is Larraine Clayton, and I am the Assistant Director here at West Town Daycare. Since graduating from North Park University, I have been in love with Early Childhood Education. I have worked in the field of childcare for about 10 years now and I am very passionate about the growth and development of young children. I am thrilled to be a part of the West Town Family and I look forward to years of learning, fun and adventure.

In my free time, I love to spend time outdoors with my family. We live in the South Suburbs and my son Carson (2) loves going to neighborhood parks. Our family’s favorite is Prairie View Park because Mom and Dad get to stop at Starbucks on the way.

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