Chicago South Loop

Our Center

Welcome to Kids & Company South Loop Chicago!

Our Learning Environment: This location is located in the heart of South Loop neighborhood at State and Roosevelt. We’re within walking distance of about anything you could ever want, including many of our parents’ homes and work, which is why many of our families walk their children to our center each day. We have eight classrooms that can accommodate over 100 children daily. Each classroom contains educational materials, age-appropriate toys and child-sized equipment to help little ones learn and grow.

Infant classrooms provide nursing areas for mothers, individualized cribs for babies to cozy up in and plenty of room for tummy-time.

Toddler, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms are arranged with centers for children to learn by working together with their peers while developing social-emotional skills with the care and love of early childhood teachers.

Our Programs: At Kids & Company, we use an emergent curriculum and learn through play philosophy. We’re so proud of our learning programs. They include pre-literacy and early reading, Art and Exploration, and Munchkinetics (movement) and are specially designed to engage our children in a learning process that encourages self-expression, creativity, coordination and most importantly, fun! You’ll find sign language in our baby and toddler rooms. All our children participate in music, Spanish, science & exploration and creative play throughout our day.

Did you know we have camp programs for school-age kids? Sign up for a day, a few days, a week or the entire summer and let them explore their communities, stretch their minds and build lasting friendships! Find out more here

Snack time at daycare: healthy nutritious snack for kids
Kids & Company Chicago South Loop

1255 S. State St.
Chicago, Illinois 60605

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Our Center Information


Kids & Company Chicago South Loop
1255 S. State St.
Chicago, Illinois, 60605

Contact Information

(312) 360-1640

Center Hours

Monday to Friday, 6:30 am - 6:00 pm

Meet The Director

My name is Crystal Whitfield Gaines and I am the Center Director at the Kids & Company South Loop location. I attended Kendell College and received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been working in child care for over a decade! 

Working in childcare was a decision that I made due to my own experiences as a parent. I knew then I wanted to make a difference in the lives of other children besides my own as I realized the lack of truly educational, high-quality child care options.

In my spare time, I participate in family-friendly events, activities or host some of my own. I also enjoy cooking, reading or having a lazy Saturday with the children. I am a mother of 3 boys (Myles, Christopher, Keith), a girl (Kendra) and a dog named Bella. 

Now that you know more about me, I would love to meet you.  I hope you come to visit our South Loop center and see for yourself how Kids & Company can provide the right care and education for your child!

Crystal Whitfield Gaines

Programs Offered

  • Infants
    • Smiling toddler

      At Kids & Company, we work with your family to ensure that the transition is a smooth one. Before your child’s first day, we’ll provide information on what to expect. We’ll create an integration schedule that is right for your child and every day that your child is on the classroom, you’ll receive a daily report that let you know how your child’s day was. You’ll also be able to see him or her on our in classroom web cameras. The Director will even send you an email before the end of the day if your child has a special “wow” moment that day.

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  • Toddlers
    • Smiling child

      Toddlers learn best in the context of relationships within small groups. There are fewer distractions and children’s activities are more focused. In Kids & Company toddler classrooms, our small groups allow very young children to make connections, form caring relationships, and learn to understand other children.

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  • Preschool
    • Smiling child outside

      Two-year-olds examine all that they see as they attempt to make sense of their world. In our preschool classrooms, Kids & Company teachers interact, observe and discover what the early preschooler’s interests are and encourage further discoveries by planning activities and investigations that expand your child’s learning.

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  • Pre-Kindergarten Programs
    • Happy preschooler at daycare

      Kids & Company’s Pre-Kindergarten Programs are designed for children who are 4 or 5 years old to prepare them for 1st grade. Our program supports learning, play and exploration and the construction of relationships and ideas while continuing to offer the convenience of full-time child care.

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  • Half-day Programs
    • learning science at daycare for preschoolers

      Kids & Company develops and fosters the potential in every child through an enriched, nurturing and safe early learning environment.  At Kids & Company, we believe in learning through play.

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  • Camp
  • Birthday Parties

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