Our Mission and Values

The mission of RC4 is to provide quality child care and education for children ages 6 weeks to five years in a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment. At RC4 we strive to build:

Community- We empower each other through a strong commitment to community, recognizing our responsibility to one another.

Diversity- We celebrate bringing together a diverse group of people with rich differences in ethnic, racial, and socio-cultural backgrounds, age, and gender.

Lifelong Learning- Our goal is to nurture a love for learning and believe that everyone benefits when they are able to grow- cognitively, emotionally, and physically.

Quality- Children deserve the best quality child care and education to support their total development.

Respect- We strive to appreciate that each person is unique, valuable, and worthy of respect.

During a child's enrollment, there are goals that teachers and parents set together to meet individual needs. Additionally, there are universal goals that all children will meet before leaving the center. Those goals include social/emotional, physical and cognitive skills appropriate to the child's developmental stage which teachers have focused on through observations and lesson planning. Children will have a strong basis for future school success based upon healthy relationships with child care staff. Families will have learned the importance of social/emotional development and will have come away with ways to facilitate that through their participation in the classroom and at conferences with teachers. Through a growing sense of community within the child care center, families will leave with an increased support network of other families, as well as knowledge about ways in which children learn, what can be expected at various developmental stages of growth, and how to navigate the Chicago Public School system for the benefit of their child.

Our Story

Ravenswood Community Child Care Center is a non-profit child care center that works to provide quality care to children in our community. RC4 opened its doors in September 2002 in order to provide childcare to children of teen parents and additional families in the community. By doing so, many teens have graduated from high school, secured jobs and pursued post-secondary education.

Meet the Board

Ravenswood Community Child Care Center (RC4)is owned and operated by a charitable not-for-profit organization, Ravenswood Community Daycare, Inc. Board members are elected by the Board to represent Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church, child care families and the broader community at large. Responsibility and authority for day-to-day operation is granted to the Executive Director.

Ray Erickson


Kristine Brandel

Board Member

Gianfranco Farruggia

Board Member

Carol Koeller


Adair Galster

Board Member

Don Hodgkinson

Ex Officio Member

Andrew Lettinga


Elizabeth Knutson

Board Member

Phil Staurseth

Ex Officio Member

Stop by and check us out

Early childhood is a great time of discovery and growth. Our teachers create a safe, warm and educational environment that prepares children attending our program for kindergarten and encourages a lifelong love of learning.

Interested in checking it out? We have monthly tours the last Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Stop by, check out the center, and ask questions!