Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center

  • The Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center is a regional archdiocesan school and a ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Office of Catholic Schools.We offer a variety of educational opportunities for infants, toddlers and children up to 9 years old.
  • We are proud to be one of the few Chicago area schools to offer Montessori classes in a Catholic environment as well as support for children with special needs.
  • Our programs include classes for parents and/or caregivers with infants and toddlers, transition classes for 3 year-old, full day preschool, kindergarten, and primary grade classes.
  • We also offer Extended Day programs before and after school at our St. Bonaventure campus.
  • Class sizes are limited to approximately 20 children with a teacher and assistant.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
American Montessori Society (AMS)
Other Montessori association(s)
Other associations(s) for exceptional children
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-3

Student Body

Total Students156 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by GradeCardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers3 teachers

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Chicago
    Grades: NS-8 | 493 students
    0.4 miles
    1439 W Wellington Ave
    Chicago, IL 60657
    0.4 NS-8
  • Chicago
    Grades: NS-8 | 573 students
    2.4 miles
    226 W Schiller St
    Chicago, IL 60610
    2.4 NS-8
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-6 | 401 students
    3.4 miles
    1335 W Randolph St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    3.4 PK-6
  • Chicago
    St Clement School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: NS-8 | 430 students
    1.2 miles
    2524 N Orchard St
    Chicago, IL 60614
    1.2 NS-8
  • Chicago
    St Helen School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 406 students
    2.4 miles
    2347 W Augusta Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60622
    2.4 PK-8

School Reviews

After stressing about our search, we have been so happy at CBECC. It was such a relief for us to find a Montessori that was reasonably priced and had such a long-standing good reputation. When we toured, it wasn`t as new as some of the other Montessori schools, but we left feeling like it definitely had more to offer. Great teacher to child ratio, classrooms bursting with cool "work", and really impressive outdoor space. We were used to planter boxes and equipment over asphalt, but CBECC has a huge front yard as well as a cool play yard with all kinds of different areas for the kids to explore. My child is in his second year of the 3-6yr preK, and he loves it. So do we!
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