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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-3
  • Students: 163 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
163 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
29%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
20:1
National avg.: 13:1

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling

School Reviews

5  
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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-3
  • Students: 163 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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