Shining Star currently has four convenient locations. Our child care centers are designed to meet the standards of excellence & early childhood education. We are proud to help children in the Chicagoland area develop the skills they need to prepare for academic excellence and success in life. 




The mission of Shining Star Early Learning Centers is to enrich the quality of family life by providing peace of mind to parents and by enhancing the life experiences of the children in our care.

Each child is different, developing at his or her own special pace. Each has definite interests, likes and dislikes. No one respects individuality more than the Shining Star where each child receives loving attention from our childcare specialist as they are guided through the stages of social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

Furthermore, Shining Star programs are based on the belief in the uniqueness and intrinsic value of each child, parent, student, and staff member. We are committed to helping each child and family feel safe, secure, and comfortable by providing a nurturing and educationally enriching atmosphere.

Our programs are designed to provide a warm and stimulating atmosphere that offers your child opportunities to play alone and to interact with peers and adults.

Shining Star staff structures the environment with a rich and diverse range of experiences in an open classroom setting and then serves as resources to the children during their explorations.

The daily schedule provides a balance of active and quiet times; individual as well as small and large group activities, and indoor and outdoor settings. Throughout the day, children are encouraged to make choices in their exploration of the world.

Thanking you for entrusting us with the extension of you; “Your Child.”

We want you to know that your child is in good care.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Program Director, Childcare Specialist, Nutritionist, and Support staff, I welcome you to the Shining Star Child Development, “Where we are developing tomorrow’s STARS today.

Shining Star is committed to the philosophy that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring, and discovery. Since children by nature are creative and receptive, our program strives to nurture and encourage these qualities. 

  • Environmental Exploration

  • Personal Hygiene

  • Positive self-identity

  • Reading Readiness

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Story Time

  • Family Support Services

  • Health & Nutrition Services


Shining Star Child Development & Shining Star Early Learning Academy was founded by Gicele Wray-Lindley in February 2004. Gicele’s family lived in one of Chicago’s under-served community where violence, poverty, unemployment and the lack of quality early childhood education was prevalent. Determined to take her experiences and passion for bettering the lives of at-risk children, Gicele established the Shining Star Youth and Community Services to provide early literacy support to children.​

Shining Star provides an atmosphere that encourages the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole. Planned within the framework of philosophy and purpose, the curriculum includes the following:​


  • Arts & Crafts

  • Computer Technology

  • Cooking

  • Creative Movement

  • Indoor/Outdoor Play

  • Language Development

  • Manners & Etiquette

  • Mathematical Concepts

  • Music