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On November 7th, Oak-Leyden hosted its 27th Annual Benefit – Oak-Leyden’s Oak-Toberfest – at Hofbrauhaus Chicago.  A capacity crowd of 200 enjoyed delicious German food, a silent auction, raffles, and a thrilling performance by the Oak-Leyden Adult Choir.

The evening was hosted by Cara Carriveau, afternoon host at Chicago’s 100.3 FM.  She and O-L President and CEO Bob Atkinson presented recognition awards to IFF (President’s Award), ACH Food Companies (Volunteers of the Year), Alexis Colter (Mighty Oak), and Chris Caponigri (Special Honoree).  The event raised nearly $75,000 for our programs and services.

Our New Children’s Services Playground

The 2013 9/11 Charity LemonAid Stand raised more than $30,000 for our new playground, which opened in July 2014 behind our offices at Ridgeland and Oak Park Ave.


The sounds of happy children can be heard throughout this Oak-Leyden neighborhood!



#GivingTuesdayOL, December 2nd

givebigWe hope you’ll consider Oak-Leyden Developmental Services on Giving Tuesday – December 2nd. Oak-Leyden is among the non-profits participating in the Illinois Give Big campaign. You can help make our holiday wishes come true for our client families by spreading the word and supporting our goal to raise $2,000.

To donate, click the blue button on the top of this page. Thanks for all you do to help Oak-Leyden help children and adults with developmental disabilities meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential. We couldn’t do it without you!

Oak-Leyden’s Early Intervention Program ~

Class of 2014

On August 12th, our Early Intervention Program hosted its annual graduation ceremony.  The ceremony is for children who turn 3 years of age during the 2014 calendar year - there were 100 graduates this year!  “This is always an exciting time for our families,” says Rachel Wood, Division Chief of the program. “The children take it very seriously, often dressing up in their best clothes.”

The ceremony was held at the Elmwood Park Community Center, across the street from Oak-Leyden’s new Lifelong Learning Center for adults.

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Early Intervention Program graduates, their families, and Oak-Leyden staff celebrate the Class of 2014 with balloons and cake!

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Another Early Intervention Program grad dressed for success.













Rachel Wood presents a diploma to one of 100 Early Intervention Program graduates.




Mixed Aged Music Together Class


Sign up today! Mixed Aged Music Together® Classes for all children 8 months through age 5 will be held for ten weeks on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays at 9:15 a.m., beginning the week of January 12, 2015.

Classes are held at Oak-Leyden Developmental Services, 411 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park. Check out one of our free demonstration classes on Thursday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m. or Friday, December 19 or January 9 at 9:15 a.m.

To sign up or for more information contact Rachel Wood at 708-524-1050 x107 or rwood@oak-leyden.org.

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