It is our mission to be recognized as a respected partner in childcare and as an advocate in the field of early childhood. To build meaningful collaborations and lasting partnerships in all communities, allowing us to make positive changes in the lives of children and families
S.P.N.A. was founded August 1998 with the vision of one day becoming a network of Professionals that were respected partners in the childhood community. Our founder, Mrs. DeCarla Burton realized that she needed other visionaries with the same drive and determination, so she connected with childcare Professionals to join her in transforming her vision to reality.
Dorothy Davis was one of the first Professional Educators to answer this call. She was seasoned in the field of early childhood and possessed specific skills that helped to launch the “Southside Providers Network Association” which was comprised of educators from the Southside of Chicago. The name changed to “Southside Professionals Network Association when the organization began attracting members throughout the city and suburbs.
The final name change was in 2018 Supporting Professional’s Network Association or simply S.P.N.A. to include childcare centers that believed S.P.N.A. captured their vision of unity.
S.P.N.A. continues to move forward welcoming educators throughout Illinois to join us as one unified voice on issues that affect the childcare industry.
We are looking for professional Family Childcare Educators and center-based Educators to join our organization.
SPNA provides mentoring, support, monthly trainings and certificates to help satisfy DCFS mandated clock hours.
Receive information on the best practices to enhance your childcare business and get updates on changes to DCFS licensing standards, Union (SEIU) updates and so much more!
Meetings and trainings are held every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the location listed below.
During COVID, meetings and trainings are held virtually through zoom every 3rd Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
True Believers Church
7801 Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60620