Parents considering daycare options for their children age six weeks to five years have an exciting new alternative as Chicago’s first Spanish immersion childcare facility just opened its doors.

Located in the Roscoe Village neighbourhood, Rayito de Sol Early Learning Center offers unique early childhood programming that will allow children to naturally learn the Spanish language while receiving caring attention from licensed and experienced Spanish-speaking childcare workers.

Numerous studies have shown that children who speak more than one language will have greater employment opportunities and earn higher salaries throughout their lifetime. In addition, gaining an appreciation of the Latino culture will help create global citizens who value cultural diversity and inclusion.

“We prepare our children to think globally,” she says at our childcare, children experience Latino food, music, holidays, traditional dress and, by the time they are five, they can identify the 21 countries in the world where Spanish is the first language, their capitals as children can locate this countries in the globe.

Rayito de Sol offers both full and part-time childcare, children who attend full-time, and from a young age, will most easily acquire Spanish fluency, children entering the program by age three, on a full-time basis, will become fluent in the language by the time they enter kindergarten.

Being multi-lingual improves reading and writing development , Rayito de Sol program prepares children for academic success once they “graduate,” with some children showed reading at second grade level in kindergarten.

Rayito de Sol (Little Ray of Sun) after her two award-winning Spanish daycares of the same name in Minneapolis. Those facilities are distinguished not only by their curriculum, but for their accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which has been awarded to only 12% of daycares in the United States and signifies a particularly high-quality program that meets national standards.

The Chicago facility is licenced for 187 spaces, and children are separated into classrooms designated by age. The well-equipped classrooms are safe and inviting, each with natural light and emergency exits, and accommodate both individual and group learning in a happy, caring environment. Staff ratios range from one childcare professional for every four infants, to one per 10 pre-schoolers age three to five.

With Spanish the second-most spoken language in the United States, there is high demand for Spanish immersion programming in the school system. The opening of Rayito de Sol now provides that opportunity at an even earlier age, when the acquisition of a second language is easiest.

For more information come to our open houses on March 9, March 16, march 23 and March 30 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, call us at (312)819-5077 or visit

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Playing and Learning with Blocks - Rayito de Sol’s Specialty Learning Areas

Most of us can recall a memory in our childhood where we built something out of blocks.  At that moment, we were under the impression we were just having a fantastic time with our imagination and our playmates, as we fancied on about our various structures and the unfolding adventures that became a part of that playtime.

What we have discovered over time, is that Block Play offers much more than just a fun time building something.  

Block Play has been said to provide learning initiatives that inspire:

  • Problem Solving

  • Self-Expression

  • Creativity

  • Math

  • Spatial Abilities

  • Social Skills

  • Motor Skills

These learning experiences are the motivation behind why we have a specialty play area at our Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion Centers that offers the opportunity for the children to focus on all the benefits that Block Play has to offer.  

We can’t wait to show you all the other rooms and specialty learning areas our Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion Early Learning Center’s premier facility will have!  

We will be bringing a one-of-a-kind Spanish Language NAEYC Accredited Learning Experience to the Chicago area and surrounding communities soon!  

A Typical Day At Rayito de Sol

Rayito de Sol's Licensed and NAEYC Accredited Program, Safety Standards, and PreciousStatus Technology together with the integration of STEAM curriculum in our daily activities are just a few things that support the foundation of a great Learning Center. Below is what a typical day looks like at a Rayito de Sol Center!

6:30 AM // Meet and Greets:

You will receive a warm welcome from the staff as your child is off to join their friends. 

8:15 AM // Morning Snack:

Your child will enjoy a healthy light snack before starting an exciting day of exploring and learning. 

9:00 AM // Morning Meeting:

We gather as a class for a fun and structured meeting. In class we discuss the weather, the day of the week, the month of the year as your child greets their friends and we begin the day.

9:45 AM // Outside Play / Gross Motor Activities:

Twice a day we will run, climb, and play. If it is too cold outside, we will do our large muscle activities in our multi use room!

10:30 AM // Learning Centers:

Each station is enhanced with activities to reinforce the weekly theme and focus. Your child may be easel painting at the art station and will then move on to the math and manipulative station. 

11:10 AM // Lunch: 

Served family style with their class, allowing teachers to initiate discussions about table manners.

12:45 PM // Story Time:

Children listen to fables and stories while teachers use puppets to involve children in the dialogue. 

1:00 PM // Quiet Time:

Now is time to rest with soft lullabies in Spanish or with classic music, spotlighting our favorite composer.

3:00 PM // Afternoon Snack:

Your child will receive a nutritious snack and get ready for the afternoon adventures!  

3:15 PM // Afternoon Meeting:

Class will enjoy a meeting discussing what did we learned today and the La hora loca can come up at any time!

4:00 PM // Outside Play:

Outside fun with friends and use of our muscles again!

5:15 PM // Saying Goodbye:

Time to say goodbye and ask your child about their big day!

Why Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Is Important

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Parents – did you know that Spanish is the primary language of 20 countries worldwide? It is estimated that the combined number of Spanish speakers is almost 500 million, making it the second most widely spoken language (in terms of native speakers) in the world! Spanish is also the third most spoken language by total number of speakers after Mandarin and English!

Attending Rayito de Sol’s Spanish Immersion program provides an educational foundation that focuses on Spanish language immersion and will offer you child with the following advantages over their peers:

  • The ability to speak more than one language that is in the top three languages spoken in the world.

  • The cognitive skills early on that will be beneficial throughout their entire educational experiences; and their careers later in life.

  • Incorporates an early appreciation and respect for others by introducing a deeper understanding of Latin cultures through the immersion process.

Rayito de Sol’s premier childcare facilities integrate exceptional care and education that focuses on diversity, inclusion, and Spanish language immersion. Our centers will fill quickly and enrollment will be on a first-come opportunity basis!