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A Step Up Career Academy Center


2745 Bernice Road
Lansing, IL 60438
Cell Phone: 708-502-0563
Fax: 708-474-2510
Last Updated: March 6, 2017


Special hours: The best time to contact Ms. Shawny: 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Available 24 hours a day at 708-502-0563


About A Step Up Career Academy Center

For over 13 years,  A Step Up Career Academy's mission has been to create experiences that will promote an individual child's growth and well-being.  Our goals are to develop self-help skills, social competency, communication skills and positive self-identity. We teach each child to dream, to see it, believe it, and he/she will achieve it. We stress putting God first.

We provide:

○ Excellent and Reliable Child Care Services for childrens 6 weeks to 12 years of age
○ Before & After School Program
○ Summer Camps 
○ Field Trips
○ School Transportation
○ Planned Curriculums
○ Spanish Classes
○ Nutritionist Meals
○ Reasonable Rates
○ Special Needs Specialists
○ Night Care (Open until Midnight)
○ Fitness Provided by WNBA Player, Tangela Smith

A Step Up Career Academy recently received their star level from QRS (Quality Rating System) with Illinois Action for Children and are also currently going through the credential process with NAEYC, helping to showcase the highly desired structure parents seek for their children. All teachers within the center have received their degrees while all assistants are in the process of completing their education as well. 

A Step Up Career Academy Center is proud to announce that as of December, 9th 2015 we have received our Naeyc Accreditation!

For more information visit our website at or call us at 708-474-2511. 

A Step Up Career Academy Center

"Children Learn While They Play"

Childcare for kids ranges from 6 weeks to 12 years old.

All Ages: Computers, Science, My Baby Can Read

Toddlers 1 to 2 years: Toddlers will learn skills which includes pushing and pulling objects, turning and bending, sorting objects by colors and size; exploring concepts of big and little; and building vocabulary in its early stages.

Beginners 2 to 3 years: Learn more routine and structured activities by using simple reasoning in its beginning stages.

Intermediate 3 to 5 years: Learn to recognize letters names, catching a bouncing ball and beginning to understand concept of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Spanish, reading, math, vocabulary, word blending, writing name, and spelling. Learn the final components of literacy and math knowledge to prepare for kindergarten.

School age 5 to 12 years: Raising their expectation on what he/she wants to be when they grow up. Creative writing skills, mock interviews, and building public speaking skills.

A Step Up Career Center

Howard Williams (CEO), and daughters Dr. Tasha Smith and LaShaunessye Williams make up the foundation of A Step Up Career Academy Center. Mr. Williams came up with the concept of the children’s center almost 14 years ago, and with convincing his daughters to leave the corporate world to join him the 3 have since made A Step Up Career Academy Center a growing success. What started as an idea on a Thursday quickly grew into a business by Saturday of the same week. A Step Up Career Academy Center originally started as an in home day care and 7 years later grew to a large 6,000 sq. ft. successful Family Owned child care facility.

Stop on by, meet our staff, and see how A Step Up career Academy Center helps your kids to Dream BIG, just as the Williams family has turned their dream into a BIG success!

A Step Up Career Center

This is a very good facility for children. They keep the kids busy. The staff is very friendly. I recommend this facility for children year round.

-Ms. Nicholson (Tia’s Mom)

Great staff, excellent care!!!

-Emiko(Gregory’s Mom)

Staff is very attentive to the children. It's a safe environment and I recommend that every parent bring their children to A Step Up Academy.

-Tanisha (Asya & DaShawn’s Mom)

It's a positive environment for all age groups.

-Charmain (Devin’s Mom)

Wonderful staff, excellent and safe learning environment.

-Miss Loretta (John, Blake, & Gabrielle’s Mom)

I absolutely love A Step Up Career Academy. My child had many challenges in his development process and they've helped him and I overcome all our challenges. We are very pleased to say that he was learned everything he needs to know for his age group.

-Sabrina (Derek’s Mom)

I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate everything that you have done to help my family while we were going through school and unemployment and job changes. Thank you

-Samantha(Jasmine’s Mom)

It’s a very good place to be. Love it!

-Eric & Angela (parents of Anthony, Jasmine, Saniyah, & Angelique)

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