About UsThe story of Little City
Established in 1959, Little City was founded by a group of parents who dreamed of a revolutionary environment for their children who “experts” often said should be institutionalized. Today, Little City is a vital, vibrant community offering a comprehensive scope of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Our founding principles along with a therapeutic community approach, continue to guide our programs and services for children and adults of all ages, enabling Little City to create hope, change lives and challenge the limits placed on individuals with disabilities.
Our nonprofit includes a 56-acre campus in Palatine with a choice of housing, programming and educational options as well as a foster care placement office in Chicago. We recently added the Duffey Family Children’s Village of state-of-the-art group homes for children and doubled our square footage and capacity of its ChildBridge Center for Education.
Our values are to be adaptable, advocates, compassionate, inclusive and leaders. Learn more.
Since March 2003, Shawn E. Jeffers has led Little City in fulfilling its mission of making each day better than the last for the children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities it serves. As Little City continues to redefine itself, Mr. Jeffers serves to champion the rights of participants to attain equality and dignity. The nonprofit includes a 56-acre campus in Palatine with a choice of housing, programming and educational options as well as a foster care placement office in Chicago. It has recently added the Duffey Family Children’s Village of state-of-the-art group homes for children and has doubled the square footage and capacity of its ChildBridge Center for Education.
Along with a volunteer governing board of 24 of Chicago’s public and private sector leaders, and an advisory board of 16 passionate Chicago-area professionals and volunteers, Mr. Jeffers has paved the way for new vocational and recreational programming. Mr. Jeffers oversees the operations of Little City, including a staff of over 500, and manages a $32 million operating budget.
Director of Facilities & Maintenance
Chief Program Officer-Children’s Services
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Program Officer - Adult Services
Theresa A. Moran
Deputy Chief – Centralized Support Services
Chief Finance & Administrative Officer
Board of Directors
View our board of directors and advisors.
Map of Locations
A Rewarding Career
“I’ve always had a passion for working with people in general. Working here every day gives me an opportunity to do what I am passionate about. Working with people with disabilities and getting to see the smile on their faces and see them do things they may not have been able to do in the past and learn and maintain those skills is what makes it worth coming to work every day.” – Tanya Syperski – Little City Assistant Program Manager
1760 W Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
Phone: (847) 358-5510
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Little City partners with a variety of companies, nonprofits and other organizations to best serve our individuals. Our partners give money, ideas, volunteers, in-kind support and more to help Little City. See all partners.