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Message from our Director

Dear Parents:

Welcome to Haven for Tots Daycare & Preschool! Opening its doors in 1988, Haven has served families in Evergreen Park, Oak Lawn, and Chicago. Haven’s main goal will always be the same: to provide excellent care for your children.

Our days consist of art projects, lessons, educational activities, music, and nutritious meals. We pride ourselves with the relationships and memories we make with our families. We provide excellent care, guidance, and social/ emotional growth for your child.

We are a non profit program licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services of Illinois. We offer an excellent program for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years, and have a 3-5 day rate. Please call or email me with any questions you may have. Thank you!

Dina Haleem, Director
(708) 422-3314

Our Haven Staff

Our Board of Directors

Dr. Crystal Brown-Lewis


Dr. Crystal Brown-Lewis brings more than three decades of expertise to her role as a Clinical Life Coach, with a rich background encompassing therapy, administration, planning, and consulting in both community and academically-oriented social service agencies. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and went on to achieve a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (now recognized as Argosy University) in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Brown-Lewis specializes in diverse areas, including restorative justice, adolescent issues, family dynamics, community engagement, and coaching. Her extensive experience extends to both public and private school systems, where she has diligently addressed a myriad of interpersonal challenges affecting families and individuals.

Bonita Osborne


Bonnie has been involved with Haven since 1999 when Ridge Lutheran Church merged with Bethel Lutheran Church and became United By Faith. When UBF closed, she worked with the Pastor and staff member to obtain the 501(c)3 so Haven could continue as a legacy of UBF and worked with a small group to find a new location and get Haven all moved into the new facility. She assumed the Presidency of the Board to ensure some continuity and is now Secretary. She is very proud of Haven’s Board and envisions Haven moving forward well into the future

Charlene Babb

Charlene is an Early Childhood Educator. This is her second term on the board. She has been a teacher in pre-k for the last 13 years. Her knowledge and understanding of early childhood development has allowed her to be open and understanding to all children’s needs. Charlene is married with two children and resides in Littleton, Colorado.

Jeanne Duh

Jeanne, at her retirement from her job in November 2012 immediately became involved with Haven. She started volunteering in the kitchen then eventually became the full-time cook and grocery shopper for Haven. Currently, she is the weekly shopper for Haven’s grocery needs. At the inception of Haven’s board she became secretary and is now a voting member of the board.

Martha Moeller

Martha began with Haven for Tots in December 2020 as the Business Manager and treasure on the board. She oversees financial matters and day to day business behind the scenes to help keep Haven running smoothly. Martha also teaches music in a Lutheran school, is married and has two grown children.

Trinida Langdon

Trinida received her B.A. in Psychology, with a specialty in Applied Behavior Therapy  (RBT). She is a licensed teacher. Pursuing a  Master”s of Teaching in Early Childhood Education at the National Louis presently.I presently teach children with a variety of learning abilities, K-1, at a private school In Rodger’s Park, called Fanuly Matters School. Trinida has been married for 35 years and has three adult children and one granddaughter named Gracie. I am a graduate of Washburne, a well-known culinary arts school.  I love to observe and  paint trees. The giraffe is my favorite animal. My favorite color is green.

Our Goals for your Child

To provide a safe, secure environment
for learning and play.

To encourage self-awareness.

To deepen their love for God and His word.

To provide social growth.

To stimulate cognitive development and creative play.

To meet physical needs through good nutritious meals and snack


Our values are to: