Preschool / Child Care Center in Chicago, IL

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Smart Love Preschool:
Smart Love Preschool offers a play-based curriculum within an eco-friendly environment as five day or half day (morning and afternoon) care programs for toddlers and children of 3- 5 years. Located in North Side Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, near Irving Park and the Lake, Smart Love Preschool serves families from Lakeview, Ravenswood, Irving Park, Avondale and surrounding Northside communities. The Smart Love philosophy has been successfully applied by trained professionals in a broad range of settings for over three decades.

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Toddler Explorations Program:
Smart Love's new early preschool class for parents and toddlers (15-36 months.). We have created a unique and inspiring program designed especially for your child's optimal development. Our teachers have integrated messy arts and creations, spacious motor play and lively group times, with the Smart Love™ approach.

Meet like-minded parents in your community at the toddler classes, as well as at our complimentary evening parent seminars, focused on supporting families raising young and school-age children. There is so much to be a part of at Smart Love.

Preschool Program:

Welcome and Transition Play Time:

The children arrive, take off their shoes, hang their backpack in their cubby and wash hands. The teachers welcome the children and the children greet each other.

To help with transitions from home to school, children choose from several enticing and enjoyable activities that have been set up in the room for them.

Well-Being Together Time:
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We will say our hellos together on the big rug with our special welcome song, notice who is here and who is absent, check the weather, listen to a child's show and tell, or engage in a fun group activity such as creative movement or yoga.

Child's Choice:
The children can make choices as to what they enjoy doing during this time. Areas of play include: the block corner, water play and nature station, messy arts and crafts, puzzles, dress-up and play kitchen, or a comfy book nook.

Snack Time:
Children wash their hands and have a bathroom break and then sit down for a healthy snack and lively conversation.

Learning is Fun:
Theme-based, age appropriate content will be taught in an engaging way that stimulates children's natural curiosity about the world around them and incorporates early math and literacy skills. Examples might be a child-friendly custom, art or music from our own or another culture, a nature project like building nests or creating a village. Children may visit the Children's Library for storytelling, puppet theatre or magic shows.

Outdoor Time:
Children play outdoors, tend the children's garden or create their own imaginary fun. Teachers will engage the children in fun outdoor games and activities.

Good-Bye Time: 
Children and teachers, sing, wriggle and dance a group good-bye.

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Kids's Work Chicago
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Kids’ Work is a safe and stimulating child care experience that promotes the cognitive, emotional, and physical development your infant, toddler, or preschooler. We are located at 2608 W. Addison, Unit A, Chicago IL 60618.

We believe;
… that children thrive best when provided a safe and nurturing environment that encourages exploration and creativity.

… that each child is a unique individual who deserves to feel loved, cared for, and respected.

… that an effective curriculum is research based and incorporates a variety of educational theories while embracing the whole child and allowing for hands on experiential learning.

…that a partnership between parents and caregivers is essential to a positive child care experience.

… that children learn best when surrounded by caregivers who are sensitive to the needs of each child, well educated, and highly experienced.
7:00am to 6:30 pm:

- Infant (8 weeks-14 months)
- Toddler (15-23 months)
- Two’s (24-35 months) & Preschool (36 months and up)
Kids Connection Preschool
Courses / Programs
Kids Connection Preschool, located in Joliet in Will and Kendall Counties, Illinois (40 miles south-west of Chicago), is a Preschool offering education programs to children ages 3, 4 and 5 years. Classes are structured with the same age groupings as the public school classes. The activities and materials of the classes are geared toward the interests and abilities of children their age.

Care is taken to avoid pressure, but time for individual growth is provided through free play choices, small group activities and one-on-one attention. As children feel love and acceptance, they will learn.
3 year old classes:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays
- 9:00-11:30 a.m.
- 9:15-11:45 a.m.
- 12:30-3:00 p.m.

4 year old classes:
- Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays
- 9:00-11:30 a.m.
- 9:15-11:45 a.m.
- 12:30-3:00 p.m.
- Tuesday and Thursdays
- 12:45-3:15 p.m.
Adirondack Learning Academy
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Enroll in an accredited online homeschool course from Adirondack Learning Academy (ALA), and give your child or teenager the opportunity to benefit from quality online education from the comfort of their own home in Illinois and throughout the U.S. 

We deliver comprehensive study-at-home academic programs to kindergarten, elementary school, middle school & high school students. A college preparatory academic diploma is awarded to high school seniors on successful graduation. 

We provide anytime online access to our online courses. Tailored to appeal to today’s web-savvy kids, this makes studying convenient for all schedules.

Our staff is skilled at easing the transition from high school to college. We have experience in what it takes to get you accepted at the college of your choice.

ALA is accredited by the National Independent Study Accreditation Council (NISAC) and approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Online K-12 Homeschool Programs:
- For kindergarten, elementary school, middle school & high school students

- Core courses, electives & and career-technical courses
- College entry assistance
- Advanced Placement (AP) classes
- SAT & ACT exam preparation
- Individualized instruction with each student assigned a personal learning coach
- Extra-curricular clubs and special events held live online
- Programs for students with special needs

- A college preparatory academic diploma is awarded to high school seniors on successful graduation
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Courses / Programs
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Kingswood Academy is dedicated to the academic, moral, physical, and spiritual formation of our students. We provide challenging academics through a classical curriculum in a morally sound and spiritually enriching environment. Teachers will provide a quality instructional program to all of our students. Kingswood Academy supports parents as the primary educators of their children.

Our goal is that Kingswood students become competent and responsible men and women who live by Christian principles. We adhere to the teaching of the Catholic Church and emphasize the philosophy of the laity. At Kingswood, we believe that parents are the primary educators of their own children. We are here to reinforce your beliefs and assist you in this goal.
Education programs for grades PreK-3 through to 8th Grade:

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- Character Education program: Each month there is a school-wide virtue featured in the curriculum

Additionally: A wide range of extra-curricular activities
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Courses / Programs
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- We offer both an English and a Spanish Language Immersion program.
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