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Preschool & Day Care Programs in Chicago IL

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Jolly Fun House Playschool, Chicago:
Jolly Fun House Playschools cater for kids ages 6 weeks to 5 years through our Infant program, Toddler / Two Years program, Preschool / Pre-Kindergarten program and more. We have three locations in Cook County, Illinois (Chicago City, Norridge and Prospect Heights). Our facility in Chicago enjoys a central location serving Irving Park, Albany Park, Avondale, Hermosa and Belmont communities. Since 1942, the JFH Educational Academy has provided the highest standard of care and educational opportunity for children from infants through preschool and the early grades.

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Education Programs:
Full Day / Partial Week / Half Day (Mornings or Afternoons) / Infant Care / Day Camp. As a nationally accredited school, JFH offers your child a customized curriculum for children from infancy through to 6th grade.

All of our programs include:

- Social Studies, Art, Music, Spanish (grade school), Physical Education, Computer Access and Training, Science ExPhoto of Preschool & Day Care Programs in Chicago ILperiments (4 year-olds through grade 6), Reading and Language Arts

Infant Program
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The infant program provides your child with a safe, nurturing and loving environment complete with sensory stimulation through music, story time, creative art, free play and large motor activities.

Toddler / Two Years Program:
This is a child-centered program conducted in a warm and loving environment where your child’s activities will include art, music, story time and language, emphasizing the development of fine and gross motor skills. From potty training to ABC’s, we provide guidance and encouragement when children are most ready to learn.

Preschool / Pre-Kindergarten Program:

Image of Preschool & Day Care Programs in Chicago ILEmphasis is placed on your child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical developmental needs on an individual basis. Programs include music, creative arts, dramatic play and literature. We round out the curriculum with language arts for 3-4 year olds and the Distar Reading Program and advanced Distar Language Arts and math for 4 year olds. Fine and gross motor activities are incorporated into the programming for this entire age group. Your child’s curriculum includes gross motor skills, music, art, calendar and weather study and listening skills.
Kindergarten Program
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This program is especially designed to enable your child to make a smooth and enjoyable transition into first grade. Children are grouped according to ability and are allowed to progress at an individual rate. We use the Baratta / Lorton Reading Program and “Math Their Way” hands-on learning programs to assure the best school beginnings. The small teacher / student ratio (1:20 maximum) assures your child the individualized attention he or she requires. Your child’s Kindergarten year culminates with a graduation ceremony befitting their important achievement.

Primary Grades Program
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We offer an accelerated educational curriculum using a small (1:20) teacher to student ratio and individualized learning. The program includes mastery intrPhotos of Jolly Fun House Playschool, Chicagooduction in reading, mathematics, social studies, science, literature, language arts, music, art, computer technology and physical education. Our longer academic year (185 days per year versus 176 days at most schools) provides your child with an extra opportunity to learn and achieve academic excellence.

Before and After School and Holiday Vacation Play Club:
Your school age child will love this Prospect Heights program designed to reinforce a safe and constructive environment. Activities include art, music and sports in our large gymnasium. Children will also have time for study hall and field trips. Transportation is provided for neighboring school districts.

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The South Side School, Chicago
Courses / Programs
The South Side School is an affordable independent elementary school with a Waldorf-inspired curriculum near Chicago's Loop in the vibrant urban environment of East Pilsen and we are happy to serve Lower West Side, Pilsen and South Side communities. We draw on an 90-year-old teaching tradition that engages the "whole child" - intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically - in time with the natural developmental stages of childhood. We are focused not simply on the college your child will attend, but rather the person your child will become: curious, compassionate, self-reliant.

We are a new elementary school in Chicago, whose curriculum is inspired by Waldorf education. The uniqueness in a Waldorf education can be found mainly in how and when the students are taught-not in what they are taught. First comes the experience of the subject and from this experience comes the understanding of the concept.

This genuine learning process, from perception, to feeling, to idea, is the basis for later abstract and intellectual learning. We teach our children in the deepest manner possible, allowing lessons to become fully incorporated into the individual.
- Elementary School program
- Lower School program
- Middle School program

* Our curriculum includes Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Spanish, Chinese, Language Arts, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Music, Movement, Handwork and Outdoor play.
* In the Waldorf tradition, we intend for our classroom teacher to remain with the class until the children reach 8th grade.
St. Benedict Elementary School, Chicago
Courses / Programs
St. Benedict Elementary School (SBES), a Catholic educational community serving grades Pre-K-8, inspires and cultivates a balance of faith, academic excellence, and individual talents in a diverse, personalized setting. We are located on Chicago's North-Side, near Western Ave, serving Roscoe Village, Irving Park, Avondale, Lakeview, DePaul and surrounding communities.

St. Benedict Elementary School enjoys Full State of Illinois Recognition for non-public schools, as well as certification from the Office of Catholic Schools. We are a member of the National Catholic Education.

For just over 100 years, St. Benedict has provided quality education, and continues to teach and encourage Catholic traditions. Given this history, St. Benedict has proven its on-going commitment to faith-based education and community building in Chicago's North Center. The St. Benedict graduate is well rounded, dedicated to the service of others and prepared for the future.

As a community, St. Benedict Elementary School is committed to service, both to our peers and to those less fortunate. In addition, we seek to enrich the educational experience of our students through extensive extracurricular offerings.
Catholic Education Programs for Pre-K through Grade 8:

- Elementary Program
- Authentic Portfolio Assessment Program
- Athletics Program

- Our amazing and dedicated teachers provide educational opportunities that employ the best methods.

- This includes our Authentic Portfolio Assessment Program and cutting-edge technology.

- In addition to our core classes, students receive Spanish, Art, Computers, Music and Religion.
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.
Lakefront Children's Academy
Courses / Programs
Lakefront Children's Academy is a full-service, private, educational academy for children ages two through to six years. We are conveniently located in the New East Side neighborhood in the center of Chicago, close to Millennium Park and the heart of Chicago's downtown loop. Lakefront Children's Academy offers an enhanced curriculum and solid educational programs.

Our academic programs feature computer readiness, foreign language, math & reading readiness, science, library, music, art, cultural appreciation & physical education classes. 95% of our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten graduates who apply for are accepted to private, gifted and classical schools.

Lakefront Children's Academy was recognized as one of the top 100 child care centers in the country by Child Care Business Publication. Lakefront Children's Academy is both City and State Licensed and our staff attend regular training seminars to keep current on the latest issues in Early Childhood Education.

Our low student to teacher ratio ensures each child receives individual attention and care. Within a safe environment, each child will be stimulated to explore, make choices and develop age appropriate skills.
- Academic programs for ages 2-6 years, geared toward stimulating the development of skills and communication, providing a growing awareness of sizes, shapes, and colors, cultivating manipulative skills and increasing physical development.

- Academics / Activities:
* Reading Readiness
* Math Readinesss
* Art
* Earthworks Science Program
* Practical Life
* Musikgarten Music Lessons
* Computer Readiness
* Language
* Piano
* Physical Education
* Field Trips
* Hot Meals
* Summer Camp program
Penny Lane School, Chicago
Courses / Programs
Penny Lane has two quality schools located in the Chicago Ridge and Oaklawn neighborhoods, south-west of downtown Chicago in Cook County, IL. Penny Lane is a privately owned and DCFS licensed facility that offers various educational and child care options. We provide early childhood education serving families throughout Woodlawn, Englewoood, Evergereen Park, South Shore and South Chicago.

Penny Lane plays a major role in guiding children's development and providing them with experiences that nurture their social, cognitive and physical abilities. We want your child to feel secure and independent, to move from one activity to another as easily and confidently as possible.

We follow the same schedule day after day. A picture schedule helps children feel secure because they know what comes next. After a few months, children are amazingly independent. They tell us what they are supposed to do next! Our early childhood education curriculum includes Spanish, Computers, Music and Movement, Rhythm instruments and a P.E curriculum. Come join the fun and let the learning begin.
Early Childhood Education Day Care Programs:

- Infants program: Ages 6 weeks to 15 months
- Toddlers program: Ages 15 months to 2 years
- Two Year Olds program: Ages 2 - 3 years
- Preschool program: Ages 3 - 4 years
- Pre-kindergarten program: Ages 4 - 5 years
- Kindergarten program: Ages 5 - 6 years (Must be 5 yearrs by September 1st)

Additionally:
- Before / After School program: Ages 5 - 12 years
- Summer Day Camps: All ages
Elmhurst Academy
Courses / Programs
Elmhurst Academy of Early Learning is located in Elmhurst in DuPage County, Illinois, approximately 17 miles west of downtown Chicago. We provide professional child care services for ages 3 months through to first grade.

Elmhurst Academy of Early Learning is accredited by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Accreditation Commission (NAC). Elmhurst Academy is the only school in Illinois to hold all three of these prestigious honors.

Elmhurst Academy of Early Learning believes that successful experiences early in life lead to a successful future. We assist our students in realizing their potential by promoting academic achievement, character development, self-reliance, self-confidence and independent thought.
Education Programs:

- Infant Program

- Toddler Program

- Preschool Prep Program

- Preschool Program

- Private Kindergarten and First Grade Program