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Child's Play Touring Theatre:
Child's Play Touring Theatre, based in Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, is a private touring theatre company offering workshops, residencies, after school programs and summer camps across the USA. Child's Play Touring Theatre travels all over the country performing stories and poems written by children. Our mission is to share, encourage and validate the creativity of children by performing original works of theatre, music, and dance adapted from literature written by young authors.

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Our History:

Photo of Writing Programs for Kids & Teens Victor and June Podagrosi founded Child's Play while Victor was teaching theatre at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. Asked to stage a performance of children's writings for a Young Author's awards ceremony, Victor was delighted with the sophistication and storytelling abilities he discovered in children's writing. Believing they had identified a unique form of educational theatre, the Podagrosis formed Child's Play Touring Theatre and began traveling to rural schools in east central Illinois.

They developed workshops for classroom instruction and toured throughout the area before moving to Chicago as the base for the organization in 1982. From there they continued to evolve and have now traveled throughout the country, visiting 38 states from Alaska to Florida and Maine to California, to bring their programs to the nation’s youth.

Our Audience:

As Child's Play is a touring company, it has reached, through performances, workshops and intensive residencies, an audience of over 4.2 million children, teachers and parents in 38 states from Alaska to Florida. We see arts as an educational tool with lifelong benefits and teach not only in the schools, but at our studio and our summer camps. Child's Play Touring Theatre is a not-for-profit organization.

Our Studio:
Our Studio is the perfect place to hold rehearsals, classes, children’s parties and private events. Well-lit, safe and clean, this loft-like space measures 21.5’ x 36’. Blue walls provide a blue screen background for video/film productions or photography shoots. Access to refrigerator and prep room for events with food. Child’s Play costumes and props can be added for children’s parties.

Education Workshops / Programs:

- Young Author workshops
- Artists-In-Residence programs
- The Writing Our World workshop
- After school programs
- Summer camps
- Performances
- Teen classes
- Sunday “FunDay” classes

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Address: 2518 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, Illinois , USA
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"Progressive Education in a Nurturing Environment:"

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Elementary Program:

Subjects include:
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East Lake Academy, Lake Forest
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Latin School of Chicago
Courses / Programs
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This academic load is balanced by a wide array of outside opportunities to play sports; be in the Middle School play; participate on a competitive math, science, or chess team; work on the student newspaper; perform in the band or chorus; be a member of student government; do community service; or participate in any number of other activities.

Latin School of Chicago is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
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* Each student takes a core set of courses in mathematics, English, science, social studies, fine arts and physical and affective education.

* Older students then may choose to continue with their Latin study or begin another language: French, Spanish, or Chinese. Computer and technology skills are taught throughout the Middle and Upper School years.
Elgin Academy
Courses / Programs
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Elgin Academy is dedicated to a classical curriculum, the development of high moral character and a true spirit of community. Needs-based financial aid grants to qualifying families; Merit Scholarships for qualifying students applying for 9th Grade.
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- Preschool program
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Adirondack Learning Academy - Accredited Homeschool Online Programs
Courses / Programs
• 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, NCAA-approved study-at-home academic programs to kindergarten, elementary school, middle school & high school students. 

• A homeschool diploma is awarded to high school seniors on successful completion of the program, and an official transcript that states that they have completed the requirements for graduation in their state.

• 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 entrance assistance
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A homeschool diploma is awarded to high school seniors on successful completion of the program