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Early Learning Ctr

809 West Kirby Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 359-0300


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To create a nurturing child care environment which promotes the optimal development and learning potential of young children
To provide for physical care, health, and safety
To provide a sound nutritional program
To provide opportunities for each child:
For sensory experiences, cognitive learning, physical activity, and language growth
To stimulate curiosity and exploratory behavior, self-expression, creativity, self-control, and responsibility
To have interactions with caring professionals who understand children's needs while recognizing that individuals are different
To make a successful break from home and family to an atmosphere with trusted adults
To acquire a sense of personal identity and independence
To acquire social skills in a positive emotional climate
To learn appropriate behaviors for group experiences "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Daily Activity Timetable :
7:15 to 9:00 Arrival. Guided activities indoors and outdoors.
9:00 to 9:30 Morning group time, clean-up, toileting, snack.
9:30 to 11:20 Guided activities in learning areas, indoors and outdoors.
11:20 to 11:30 Morning children depart. Clean-up, toileting.
11:30 to 12:30 Lunch. Toileting, hand-washing.
12:30 to 1:00 Children who attend only through lunch time depart. Outdoor play, quiet indoor play, stories, listening to music, browsing through books.
1:00 to 3:00 Nap or rest. Wake up and dressing. Toileting. Listening activities continue for those who are awake. Older children may have a shorter nap and participate in quiet activities.
3:00 to 5:45 Afternoon snack. Guided activities indoors and outdoors. Children leave gradually. Clean up. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website