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Concordia Place - Whipple

3300 N Whipple St
Chicago, IL 60618

(773) 463-1600


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Concordia's strong curriculum and certified teacerhs help prepare preschoolers for a life of learning. The Creative Curriculum guides social-emotional, physical cognitive, and language development through play and planned learning experiences. Activities align with the Illinois Early Learning Standards to meet content-based goals, including math, science, literacy, and arts. Field trips provide fun learning adventures.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Concordia Place is a non-profit organization that believes quality programs should not be tied to income. Since our first center opened in 1981, our programs have been shaped specifically to help low-income and working families. Because or our philosophy and sliding tuition scale, our classrooms have a multi-faceted diversity. Children benefit from the varied economic, ethnic, racial and faith backgrounds.

Every day, our licensed children’s programs serve more than 300 young children at our two sites. We provide full-day, year-round early learning and preschool for children 6 weeks through 5 years old. Children ages 6-12 enjoy our after school program and full-day summer camp.

In addition to our licensed programs, children delight in exploring their world through our enrichment classes, such as music and creative movement, where parents can join in the fun too!


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on