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Early Learning Foundation Preschool

1455 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 787-9021


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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 more

More Information

  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
Other subjects taught spanish lessons

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Early Learning Foundations Preschool, LLC is a small preschool centrally located in the Lincoln Park area. Being so near to the many cultural resources nearby, especially the Farm in the Zoo, walking field trips are a regular treat for our young preschoolers.

ELF is a warm, friendly school. Every staff member knows each child and gives them the individual attention they deserve. We work closely with parents in making a smooth, easy transition from the familiar surroundings of home to the nurturing atmosphere of our school. Our open door policy encourages parents to visit their child and to participate in school activities.

Early Learning Foundations Preschool, LLC is in full compliance with all city and state licensing requirements."

-taken from school website

A Typical Day

"Daily Schedule

7:00 Arrival time - creative play - fantasy playing in housekeeping - games - quiet play with puzzles -manipulative toys - reading books - computer etc. The children are free to choose from these activities.
8:45 Clean-up after playtime
9:00 Spanish lessons
9:30 Prepare for and have snack - varies daily
9:45 Circle time - discussing the topic of the day or the week - language enrichment - teacher leads finger plays and songs - reading stories & acting - calendar & weather
10:15 Small learning groups - developmental learning skills - Arts & Crafts - Music - exercises - water play table - rice and sand table
10:30 Prepare for outdoor play - playground - parks - museums - community visits walking trips - bus trips. During inclement weather, inside activities
11:30 Prepare for and have lunch. Catering services
12:00 Clean-up - story time - quiet time
12:30 Nap
3:00 Wake-up time - clean-up
3:30 Snack
4:10 Circle time - rhythm activities or Art project continued - selective play
4:30 Outdoor play
5:30 - 6:00 Getting ready to leave"

-taken from school website