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Families Together Cooperative Nursery School

1500 West Elmdale
Chicago, IL 60660

Phone:
(773) 381-5200

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Families Together Cooperative Nursery School provides a nurturing, play-based educational environment in which children thrive and parents are integral to the life of the school. At our core is a commitment to diversity and equity, genuine collaboration between educators, families and children, and a creative and flexible approach to supporting each child’s cognitive, social and emotional growth.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

Families Together Cooperative Nursery School offers children and their parents an outstanding early school experience. Our programs for ages 2.5 to 5 years are play-based and our emergent curriculum offers children a nurturing and stimulating classroom experience. The emergent curriculum is facilitated by teachers who structure the environment but not the process of play.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Families Together Cooperative Nursery School provides a nurturing, play-based educational environment in which children thrive and parents are integral to the life of the school. At our core is a commitment to diversity and equity, genuine collaboration between educators, families and children, and a creative and flexible approach to supporting each child’s cognitive, social and emotional growth.

A Typical Day

Each classroom’s schedule includes:

•circle times that may include group games,
•outdoor play or, during inclement weather, play time in the facility’s gymnasium,
•center time, when students explore the classroom and engage in activities of their choosing, and
•family-style snack time.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year