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North Park Church Preschool

5250 N. Christiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

(773) 463-0055


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We try to meet the needs of each child - using differentiation, we can meet the needs of all of our students in the classroom.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The purpose of the school is to provide a favorable environment for growth and development of young children. We strive to do this by giving them opportunities for regular association with children in areas especially equipped for them, under the guidance of a trained, competent teacher.

Play is the child's way of learning and growing. At this school, we encourage supervised play without interfering with the child's interests and actions. We establish and enforce simple rules for safety and use of equipment. Teacher-directed activities in art, music, stories and preschool readiness are also a vital part of the program.

Children grow faster and learn more during the first five years of life than at any other time. Thus, it is the responsibility of those who guide young children to provide good learning situations. To this the school is committed.

A Typical Day

Greeting time & table toys
Morning meeting (lesson about themes)
Choice time / art project
Circle time
Gym or playground

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Cooperative program.

North Park Church Preschool is unique, in that it is a cooperative program. Parents are required to become actively involved in the program in the ways listed below. Parent participation is vital to the success of the child's school experience, and this relationship also helps the school continue to keep tuition & operating expenses low.

Parents sign up to help on calendars kept by the teacher. You will sign up for a specified number of days from September through May. If you are unable to assist on your assigned day, it is your responsibility to call another parent in the class and trade days to help.

The day you help is a special day for your child. Before you come, discuss with him/her that you will be there to help all the children. Do not be upset if your child's behavior is different than usual.

Be Prepared to Assist in the following Ways:
*Arrive promptly at 9:00am or 12:30pm. The teacher will tell you what duties you will assume--art, interest centers, etc.
*Enjoy &listen to the children
*Assist the teacher in keeping the equipment in order
*Wipe table before & after snack
*Set out snack & assist children
*Clean floor & carpet
*Clean sink
*Assist with dismissal
*Have fun!

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