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Centre Of Elgin Preschool

100 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120

(847) 531-7000


Our program focuses on fostering your child's independence and provide for social and emotional growth. We encourage creativity through structured and unstructured activities.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our program focuses on fostering your child's independence and provide for social and emotional growth. We encourage creativity through structured and unstructured activities. We have three age groups that our school serves: Each age group builds upon each other. Pre Wee Folks- 2 1/2 year olds Wee Folks- 3-4 year olds Pre K- 4-5 year olds

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Pre Wee Folks- 2 1/2 year olds-Focuses on social skills, listening, and following directions, independance, and small motor skill development. Name recognition, colors/shapes. Wee Folks- 3-4 year olds- Focuses on social, emotional,and small motor skill building. Learn colors/shapes/letters/numbers and first name recognition. Pre K- 4-5 year olds-Focuses on child mastering kindergarten readiness skills; beginning handwriting, letter sounds,math concepts and letter/number recognition. Foster independance, social skills and listening and following directions.

From the Director:

We offer several Plus programs for 3-4 year olds and 4-5 year olds. Our Plus classrooms meet for 30 mintues longer each day and provide for teacher and student small group time. During small group time allows the teacher to work with a smaller group of children on number/letter/color/shape recognition and math concepts.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our school is located in a secure wing of a large recreation center in downtown Elgin. Parents have access to a fitness center, classes, pool, walking track and more. Preschool has five dedicated rooms with private bathrooms. The preschool wing has a gated outdoor playground and access to a small gym.

A Typical Day

Pre K Daily Schedule:


Table Activities (15 minutes)
*small manipulatives
*play dough *coloring

Circle Time (15 minutes)
*Weather Bear
*Sharing Bag/ Discussion of the day’s activities

Introduction of Seatwork (30 minutes)
*Weekly Themes

Snack (15 minutes)

Free Play/Small Group Instruction (45 minutes)

Movement Activities (15 minutes)
*Outdoor playground *small gym

Story Time (15 minutes)


Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We communicate school-wide information with an monthly e-newsletter to all parents. Each class day, instructors communticate to parents by posting outside the classroom door the day's activities such as storys, games, crafts, student leaders, and songs that were sung. Instructors email to parents bi-monthly updates on what is going on in the classroom and informing them of current events.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We offer teacher meet and greets prior to the start of the school year and we also have several open houses for children and parent to attend. We provide extra staff for the younger age groups to help comfort those children who are struggling with separation. Each child's separation anxiety is handled by working with the parent co-operatively.