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Peppermint Stick Children's Center

40 South Whitney Street
Grayslake, IL 60030

(847) 223-0611


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To provide developmental care with frequent and fond attention from staff; a safe and interesting physical environment; the opportunity to socialize with other children and a program of enriching educational experiences. We intend to offer a preschool program that blends prescribed educational activities with opportunities for free choice, that has some structure, but allows children to explore a varied environment.

It is our aim to maximize the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of each child. Each child will be considered as an individual first, then as a group member. Whenever possible, we intend to provide individualized care in a group setting.

Our program will be based on the following tenets:

That each child is unique.
That children can only reach maximal development with quality care.
That children do not always develop at a steady rate, nor is their growth always a smooth process.
That all normal children grow from one stage to another, but no two children go through a stage in exactly the same way or at exactly the same time.
That children develop in four different ways - physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally.
It is our goal to offer a program that encourages each child's growth, by matching the children's needs, abilities and interest with a physical setting and ambience that enriches living experiences. This demands a safe environment, that is at the same time creative and homelike in ambience, while providing sufficient equipment and materials to challenge the child's developing powers - a place that provides abundant opportunities for varied learning and creative endeavors.

Of all the resources available in a child care program, we believe that the people who work with the children are the most important. They make the difference between a good or bad experience for the children. Our staff is expected to create an atmosphere of cooperation, trust, understanding and security, with as little stress as possible. Children are nurtured in a good program, adults and children enjoy each other, listen and talk together.

We believe that:

A good program is relaxed, orderly - basically the same each day, yet flexible enough to take advantage of special events and unplanned teaching moments.
Each child is an individual first, secondly, a member of a group.
To implement our program, we require educated and trained care givers. We maintain that to be truly educated, one must continue to learn. Therefore we are committed to supplementing and refining our own skills, those of the staff, as well as those of the children.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"The daily program will include:

Language arts.
Rhythm activities.
Creative activities.
Fine and gross motor activities.
Self-help skills.
Social skills.
Self-discipline skills.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • 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