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Highland Park Community Nursery School & Day Care Center

1850 Green Bay Road
Highland Park, IL 60035

(847) 432-3301


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Community is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing a safe, educational and nurturing environment for young children. We offer a wide variety of affordable part-time and full-time programs for the diverse needs of children and families in Highland Park, Highwood and the surrounding area.
Our play-based philosophy is founded on the following principles:
Respect each child's uniqueness and encourage individual growth
Foster the development of self-esteem, confidence, trust, social competence and a sense of community
Give children the opportunity to make hypotheses, weigh choices, make decisions, express their ideas, collaborate with peers and staff, and refine their thinking
Embrace and value cultural diversity
Work together with parents, School District 112 and other agencies to understand and support each child's individual development
Building on a rich tradition of experienced and highly qualified staff, Community carefully designs developmentally appropriate activities for each of its preschool and day care programs. Community's early childhood programs strive to provide integrated experiences and materials in an enriching environment that foster the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of each child. The curriculum provides a balance of group and individual activities that invite natural curiosity and exploration. The interactive process of learning is facilitated through experiences in art, music, literature, language, math, science, social studies, dramatic play and movement. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website