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Hinsdale Community Preschool

415 W 8th St
Hinsdale, IL 60521

(630) 325-7484


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"HCP�s academic program has been based on the research showing that children learn through play. Our curriculum implements comprehensive, engaging and developmentally appropriate practices consistent with the Illinois State Standards to foster the development of the �whole child�. At HCP, we believe that a play-based curriculum enables children to develop cognitively, physically, emotionally and socially.
Our goals for the children include, but are not limited to, the following:
To foster self-esteem, independence, problem solving and the first steps in life long learning;
To provide opportunities for peer interaction through social experiences and dramatic play;
To provide a literacy rich environment which will include the early stages of reading, writing, math and science;
To provide hands on activities and experiences which foster development across all domains.
Our goals for the parents are:
To create a partnership with teachers and parents guiding your children through these first steps of learning away from home;
To promote parental understanding of children�s needs and style of learning through participation in the school experience;
To enhance their understanding of early childhood development and education and a variety of other topics by making relevant reading materials available.
HCP was founded and is operated as a parent cooperative. Being part of a parent preschool can be one of the most fulfilling experiences of your life as a parent. As a parent, you will:
Gain first hand knowledge of your child�s style in both learning activities and social experiences;
Initiate a strong, positive connection between home and school, which is vital to your child in years to come;
Enter into a social network that is enjoyable and beneficial for both parent and child.
We believe that children learn best when they are actively participating in hands-on, interactive experiences. In the classrooms, you see children that are busy moving about, exploring, talking, creating, and actively involved in meaningful experiences. From these experiences, and the variety of age and developmentally appropriate materials, the following are just a few of the many skills across each domain of development that the children encounter during their time in class.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"3 years old typical day
Arrival (9:00 or 12:30):
Free Choice Time (9:00-10:15 or 12:30-1:45): The children can freely move about the classroom and participate in a variety of self-selected activities in each area of the room, including the following:
Block Area
Dramatic Play
Literacy Corner
Math and Science Area
Fine Motor
Art Area
Sensory Bin
Clean-up Time (10:15-10:30 or 1:45-2:00)
Rug Time (10:30-10:45 or 2:00-2:15)
Snack Time (10:45-11:00 or 2:15-2:30)
Outdoor Play (11:00-11:15 or 2:30-2:45)
4 years olds
Arrival (9:00 or 12:30)
Calendar Time (9:10 or 12:40)
Free Choice Time (approximately 9:20-10:20 or 12:40-1:40): The teachers work diligently to rotate the materials in the classroom to reflect and reinforce the weekly theme, concepts, and interests and development of the students. The room is divided into various areas for the children to freely select where they would like to work and explore. The room includes:
Art Table
Creative Table
Game/Small Manipulative Table
Playdough Table
Recess bin
Block Area
Dramatic Play Area
Clean-up, �library time�, and opportunity for bathroom use before outdoor play (10:20-10:45 or 1:40-2:00)
Rug Time (10:45-11:00 or 2:15 to 2:30)
Outdoor Play (11:00-11:15 or 2:30-2:45)"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

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 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 is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year