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Pilgrim Community Nursery School

460 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

(708) 848-5869


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"As early Childhood Educators Pilgrim Community Nursery School believes:
Early childhood programs should be planned to stimulate the balanced growth of a child: physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually.
Each child has a unique rate of development which should not be hurried or forced. Different levels of development and ability are expected, valued and accepted.
Play is an important part of the early childhood learning experience and should be reflected in the daily schedule. Children learn by doing, imitating, experimenting and questioning.
Young children learn best through self-selected, hands-on experiences and active participation with their environment. An environment rich in sensory motor experiences encourages a child to see and experience more.
Intellectual development should be approached in a developmental manner with emphasis being placed on process rather than product. Language stimulation is an integral part of all experiences provided.
Guidance in an early childhood classroom should include positive reinforcement, firm and consistent procedures and individual group problem-solving which encourages the child to move toward self discipline, independence and responsibility for their actions.
Parents and families are an important part of each child's life and should be actively involved in their child's education.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Daily Schedule
Each classroom follows its same schedule each day. The day is divided into free play time, large motor, group time and snack. The largest amount of time is spent in free play where children may choose to build with blocks, play in housekeeping, use the water table, paint at the easel or participate in the day's special activity. Depending on the weather, the children spend their large motor time either in the gym or on the playground. Group time and snack time are in the classroom.
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 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