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Palos Park Episcopal Daycare

12219 S 86th Ave
Palos Park, IL 60464

(708) 361-4066


The purpose of the Palos Park Episcopal Daycare and Learning Center is to provide your child/children with positive learning experiences in a caring and safe environment.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We are a religious based program, although all children and families of any race, creed, or religion are welcome. Our center focuses on providing opportunities for building individuality and self-respect, as well as introducing community values in a spiritual environment.

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 Sign Language, Spanish, Chapel time, Health and Safety, and Music and Movement (includes yoga, etc.) Children 3 years and up go on local field trips. Our school-age (wrap around) program also take field trips in the summer, and have daily lessons after school.

From the Director:

We are a play-based program that uses the Creative Curriculum program in the classrooms. Although we are not accredited by NAEYC, we subscribe to their philosophy and maintain quality as recommended by them. Each child receives a portfolio for the year full of observations, graphs, family input, and teacher evaluations. Our center enjoys a lot of hands-on art, and showcases this art at an annual art fair during Week of the Young Child each year.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our staff all meet DCFS requirements, as well as are all CPR and First Aid trained. Our Lead teachers are college-educated and trained, our Assistant teachers have ongoing training and are experienced with children. Our first requirement for all staff requires them to enjoy children and be warm and accepting of all.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Build individuality and self-respect.
Prepare children for school through hands-on experiences.
Encourage responsibility.
Meet the social and emotional needs of the child.
Provide opportunities for physical development.
Promote health and safety.
Introduce community values in a spiritual environment.
The center is governed by a l0 member board that meets monthly to help guide and set policy."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Our center offers "specials" daily that include chapel time, Spanish, Sign Language, Health and Safety, and Music and Movement. In addition to the specials, each classroom follows the Creative Curriculum goals and objectives for each age group.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a terrific Parent's Behind Children support group that plans activities, fund-raisers, and encouragement for our staff and parent community.
All parents are encouraged to help in PBC, as well as throughout the year by filling out a PBC questionnaire and signing up for activities or other events.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We offer a Parent Orientation at the beginning of the school year and then offer the "Dog Days" where children are invited to an abbreviated day to come in and get to know our program and staff before they begin.