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Concordia University Early Childhood Education Center

7400 Augusta Street
River Forest, IL 60305

(708) 209-3538


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

As a laboratory school of Concordia University, the Center shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ and focuses on the total growth and development of children. The Early Childhood Education Center provides the University students with the opportunities to observe, participate, and evaluate a variety of experiences with children from birth to age 6 and supports their parents in today’s changing world. The Early Childhood Education Center offers Christ-centered, developmentally appropriate practices. SCEWD Curriculum focuses on the development of social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual skills. Programs are designed to include spiritual and social living, communication arts, expressive arts, wellness and discovery about the world.

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

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Receive newsletters


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year