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Niles Township Community Child Care Center

5255 Main Street
Skokie, IL 60077

(847) 677-0185


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to focus on the whole child by providing quality education to
children ages three to five years old. We are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment that our students and families feel welcome and comfortable to learn in. It recognizes the diverse needs, abilities, interests, and cultures in a setting where each child is valued and respected as a unique individual developing at his/her own rate.

Our preschool environment is a community in which children and teachers work together in a relaxed and happy atmosphere in each of the key areas of development. The curriculum promotes the development of the whole child - physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively through a balanced daily schedule of individual, small group and activity based learning experiences.

We recognize the importance of working closely with families and acknowledge family involvement as an essential and vital component of the total learning process. Families are encouraged to participate in all activities within the program.

A Typical Day

Example of our daily schedule:

Breakfast- Served until 8:30 am and consists of cold cereal, milk or 100%juice and toast.

Circle Time-children sit on the carpet with the teacher and sing finger plays, review the weekly topic, recite the Pledge, choose their jobs for the day, set the weather chart and update their calendar.

Outside Time-Large Motor Skills. 30 min. in the morning and 30 min. in the afternoon are spent every day in our backyard. Children have fun using the playground equipment, riding bikes or playing ball.

Story time-Each day the children will have a story time around the weekly topic. Story time may consist of
a book, puppet show, flannel board story or theatrical presentation.

Group time-The children are divided into smaller groups depending on age and developmental need.
The younger group typically works on memory skills, i.e. colors, shapes, counting, and matching. The older group works on developing skills they will need to assist them in being successful in kindergarten, i.e. letter and number recognition, writing and reading readiness, phonics.

Lunch-Lunch is catered by a local catering company. All meals meet state nutritional requirements. Children are not forced to eat foods they dislike, but are encouraged to take a “try-me-bite”. Food restrictions need to be accompanied by a doctor’s note or religious statement. For vegetarian children, parents are required to bring in
a cooked protein substitute. Meals are served family style.

Nap time-Each child needs to bring their own blanket from home each week. Each child has their own individual cot, labeled with their name. Children not sleeping after 45 minutes may do puzzles or read books on their cot as long as they do not disturb their friends.

Afternoon snack-Snack and juice are offered immediately after resting.

Art project-Each day our students have an art project that is related to the weekly topic. They explore cutting, pasting, painting and many other age appropriate techniques with their teacher guidance.

Learning centers-Children are given a nametag and they make their choices of where they want to play and with whom. Learning centers include such areas as; library, computers, blocks, science, art, home, Lego, etc.

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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on