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Bethel Early Learning Center

36 North Grant Street
Westmont, IL 60559

(630) 968-3232


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Bethel Early Learning Center provides a safe, hands-on environment where children's natural curiosity skills are fostered. Our rich-language curriculum will stimulate young minds, strengthen bodies and nurture loving hearts.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

At Bethel Early Learning Center, children explore and learn at their own pace. Carefully designed activities offer ample opportunity for problem solving skill development. Development of socialization skills is a primary focus of all programs as children learn appropriate social and behavioral skills necessary to succeed in today's socially-challenging world.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Spanish is offered as a supplemental program. A certified speech and language pathologist is available for evaluation or consultation.

From the Director:

The Bethel Early Learning Center curriculum incorporates both child-initiated and teacher-directed models of teaching. Children are free to select materials while teachers help children orient to the classroom and explore materials effectively. Our teachers serve as a constant resource for childen, providing necessary structure and language for learning. Teacher intuition guides children on the road to discovery and learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Bethel Early Learning Center is committed to serving all children and to challenge each child at his or her developmental level. Success is measured by participation in our programs, not by individual performance. Additional resources are provided to help all children attain their goals. The director and staff are well-trained in helping children who demonstrate special challenges or gifts.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Bethel Early Learning Center Programs are designed to provide warm, nurturing and Christ-centered surroundings for young children. Our trained staff will strive to ensure that your child feels a sense of belonging in the classroom, knowing that it is a safe, accepting and fun place to play, explore and learn.

A Typical Day

8:45-9:00 Arrival

9:00-9:30 Free Play / Socialization

9:30-10:00 Learning Centers and Circle Time

10:00-10:15 Jesus Time

10:15-10:40 Snack

10:40-11:10 Self-Guided Reading /
Reading Readiness / Writing Skills

11:10-11:30 Stories / Movement Activities

Outdoor Play / Gym Activities

11:30 Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We strongly desire to have parents actively involved in their child's education. Weekly newsletters, e-mails and "homelinks" to learning are regularly provided. Materials designed to foster learning at home are frequenly shared in math, literacy, science and writing. A parent-lending library helps families find the resources they may need to assist in the raising of young families. Parents may enter the classrooms at any time to view their child's participation.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Saying good-bye to mom or dad may be difficult for young children. Some children may go through phases when separation is tough. At Bethel Early Learning Center, parents are encouraged to develop a goodbye routine, keep their good-byes brief, reassure their children that all is well, and then act calmly and confidently as they direct their child to a teacher. The teacher will then act rapidly to get the child involved in fun activities with peers and to assure him or her that they are safe and will be well-cared for at school.