Philosophy/About Us


Our Educational Philosophy

First Presbyterian Preschool seeks to reveal and nurture the worth and dignity of each child, while fostering physical, social, spiritual, and intellectual development at the child’s own pace.  As a Reggio Emilia-inspired school, we believe that each child is full of knowledge and interests, and thrives as a result of an individual approach to learning. Together, students and teachers explore the world around them, creating learning landscapes where they can reason and construct, shaping their intellectual and social potential.  Sponsored by a Christian church, we share with our children the stories of our religious heritage, and also welcome and engage with the rich diversity of faith traditions in our community.

 

What Makes Us Unique

    • Guided by the Reggio Emilia principles of a child-centered, developmental approach
    • Indoor and outdoor spatial design ideal for learning and exploration
    • Playground nationally recognized as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom
    • A wide selection of scheduling options including number of days per week, half days, full days, and early start
    • Uplifting and engaging chapel services centered around Judeo-Christian principles
    • Carefully monitored child to teacher ratios
    • Teachers compensated for lesson planning, preparation and peer consulting
    • A scholarship offering to maintain a diverse learning environment
    • Strong encouragement of parental involvement
    • Off-duty police officer on-site during school hours

 

Our Curricula

  • Infant stimulation programming
  • High expectations for toddlers with opportunities for motivated growth and development in all core areas
  • Preschoolers viewed as capable learners who have a natural curiosity leading to investigation and higher level learning experiences
  • Kindergartners treated as inspired, wise leaders, inventing, planning and contributing to their own learning as well as the learning of others
  • Dual Language Spanish-English programming beginning in Three Year-Old program
  • Music program taught by teachers trained at world-renowned Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago
  • Certified Holy Yoga instruction for all ages
  • Optional afternoon STEAM programming for extended day and full day students