Early Childhood Education

Child-Centered Curriculum


We want to nurture your child's growth and development through play, teaching basic skills and concepts that will serve as a foundation for lifelong learning.

Our highly-skilled teachers conduct ongoing assessment on every child in our program to make sure we are tailoring instruction to meet your little one’s needs, with the end goal of achieving “kindergarten readiness” by the time they graduate.

Language and Literacy
Your child will develop the building blocks they need to become strong readers and communicators. Each of our classrooms are filled with books by beloved authors and illustrators, and daily circle times and journaling activities will help your little one develop a voice.

We also partner with Jumpstart, a nationwide program that recruits and trains college students to teach literacy skills to preschool students. These individual “corps members” are assigned to different classrooms and make a significant impact on your child’s growth.

STEM
At Erie House, your child will learn basic math and science concepts as they explore the world around them. Individual classrooms explore various science concepts, from learning more about how a seed grows to understanding the four seasons.

Children also engage in center-based learning that frequently supports STEM learning, including number games, exploring shapes, magnetic force and basic building principles.

Socio-Emotional
All children need to feel calm and safe in order to develop to their fullest potential. Our teachers work hard to create classroom environments where each child is valued and encouraged to express their feelings, develop positive self-esteem and make friends. Imaginative play

We also have a clinical psychologist on staff as well as a team of graduate-level interns who provide play therapy. This service play a critical role in helping children overcome adversity and blossom as an individual.

Health
Our Super H-itos initiative introduces children to nutrition and exercise through fun, hands-on activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. Children also have regularly scheduled play in our motor skills room as well as outdoors (weather permitting) in one of our two safe, secure playlots or at local neighborhood parks.

In addition, we serve two family-style meals each day as well as an afternoon snack, all of which meet standards for healthy nutrition.

At-home Connections
Learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day. We make sure you have the tools and resources to support your child’s development at home, too. Parent-teacher conferences, family literacy events and parent newsletters are all geared toward empowering you as your child’s first (and favorite) teacher.

In addition to being accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), we earned the ExceleRate Illinois “Gold Circle of Quality”—the highest designation available—for demonstrating quality according to a set of specific standards for early childhood education.

 

The Basics

Requirements

Ages 2–5; must meet household income requirement and parent(s) must work/attend school at least 20 hrs/wk

Hours

M–F, 7:30 am–5:30pm

Location

Erie Community Center

Contact

Evelyn Corona
ecorona@eriehouse.org
(312) 432-2218

NAEYC

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