"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children.
One is roots. The other is wings." - Hodding Carter
Kinderhaven Preschool Academy is a developmental preschool for
children ages 2 1/2 to 6, licensed by the State of Illinois. We are
located in the Lake Forest Recreation Center Building. Our approach
and curriculum has been influenced by the preschools of Reggio
Emilia, Italy. In our preschool short and long term projects are
developed based on the children's interests in concert with our
teachers' knowledge of early childhood development. Imbedded in
these projects are the tools and opportunities for all children to
investigate concepts and develop skills that will lead to a
successful school experience and enhance their desire to learn. Our
educators are dedicated Early Childhood Professionals committed to
upholding our mission and goals.
Our mission is to provide a warm, nurturing and stimulating
environment designed to promote discovery, creativity, learning and
growth in all areas of development in preschool aged children. To
share with parents the most current information on child
development, so that they may better understand the development and
the education of their preschool child.
Our philosophy and goals are best represented in our core
values. These core values serve as the foundation for our preschool
and include the following:
Children have experiences that
encourage healthy social-emotional development and positive
Children will develop a positive
character, understanding the importance of compassion and respect
for others throughout all aspects of their daily activities.
Learning experiences are holistic
(involving the whole child) and nurturing, challenging and
encouraging children to grow in every aspect of their lives.
Children are provided with
opportunities to develop fundamental skills that serve as a
foundation for future school success, and enhance their desire to
Parents are viewed as vital to their
child's development and partners in their child's education.
Kinderhaven Preschool Academy's fundamental values are based on
an image of the child as being curious, competent, and capable of
co-constructing knowledge. At Kinderhaven Preschool Academy
educators observe, document, and interpret children's thinking,
representational work, and learning. We then endeavor to
understand, support, and extend the children's thinking, theories,
and hypotheses in order to give meaning to their experiences.
To learn more about the only Reggio-inspired preschool in the
Lake Forest/Lake Bluff area contact Dr. Penny Robbins,