Kinderhaven Preschool Academy

Lake Forest, Ill.


400 Hastings Rd.
Lake Forest, Ill. 60045


"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 selfconcept.

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 learn.

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, 847-810-3947.


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