There are three aspects that truly set us apart from other Peoria child care providers—our people, our curriculum, and our facilities (plus our app!) Let’s take a closer look at each:
State law dictates that early childhood teachers need but a few credit hours in Early Childhood Education (ECE). In plain terms, that’s not good enough for us. Our lead teachers all possess degrees in ECE or a similar field. This ensures that true professionals are guiding your children.
Secondly, we feel stability is important, so we start our teachers at a salary level 27% higher than the norm. This minimizes turnover and ensures we attract and retain professional teachers who are happy and satisfied with their careers.
We use a Reggio inspired, emergent and play-based approach to learning. Aligned with the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines, this curriculum develops as children explore topics that they find interesting, relevant and personally meaningful. This engages children's natural curiosity, allowing them to learn at their own pace and in developmentally appropriate ways. As our children make choices, explore, discover and create through their play, they learn about themselves and the world around them while meeting developmental milestones and building their social and academic skills.
In addition to our regular curriculum, we partner with Communication Junction to offer bi-weekly sign and sing classes. Our Investigators also have weekly Spanish time with Señora Melissa.
Our Peoria infant/toddler playschool is the only one of its kind in the area. We are a smaller childcare center with a more home-like feel. Our playschool facility is modern, safe, and exceptional in every way. We also pay attention to the small details that really add up.
Our indoor and outdoor learning spaces were intentionally designed under the premise that the environment acts as a "third teacher" for the children in our care. We have neutral decor, which creates a calm and inviting space to learn. The layout encourages free mobility and engagement, providing ample space for children to explore, discover, and learn. If that weren't enough, our resources are made from eco-friendly and natural materials.
We also have an app that allows you to be included in your child's day by receiving real-time updates about feedings and changings, as well as pictures of daily activities. You can check in with your child's teachers (and they with you) through the app and are invited to drop in anytime (we have a full open-door policy for parents, and our lead teachers are onsite during “pick-up” time to meet with parents).
Extras for Them (and You)
We include Pampers diapers, wipes, and cream within the cost of tuition. We follow your lead when transitioning children from breast milk or formula (which we will happily store on site) to stage foods and eventually solid foods.