History and Mission

History and Mission

In 1974 Mary Ellen Christy recognized the importance of early education in the life of young children and saw the need for such a program on the Near North Side. In September of that year the door opened with 27 three-year old children in a morning preschool class with a faculty of only three members. Today we now serve 200 children enrolled in 6 different programs based on age and developmental needs and employ a faculty of eighteen.

We are a member of The National Association of Episcopal Schools and are licensed by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. We, however, accept children of all religious and racial backgrounds. Cultural and developmental diversity is a value and it is celebrated in the curriculum. We are committed to the community we serve and offer educational programs to parents, as well as to children.

We provide superior early childhood education with our developmentally appropriate programs for children ages 2-5. Our teachers are highly experienced and most have Master’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education or Child Development.

Our teachers create a safe and caring environment that supports learning. They also do a dynamic job of facilitating learning that incorporates creativity and curiosity.

Each program uses thematic units to support an integrated approach to learning. This approach integrates basic disciplines such as literacy & math readiness, science, music, art, and motor skills.

We celebrate the children’s mind, body and spirit. We are also dedicated to meeting their developmental needs in an exciting and nurturing learning environment. Every child is recognized, valued, and supported by their teachers and peers. This enables all of the children to continue to build their sense of self. At our school children become deeply absorbed in the important business of learning & growing.