Yes, we are licensed through the Department of Children and Family Services.
Is lunch served? Do you make accommodations for allergies?
Lunch is prepared on-site. Our kitchen is inspected and approved by the Will County Health Department.
How do you communicate with families?
The teachers send out weekly emails that include lesson plans, newsletters, and an overview of what will be covered each week. A monthly center newsletter is also sent out via email and posted on our website. At pick-up time, each teacher will provide a recap of the day and are available for individual questions.
If anything may arise, each parent may email their child’s teacher with questions or concerns at any time. The Director is also available at any time through email, phone, or face-to-face meetings. We have an open door policy and welcome parents to voice any questions or concerns.
what is the classroom student ratio?
The student to teacher ratio in our two’s program is 6 to 1. The maximum student to teacher ratio in our preschool program is 8 to 1.
What is the educational background and years of experience of the teachers and staff?
Our lead teachers have Associates, Bachelors, or Masters Degrees in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Assistant teachers must have early childhood experience. All staff completes 15 hours of early childhood training each year. The average length of service at Little Blessings is 10 years.
How involved are the parents? Are there regular parent-teacher conferences?
Yes, parents may become involved in a number of ways. Teachers ask parents to volunteer in their child’s classroom. Some teachers use mystery readers, others ask parents to stay for the entire session and help with learning centers and other activities of the day. Parents are invited to come and celebrate their child’s birthday. We also use parent volunteers to host classroom parties, help with teacher appreciation events, and/or join our parent advisory board. Parent teacher conferences are offered in the fall and spring, but parents are welcome to request a conference with their child’s teacher at any time.
What kind of play spaces exist?
There is a large gym and recreation room for large motor play during inclement weather. We have a large playground and outdoor space, in addition to an outdoor learning center that is certified by the Arbor Day foundation.
What enrichment classes are offered?
Writing Readiness, Young Artists, STEM, Health and Fitness, Book Club. Our specially trained music teacher provides a weekly music lesson to every preschool, kindergarten, and two’s class.
What if my child has separation issues?
We are trained to help children with separation issues, and during the first weeks of preschool, extra teachers are scheduled to comfort children who are crying. Parents should establish a good-bye routine such as a quick smile and hug good-bye, and then leave quickly. If a parent lingers, the child’s anxiety increases. Separation issues decrease and finally disappear as children bond with their teachers and friends, and they begin to look forward to their time at preschool.
Why does Little Blessings use blended ages?
There are several advantages to this approach. Children do not grow and develop at the same rate. Good teaching requires that we consider each child as an individual as we emphasize one-on-one and small group instruction. There are no limits on what a child is permitted to learn. Older children develop a sense of responsibility through working with younger children, and younger children see a model of what they will become as they learn from their older peers.
Can you describe the two’s program and what a typical day might look like.
A typical day in this program mimics a day in our preschool program with shorter activities that meet the children at their level of learning. This is an introductory program to help get the children acclimated to transition to our preschool program. We offer play based learning, which is guided play that allows the children to connect authentically with the content around them.