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Classes for children
2½ through 5½ years of age
Kinderhaven Students Get Involved!Compassion Projects: Human beings need to feel that they are essential to the
well-being of the world. This is a basic human need for
mental and emotional health. Children, from an early
age, enjoy knowing that they have “helped” others in
some fashion. We believe in a world where
compassion and giving back are at the very heart;
therefore, “compassion projects” are interwoven
throughout our students’ lives while attending KPA.
Read about our projects!
Why do we do it?
Read about compassion with your
List (8k-1 pg)
Winter / Spring Brochure Pages
WELCOME TO KINDERHAVEN PRESCHOOL ACADEMY!
2012/2013 SCHOOL YEAR
Kinderhaven Preschool Academy is a developmental preschool for
children ages 2 1/2 to 6, licensed by the State of
Illinois. Our approach and curriculum has been influenced
by the preschools of Reggio Emilia and are supported by
short and long term projects that are inspired by the
children’s interests, knowledge of early childhood
development and topics that are generally of interest to
children. Imbedded in these
projects are the tools and opportunities for all children to
develop concepts and skills that will lead to a successful
school experience and desire to learn. Our educators are
dedicated Early Childhood Professionals committed to
upholding our mission and goals. The school follows the
holiday calendar for School District #67 (September – May)
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 self-concept.
- 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.
- Documentation is an integral part of the teaching and
The above core values are seen in every aspect of our
Kinderhaven classes and are fostered at each child’s
developmental level with just enough challenge for him/her to
succeed and grow intellectually, skillfully and socially. We
also offer Enrichment Classes that are designed to promote
specialized skills and concepts in those respective areas.
Our mission: 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.
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, 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.
Using guidelines established by The National Academy of
Early Childhood Programs, we will provide an age appropriate
preschool program for children, 2½ - 6 years of age, in age
specific groupings. Each child will have individual goals
established by the team of parent and staff. Parent
involvement will be encouraged through active participation in
the classroom, monthly parent coffees, chaperoning of field
trips, and attendance at the many family events throughout the
school year. Hurry to get your registrations in now!
What we love about Kinderhaven-
Three things pop into my mind when I think
about our experience with Kinderhaven: Confidence, Critical
Thinking, and Compassion. Dr. Robbins' philosophies (and
those of the teachers she hires), have a common theme of
treating our children with respect, while simultaneously
teaching them to respect others. Students are encouraged to
express themselves confidently, as they explore the world
around them in any way their curiosity carries them. Our son
is thriving in their enriching environment, and he loves it
as much as we do.
-The Marks Family
To parents of preschoolers -
We have never been more confident in our
decision to send all 3 of our children to Kinderhaven
Preschool Academy. The staff is nurturing, committed and
welcomes every child and family with open arms. All of our
children have different personality and learning styles. The
child directed curriculum has been successful with each one
of them and made their first learning experience a joy.
What more could we ask for! Kinderhaven is a
school that continues to help our children have a zest for
life, a compassionate heart and a love for learning.
-Alyssa & Steve Sinclair
What I think makes Kinderhaven unique is that my children
have had the opportunity to have their voices be heard,
really heard. The curriculum is dynamic and based on the
interests of the kids. This is so important because it
empowers the kids as learners, thinkers and doers. They are
actively engaged in shaping their preschool experience
rather than being passive participants in the teacher’s
agenda. This feeling of empowerment combined with the focus
on compassion at Kinderhaven gives them the sense that they
do have the power to make a difference in the world. This is
such a remarkable gift to give young children; one that I
believe will stay with them and continue to influence their
lives in a positive way as they move beyond preschool.
Our family feels fortunate to have the opportunity to
send our daughter to Kinderhaven preschool. As we evaluated
the preschools in the area we noted two things that make it
stand out: First, Kinderhaven's curriculum is influenced by
the preschools of Reggio Emilia where children learn all
about the things they are most curious about- from shoes to
pumpkin seeds. This means the kids get and stay really
engaged! The second thing we like about it is Kinderhaven’s
emphasis on the importance of giving back to less fortunate
communities with their "compassion projects." The children
learn about people that may not have the resources they do
and come up with meaningful ways to help. Kinderhaven
understands and values the difference kids can make in the
lives of others- something we are trying to teach our kids.
They did a pancake lunch and rock n roll show to raise money
for Haiti, and they have raised money for soup kitchens and
As parents we love how friendly and engaged the staff is.
We also love how often they provide updates on what sorts of
things our daughter is learning about. It is a fantastic and
unique school and we are thrilled our daughter is in
-Leslie and Michael Basedow
I visited all of the pre-schools in the area to find the
right fit for my son. After visiting Kinderhaven, I was
truly impressed by the life lessons that the teachers
instill in the students. Kinderhaven is unlike any other
school I have seen. My son is appreciated for his
individuality, and he is encouraged to express himself in
his artwork and class discussions. It is an inspiring place
for the students as well as the parents, and I know that the
experiences and lessons my son learns will carry with him
throughout his life. I only wish that the Kinderhaven school
continued through the eighth grade, because I would love for
my son to continue the Kinderhaven philosophy of education
throughout his grade school years. I am very thankful that
my son has the chance to learn from some of the most kind,
nurturing teachers I have ever met. I would highly recommend
Kinderhaven to anyone who is looking for an outstanding
pre-school experience for their child.
-Jennifer Patt (red class parent)
Listed below is a Parent Handbook, Curriculum Guide,
Registration Form/Department Waiver, Health Form,
Supplementary Information Form, Permission Form, Emergency
Form, Parent Handbook Sign-off, and the Class list permission.
All of these forms are necessary in order for your child to
participate in Kinderhaven.
CHECK LIST OF FORMS NEEDED
PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
1. Birth certificate
2. Physical form
3. Photo permission
4. Walk permission
5. Supplementary form
6. DCFS policies
7. Late pick up
8. Parent Handbook
9. Parent checklist of important
information (will be discussed at parent orientation
evening, but can be found online)
10. Emergency information
11. Class list information and permission form
2012 - 2013 School
*HEALTH FORM: The Health Form needs to be dated no more
than 6 months PRIOR to the beginning of your first
enrollment in Kinderhaven. The health form is good for two
years. The Health Form must be completely filled out
including the Identifying Information (parent fills out),
Health History (parent fills out and signs), Immunization
Record, TB Test and Lead Screening (physician must sign).
**The TB Test and Lead Screening only need to be done
ONCE, but must be indicated on the form with the date and
ALL forms must be complete and handed in prior to your
child’s participation in Kinderhaven.
(60k - 18 pages) Please read the Parent Handbook thoroughly: it will help you
become more familiar with our Philosophy and Goals, Core
Values and give you specific information on our Policies and
Procedures. You will receive another letter during the
summer that will give you specific information regarding the
beginning of the school year, orientation, a school calendar
and upcoming events.
The CURRICULUM GUIDE
(176k - 8 pages) has been written in order to give you information about the
Kinderhaven Curriculum and Approach.