1400 West August Blvd, Chicago, IL 60642
773-969-5512
nortiz@nush.org

Program

Our Approach

We integrate responsive care into a research-based curriculum known as the “Creative Curriculum,” which is aimed at developing Social-Emotional, Physical, Cognition, Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts, and English Language Acquisition skills. Our balance of learning and play prepares children for preschool, kindergarten and beyond.

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Philosophy

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Goals and Expectations: Our goal is to prepare children and families for academic success through a comprehensive school readiness plan that was created in conjunction with kindergarten teachers.
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Formula for Success
Curriculum: We provide a variety of activities that support our school readiness goals which include Language, Literacy and Physical development. Children are assessed quarterly and individualized goals are created for each child.
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Social/Emotional: Children are guided by a strength based approach to self awareness, establishing and sustaining positive relationships.
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Curriculum

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We use Teaching Strategies GOLD Curriculum aimed at school readiness in order to best support children. GOLD is used as a developmentally appropriate early childhood assessment tool, based on 38 research-based objectives that include predictors of school success and are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, state early learning guidelines, and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. These help teachers focus on what matters most for children’s success.  Children in the preschool program are assessed multiple times per school year tracking growth and attainment.
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90% of our children enter Kindergarten meeting or exceeding developmental milestones.

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2 Year-Old

Curriculum for 2 year-olds in our program focuses on Social-Emotional and Physical development. These skills form the solid foundation on which children will build throughout their education. We have a comprehensive program, however, it focuses more on:
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Social—Emotional

  • Regulates own emotions and behaviors
    • Manages feelings
    • Follows limits and expectations
    • Takes care of own needs appropriately
  • Establishes and sustains positive relationships
    • Forms relationships with adults
    • Responds to emotional cues
    • Interacts with peers
    • Makes friends
  • Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations
    • Balances needs and rights of self and others
    • Solves social problems

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Physical

  • Demonstrates traveling skills
  • Demonstrates balancing skills
  • Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills
  • Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination
    • Uses fingers and hands
    • Uses writing and drawing tools

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3-5 Year-Old

Curriculum for 3-5 year-old students places an emphasis on Cognitive, Literacy and Math skills, which are essential for kindergarten preparedness.
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Cognitive

  • Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
    • Attends and engages
    • Persists
    • Solves problems
    • Shows curiosity and motivation
    • Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking
  • Remembers and connects experiences
    • Recognizes and recalls
    • Makes connections
  • Uses classification skills
  • Uses symbols and images to represent something not present
    • Thinks symbolically
    • Engages in sociodramatic play

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Literacy

  • Demonstrates phonological awareness
    • Notices and discriminates rhyme
    • Notices and discriminates alliteration
    • Notices and discriminates smaller and smaller units of sound
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet
    • Identifies and names letters
    • Uses letter—sound knowledge
  • Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses
    • Uses and appreciates books
    • Uses print concepts
  • Comprehends and responds to books and other texts
    • Interacts during read-alouds and book conversations
    • Uses emergent reading skills
    • Retells stories
  • Demonstrates emergent writing skills
    • Writes name
    • Writes to convey meaning

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Mathematics

  • Uses number concepts and operations
    • Counts
    • Quantifies
    • Connects numerals with their quantities
  • Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes
    • Understands spatial relationships
    • Understands shapes
  • Compares and measures
  • Demonstrates knowledge of patterns

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Schedule

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A child’s day consists of a variety of activities including self-selected play, circle time, story time, music and movement along with focused learning activities. Although our schedule is not “set in stone,” the table below shows the structure of what our day may look like as we know that children develop better when there is consistency.

Full Day Program: 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

7:00-7:50 Arrival / Health Check / Handwashing
7:50-8:20 Large Motor Activities
8:20-8:40 Handwashing and Breakfast
8:40-9:10 Tooth brushing / Toileting / Handwashing
9:10-9:20 Group Time and Transition to Free Choice
9:20-10:20 Free Choice and Small Groups
10:20-10:30 Story Time
10:30-11:00 Gross Motor (Indoor or Outdoor)
11:00-11:45 Handwashing / Table Setting / Lunch
11:45-12:30 Tooth brushing, Flossing, Toileting, and Handwashing
12:30-2:30 Nap Time
2:30-2:45 Toileting and Handwashing
2:45-3:00 Snack
3:00-3:20 Group Time and Planning
3:20-3:35 Free Choice and Small Groups (Math Focused)
3:45-4:30 Gym
4:30-5:00 Manipulatives
5:00-5:30 Calming Activities and Departure

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Teachers & Staff

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Linda McLaren
Director of Youth Services
lmclaren@nush.org

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Nicole Ortiz
Health Aide
nortiz@nush.org

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Carmen Garay
Family Worker
cgaray@nush.org

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Irais Galvan
Office Assistant
igalvan@nush.org

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Hermelinda Arias
Teacher

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Mireya Jaime
Para-Professional

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Richard Hughes
Kitchen

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Jaclyn Sypniewski
Teacher Aide

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Maria Juarez
Teacher Aide

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Cecilia Maldonado
Teacher

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Perla Ramos
Teacher Aide

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Irma Rodriguez
Teacher

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Rekha Singh
Teacher

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Arit Vazquez
Teacher

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Ana Yanez
Parent Involvement Specialist

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Gabrielle Warren
Teacher

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Claudia Gil
Teacher

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Leticia Garcia
Teacher Aide

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Latonya Roberts
Teacher

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Leticia Hernandez
Teacher Aide

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