EARLY LEARNING LAB

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The purpose of this program is to equally benefit parents and children by providing one–to–two days per week of fun and learning in a safe, stimulating and loving environment that promotes a variety of skills and social relationships. This program provides children with the beginning steps to knowing themselves as a learner and as a member of a group.  Children are able to work through transitions and sharing so that they are better prepared for learning in a group setting. Teachers help children and parents work through separation.

PROGRAM FOCUS

Infants
Imagine walking into a classroom and hearing your infant shriek with excitement as they put their hands on different textures; or the joy on your infant’s face after making a masterpiece out of paint using their entire body.  This is what makes the Infant Early Learning Lab different.

We strive to make a difference in your child’s life from the beginning.  We consider your infant part of our family as they begin their journey through our programs.

Toddlers
Toddlers learn to explore the classroom in a creative and artistic way. Teachers in the Toddler Early Learning Lab stimulate children’s thinking, imagination and curiosity with a variety of amazing art experiences. You may see children: painting on a drum, using paper mache, creating natural material dioramas, engaged in light and color play, growing grass in the literacy sensory table, playing with dirt, exploring ice and rocks or exploring facial features with photo collage

DAYS AND TIMES

Offered 5 days per week 9:15 – 2:00
You can pick as many or as few days as you like

(Infant Classroom minimum age: 26 weeks -14 months and walking)
(Toddler Classroom minimum age: 14 months and walking — 24 months)

The Early Learning Lab program includes time to eat lunch with friends, story time, nature walk and a specific focus.

TUITION AND REGISTRATION

  • Monday:$225 per month
  • Tuesday:$230 per month
  • Wednesday:$230 per month
  • Thursday:$230 per month
  • Friday:$225 per month

Registration is $120 for the first child and $75 for the second child. This registration fee covers all processing expenses. Fees include a supply charge for consumable items that are used within the classrooms. The registration fee is non-refundable and due at time of registration.

Tuition is collected a month in advance.
Members of the Union Church of Hinsdale receive a 10% discount on tuition.

CLASSROOM SIZE

The Union Church Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Illinois. We follow the teacher-to-child ratio mandated by the state.

Infant Classroom: (6 weeks -14 months and walking) — 4 children with
1 teacher and a shared infant/toddler Float.

Toddler Classroom: (14 months and walking – 24 months) — 5 children with 1 teacher and a shared infant/toddler Float.

STAFF

Desi Gurrola
“Working my various positions at UCECP comes with different rewards everyday —whether it’s with our amazing teachers, the parents, or the wonderful inquisitive children — they make my heart smile!”

Selene Osaris
“As a teacher I have the opportunity to embrace each child as they explore and learn every day.”

Laurel Usalis
“I really love what this program does for our children and how they learn through play and different experiences. It is such an amazing way to learn and become children of the future.”

Michelle Waters
“It amazes me to see young children progress through play. Their imagination takes off and naturally, they have the ability to extend their interest through the activities that are provided to them.”

MOTHER TODDLER

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This program provides a shared experience for mother and toddler and a chance for each to interact with their own peer groups. The toddler is introduced to a classroom setting while interacting with his/her mother during the first few weeks of the program. Gradually, with the mother’s and teacher’s encouragement, the toddler will separate from his/her mother for a portion of the class time. The mothers will then meet with a facilitator for weekly discussions on topics such as parenting techniques, behavioral issues, health and family. Many women have formed lasting friendships through this program, and the toddlers will meet children that they may attend school with for years to come.

PROGRAM FOCUS

This program focuses on the following goals:

• To provide a loving, caring environment that builds trust through connections and on-going communication with the child and
their family    

• To create an atmosphere where children are provided with an environment that encourages them to become curious learners while developing the ability to be part of a classroom community.

• To facilitate children’s independence and self-help skills

• To assist in language acquisition and development

• To tap into the collective experience of the adult group to help hone parenting skills through group discussion

DAYS AND TIMES

1 day per week  9:00 – 10:30
(minimum age: 15 months by September 1)

Classes meet:
Mondays OR Tuesday

TUITION AND REGISTRATION

Mondays OR Tuesday: $160 per month

Registration is $120 for the first child and $75 for the second child. This registration fee covers all processing expenses. Fees include a supply charge for consumable items that are used within the classrooms. The registration fee is non-refundable and due at time of registration.

Tuition is collected a month in advance.
Members of the Union Church of Hinsdale receive a 10% discount on tuition.

CLASSROOM SIZE

The Union Church Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Illinois. We follow the teacher-to-child ratio mandated by the state.

The Mother Toddler program has two teachers for every 10 children. This ratio meets the requirements established by the state and provides your child with the best learning experience.

STAFF

Heather Gordon
“I enjoy celebrating the many milestones children reach as they develop and grow. Helping families connect with their children during these stages and appreciate the many facets of their children’s learning is rewarding.”

Carissa Kapcar
“They may forget what you said, but they'll always remember how you made
them feel”

Katie Szafarczyk
“I love watching the programs of UCECP spark a joy and passion for learning in the hearts of our young children.”

MOTHER CHILD

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This program is extraordinary in its long and strong history of providing a safe and enjoyable learning experience for both mother and child. The children’s growth areas include thoughtful separation from mother, social interaction, awareness of others, conflict resolution and early language development. While the children are engaged in the classroom activities, the mothers are meeting in their own space with an experienced group facilitator. The group discuss topics that hone their parenting skills, help them balance self with mothering and contribute to their awareness that they are not alone. The role of mother can be an isolating one — Mother Child has successfully reduced that isolation for hundreds of women over more than three decades.

PROGRAM FOCUS

  • To provide a loving, caring environment that builds trust through connections and on-going communication with the child and their family
  • To create an atmosphere where children are provided with an environment that encourages them to become curious learners while developing the ability to be part of a classroom community.
  • To facilitate children’s independence and self-help skills
  • To facilitate children’s ability to form positive relationships with peers
  • To provide on-going, engaging opportunities for early language development
  • To tap into the collective experience of the adult group to help hone parenting skills to create a network of support through group discussion

DAYS AND TIMES

1 day per week 9:00 – 11:00 (minimum age: 2 years old by September 30)

Wednesday OR Thursday

TUITION AND REGISTRATION

Wednesday OR Friday: $175 per month*
*(children enrolled in our 2’s Preschool receive a significant discount)

Registration is $120 for the first child and $75 for the second child. This registration fee covers all processing expenses. Fees include a supply charge for consumable items that are used within the classrooms. The registration fee is non-refundable and due at time of registration.

Tuition is collected a month in advance.
Members of the Union Church of Hinsdale receive a 10% discount on tuition.

ENHANCEMENTS

Based upon the varied needs of your child and family, we offer an option to extend and enrich the day for your child. This program is for your child only and includes lunch with friends, story time, nature walk and a specific focus.

EARLY LEARNING LAB
• Extending your child’s day until 2:00 available: Tuesday – Friday

Wednesday: $100 per day per month
Friday: $100 per day per month

CLASSROOM SIZE

The Union Church Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Illinois. We follow the teacher-to-child ratio mandated by the state.

The Mother Child program has two teachers for 11 children. This ratio meets the requirements established by the state and provides your child with the best learning experience.

STAFF

Beth Bozeman
“It is an honor to work with the UCECP. My life is enriched by the time spent with the families here.”

Monica Chicarelli
“My goal when teaching the children is to inspire them to be involved, ask questions, and grow a deep passion for learning.”

Katherine Heine
”My favorite thing about teaching is engaging in creative and innovative play, it truly makes life more joyful!”

2’S PRESCHOOL

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This program provides children with the beginning steps to knowing themselves as a learner in a group setting. Children are supported as they work through transitions and sharing so that they are better prepared for the dynamics of community learning. Teachers help children and parents work through separation. The daily schedule includes: gross motor and free choice play, group time with songs and stories, snack, and process-oriented art explorations.

PROGRAM FOCUS

• To provide a loving, caring environment that builds trust through connections and on-going communication with the child and their family
• To create an atmosphere where children’s learning, aligned with the Common Core, are achieved through dynamic and unique play experiences
• To facilitate children’s independence and self-help skills.
• To develop and assist in language acquisition
• To provide on-going, engaging opportunities for language, early literacy and pre-writing development
• To tap into basic math, literacy, and science concepts that children can build on throughout their preschool experience
• To involve children in daily art explorations with a variety of open-ended materials including watercolor, paints, clay, recycled materials and more

DAYS AND TIMES

2’s PRESCHOOL:  2 days per week  9:15 – 11:15
(minimum age: 2 years old)

Classes meet:
Monday and Wednesday
OR
Tuesday and Thursday

TUITION AND REGISTRATION

Monday and Wednesday: $215 per month
OR
Tuesday and Thursday: $220 per month

Registration is $120 for the first child and $75 for the second child. This registration fee covers all processing expenses. Fees include a supply charge for consumable items that are used within the classrooms. The registration fee is non-refundable and due at time of registration.

Tuition is collected a month in advance.
Members of the Union Church of Hinsdale receive a 10% discount on tuition.

ENHANCEMENTS

2’s BOOST! FULL DAY Friday: adding a full day 9:15 – 2:00
Friday: $185 per month

This program includes free play, large group, gross motor play, nature walks and lunch with friends.  This class will focus on the specific developmental skills of the older 2 year old.

Extended Day:  extending the 2’s Preschool day until 2:00
Tuesday — Friday 1:00: $65 per day
Tuesday — Friday 2:00: $100 per day

CLASSROOM SIZE

The Union Church Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Illinois. We follow the teacher-to-child ratio mandated by the state.

The 2’s Preschool has three teachers for 16 children. This ratio surpasses the requirements established by the state and provides your child with the best learning experience.

STAFF

Sara Koudelka
“I love to see when a child makes a first connection with a concept and the way their face lights up is so rewarding.”

Nicole Schaefer
“After teaching 3rd-6th grade for several years, I am excited to be working in the 2’s program at UCECP! I love the curiosity and genuine joy for learning that takes place at this age. The UCECP does such a wonderful job cultivating this love for learning and turning our children into life-long learners.”

Paula O’Neil
“My favorite aspect of teaching is seeing children grow and develop through hands-on learning.”

3’S PRE-KINDERGARTEN

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

This program embraces many facets of the developing child. Free choice play is a key part of our day. It is during this time that children learn to interact with their peers by sharing, using their “words” to communicate their needs, wants and feelings, and to choose freely from among several learning centers which provide academic challenges, creative outlets, fine motor skill-building, literacy activities, sensory experiences, science exploration and dramatic play.

PROGRAM FOCUS

  • To foster healthy social-emotional development by offering a warm, interesting, engaging and safe environment in which all children feel comfortable
  • To facilitate rewarding large group activities in an effort for children to recognize their own ability to control themselves during a group experience
  • To engage children in thought-provoking small group academics

DAYS AND TIMES

3’s PRESCHOOL:
5, 3 OR 2 days per week 9:00 – 11:30 (minimum age: 3 years old by September 30)

Classes meet:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
AND/OR
Tuesday and Thursday

TUITION AND REGISTRATION

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: $330 per month
AND/OR
Tuesday and Thursday: $240 per month

Registration is $120 for the first child and $75 for the second child. This registration fee covers all processing expenses. Fees include a supply charge for consumable items that are used within the classrooms. The registration fee is non-refundable and due at time of registration.

Tuition is collected a month in advance.
Members of the Union Church of Hinsdale receive a 10% discount on tuition.

ENHANCEMENTS

BIG DAY

Based upon the varied needs of three year-olds and their families, we offer Big Day to extend and enrich the day for your child. The Big Day Program includes lunch with friends, free choice play, and enrichment activities. Big Day is offered on a day-to-day basis.

• Extending a 3’s Preschool day until 2:00 available: Tuesday – Friday
$135 per weekday per month

CLASSROOM SIZE

The Union Church Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Illinois. We follow the teacher-to-child ratio mandated by the state.

The 3’s Preschool program has three teachers for 20 children. This ratio surpasses the requirements established by the state and provides your child with the best learning experience.

STAFF

Gayle Borel
“My favorite aspect of teaching is witnessing the joy of discovery in a child’s eyes.”

Gayle Bueser
“I love to see the growth and development the children in our school make from year to year. There are also some wonderful friendships built here not only for the children but for their families as well.”

Laura Heins
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery” by Mark Van Doren

Jennifer Hickerson
“I enjoy being a part of the discoveries my students make during their time in three’s preschool.”

Wendy Murphy
“I really love what this program does for our children and how they learn through play and different experiences. It is such an amazing way to learn and become children of the future”

Beth Sauders
Before joining the UCECP in 2011, Ms. Sauders taught child development courses for four years at the high school level.

4’S PRE-KINDERGARTEN

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

This program is designed to prepare your child for Kindergarten through cooperative and imaginative play and by enhancing their awareness of the outside world. Children prepare to tackle new challenges through problem solving, listening and accepting responsibility. Opportunities are provided to increase verbal and comparative skills, enhance socialization, develop motor skills and build self-esteem.

PROGRAM FOCUS

  • Fostering independence, problem-solving, and self-help skills through structured daily routines
  • Offering age-appropriate, challenging academic activities in the areas of language & literacy, math, science, & social studies aligned with Common Core Standards & Illinois Early Learning Standards
  • Supporting physical development through stimulating fine & gross motor activities
  • Utilizing both large and small group to provide opportunities for collaborative learning
  • Promoting self awareness as a tool to further foster self-regulation, social and interpersonal skills necessary to thrive in a lively, cooperative kindergarten classroom
  • Inviting children to explore their interests through an emergent curriculum

DAYS AND TIMES

5 days per week 8:45–11:45 (minimum age: 4 years old by September 30)

Classes meet:
Monday — Friday (There are two sessions of 5-day 4’s Pre-Kindergarten.)

TUITION AND REGISTRATION

Monday — Friday: $470.00 per month

Registration is $120 for the first child and $75 for the second child. This registration fee covers all processing expenses. Fees include a supply charge for consumable items that are used within the classrooms. The registration fee is non-refundable and due at time of registration.

Tuition is collected a month in advance.
Members of the Union Church of Hinsdale receive a 10% discount on tuition.

ENHANCEMENTS

BIG DAY
Based upon the varied needs of four-year olds and their families, we offer Big Day to extend and enrich the day for your child. The Big Day Program includes lunch with friends, free choice play, and enrichment activities. Big Day is offered on a day-to-day basis.

• Extending a 4’s Pre-Kindergarten day until 2:00 available: Tuesday – Friday

$135 per weekday per month

CLASSROOM SIZE

The Union Church Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Illinois. We follow the teacher-to-child ratio mandated by the state.
The 4’s Pre-Kindergarten program has two teachers for 20 children. This ratio provides your child with the best learning experience.

STAFF

Cyndi Breslow
“Working at UCECP brings such joy to my life seeing the smiles on the children’ faces every day. I love watching them learn and discover things.”

Dena Brockob
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” -Confucius

Allie Cook
“Being a part of each student’s journey and watching how much they learn throughout a school year…that is my favorite part of being a teacher.”

Nancy Parenti
“I feel like each day is a rewarding adventure with preschool children.”

Mary Beth Wegner
“I enjoy offering them a variety of provocative materials that challenge their creativity and problem solving skills.”

5’S PRE-KINDERGARTEN

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

This program is designed for children who do not meet the public school cut off for Kindergarten enrollment but still have birthdays in the fall. Since all of the children in the program are older we are able to specifically reach each child’s developmental needs. We developed the curriculum for the Pre-Kindergarten program by focusing on the Common Core Standards and communicating with District 181 Kindergarten teachers. During the school year, the class focuses on project based learning and concentrates on experimentation, with the children acting as researchers. Our goal is to meet children at their individual stages of development and challenge them to rise to the next level.

PROGRAM FOCUS

Academic Skills: Number recognition, Self-help skills, Phonemic awareness, Fine/gross motor skills, Letter recognition, Basic color and shape recognition

Social/Emotional Skills: Ignore distractions, Working in a group, Patience with others, Manage time, Being curious, Following directions

DAYS AND TIMES

5 days per week 9:00 –12:00
(minimum age: 5 years old by December 1 or December 31 with recommendation)

Classes meet:
Monday — Friday

TUITION AND REGISTRATION

Monday — Friday: $475.00 per month

Registration is $120 for the first child and $75 for the second child. This registration fee covers all processing expenses. Fees include a supply charge for consumable items that are used within the classrooms. The registration fee is non-refundable and due at time of registration.

Tuition is collected a month in advance.
Members of the Union Church of Hinsdale receive a 10% discount on tuition.

ENHANCEMENTS

BIG DAY
Based upon the varied needs of five year-olds and their families, we offer Big Day to extend and enrich the day for your child. The Big Day Program includes lunch with friends, free choice play, and enrichment activities. Big Day is offered on a day-to-day basis.

Extending a 5’s Pre-Kindergarten day until 2:00 available: Tuesday – Friday
Tuesday — Friday: $135 per weekday per month

CLASSROOM SIZE

The Union Church Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Illinois. We follow the teacher-to-child ratio mandated by the state.

The 5’s Pre-Kindergarten has one teacher for 10 children. This ratio established by the state provides your child with the best learning experience.

STAFF

Sue Nunamaker
Ms. Nunamaker has been in the field of early childhood education since 1992. “I look forward to challenging this very special age group.”

Laura McBrien
“I enjoy watching the smiles on the children’s faces as they gain a sense of accomplishment.”

KinderBOOST!

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

This half-day program supplements your child’s Kindergarten school day. KinderBoost! is designed to give Kindergarteners an academic “boost” by providing challenging academic activities aligned with the Common Core Standards. Recreation and socialization provide a healthy balance in the curriculum. Children participate in structured learning time through small group activities, free-play and outdoor large motor play. Each day, different activities are offered so that children can attend the program for as many as four days or as few as one. Every class includes play time inside and out, large group and small group work. Class focus is on literacy, science and mathematics using games, experiments, studies, worksheets and projects. “Boost!” curriculum is paralleled with goals that District 181 uses throughout the Kindergarten year. Special emphasis on asking questions similar to those asked on the PARCC test.

PROGRAM FOCUS

SEPTEMBER – 5 SENSES: Know the 5 sense, How 5 senses help you learn, What body parts are used, Understanding object properties

OCTOBER — OUTER SPACE: Meet the planets, Space travel and time, Constellations, The moon and sun

NOVEMBER — IDENTITY: What shapes identity, Families and roots, Does identity change, Environment

DECEMBER — GIFT OF GIVING: Humanitarian focus, Impact, Why and how we give, Wants vs. Needs

JANUARY — AQUATIC LIFE: Oceans and lakes, Swamps, Rivers, Ponds

FEBRUARY — ARCHITECTURE: Geometric shapes, 3d forms, Size differences, Technology and influences

MARCH – HOW WE GROW: Plants, Animals, People, Compare and contrast

APRIL — AROUND THE U.S.A.: Symbols, Traditions/culture, States, Fun facts

MAY — COOKING: Measurement, Team work, Exploring new foods, Healthy choices

DAYS AND TIMES

2 OR 4 days per week (minimum age: 5 years old)
Tuesday – Friday 9:00-12:00 OR 11:45-2:45

The KinderBOOST! program includes time to eat lunch with friends, story time, nature walk and a specific focus and is designed as an enriching and fun extension to Kindergarten.

Classes meet:
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00-12:00
OR
Tuesday – Friday: 11:45-2:45

TUITION AND REGISTRATION

Tuesday: $120 per month
Wednesday: $120 per month
Thursday: $120 per month
Friday: $120 per month

Registration is $120 for the first child and $75 for the second child. This registration fee covers all processing expenses. Fees include a supply charge for consumable items that are used within the classrooms. The registration fee is non-refundable and due at time of registration.

Tuition is collected a month in advance.
Members of the Union Church of Hinsdale receive a 10% discount on tuition.

CLASSROOM SIZE

The Union Church Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Illinois. We follow the teacher-to-child ratio mandated by the state.

The KinderBOOST! program has one teacher for every 10 children. This ratio meets the requirements established by the state and provides your child with the best learning experience.

STAFF

Jennifer Hickerson
Ms. Hickerson has been with the UCECP for over 15 years. Ms. Hickerson has been a part of the development of this program from the very beginning stages