The UCECP’s mission is to inspire a love of learning by nurturing respect and compassion, challenging children to think deeply and purposefully, and motivating children to work toward a better world.
Our teaching at the Union Church of Hinsdale Early Childhood
Programs is driven by a belief that children learn by active engagement through their play.
We nurture the development of the whole child: emotionally, intellectually, socially, and physically. Our school is influenced by the collaborative and child centered philosophy of the Reggio Emilia curriculum.
As a school specializing in early childhood education, we embrace the concept of collaborative learning to produce creative thinkers who achieve academic accountability through interactive experiences with peers and adults. This is accomplished through meaningful exploration which includes academic principles, social and emotional awareness, and the development of the physical body according to age appropriate milestones. This combination encourages further success at the kindergarten and elementary school levels.
IMPORTANCE OF PLAYFUL LEARNING
Play is a powerful gift to children and essential to their development. Brain research has proven that play promotes neuron growth which lays the framework for lifelong learning.
Child-initiated play facilitates school and life success through its development of:
• Language skills
• Creativity and imagination
• Problem solving
• Physical skills
• Healthy self-esteem
• Academics (Math, Science, and Language Arts)
Hands-on, experiential, playful learning helps children incorporate and understand their world.
HISTORY OF THE UCECP
Union Church created a preschool program in 1955 as part of its community outreach. Over the years, we have grown into the Union Church Early Childhood Programs, which offer programming for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years.
UCECP and the Union Church of Hinsdale have a shared mission to minister to the needs of the whole family within our congregation, our community, our nation, and the world.
The UCECP views family involvement as an essential part of our school. The collaborative effort between families and teachers takes many forms, including, classroom visits, parent committees and volunteering in and out of the classroom. Our school is a community for families both past and present where common values are shared.
Our learning environment is designed to inspire creativity, encourage independence, and support communication. We view every area of our school, including our outdoor spaces, as an extension of the classroom. Throughout our school, you will see learning made visible through documentation of the children’s work and progress.