Elgin Parent Coop Nursery School

Preschool in Elgin, IL 60123

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240 Standish St
Elgin, IL 60123
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The Elgin Parent Co-Op School is a not-for-profit, parent-owned, parent-run, cooperative school established in 1970. Our school offers a program for children ages three to six that provides an enriching learning experience through creative play under the guidance of a Director, a teacher assistant, and parents as trained staff members.
We are located in a large space in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church on Elgin’s near west side. Parking and the entrance to the school are in the back.

Child Ages:
3 years - 6 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
Department of Children and Family Services
Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 09:00 - 11:15

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Our preschool program has been carefully designed to facilitate the growth of your child in all aspects of his/her well being (socially, emotionally, physically, and mentally) in a caring, respectful environment which allows for freedom of creativity and self-expression.

Even the equipment has been carefully selected or built to aid in your child’s growth. Yet fun is still our main goal – allowing children to be children.

Our play based curriculum includes:

Free Choice Time
A variety of areas for the kids to choose to play in.
Songs and fingerplays during snack and circle time, occasionally playing instruments.
Problem Solving
Science activities include magnets, nature, sand, play-dough, weighing and measuring, observation and cooking.
Fine Motor
Table top and floor puzzles, large variety of manipulatives, art projects.
Creative Art Activities
Paint easels and art projects during free play time.
Gross Motor
Large area to run, jump, ride bikes, slide, climb, or walk a balance beam. Large outside play area used in all seasons.
Quiet Opportunities
Reading area always available.
Together Time
Group time fosters concentration, cooperation, coordination and curiosity.
Language Development
Reading, Journaling, Writing area, typewriter, dramatic play, socializing with other children and adults.
Social &
Emotional Development
Social and problem solving skills are enhanced with support, guidance, and care from everyone in the school.


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