Preschool in Grayslake, IL 60030
40 S Whitney St
Grayslake, IL 60030
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Respecting the Past
Peppermint stick has had its roots in the Lake County area since the 1960’s. Two sisters bought a financially troubled little nursery school located in downtown Grayslake. As the area grew a second location was started in 1971 in Round Lake Beach. Today these schools are still serving hundreds of families, some second and even third generations.
The Round Lake and Grayslake schools are owned and operated by a mother daughter team with a combined 40 years of experience working with young children and their families. Our staff average of longevity is 5 years, 3 times longer than the industry average. Currently all programs offered stress the importance of respect and responsibility disguised with some good natured fun. We want the children to feel a sense of belonging to community and family at large. We believe children should receive positive guidance in meaningful ways.
These are both challenging and exciting times in early childhood education. With a continued focus and commitment to serving children and their families and meeting the needs of tomorrow’s families. As a private facility, Peppermint Stick can and will set its own direction. We will do so based on a long history of responding to the needs of the families in our community. Together with the parents, we will guide the next generation of young minds on the path to higher learning.
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To provide developmental care with frequent and fond attention from staff; a safe and interesting physical environment; the opportunity to socialize with other children and a program of enriching educational experiences. We intend to offer a preschool program that blends prescribed educational activities with opportunities for free choice, that has some structure, but allows children to explore a varied environment.
It is our aim to maximize the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of each child. Each child will be considered as an individual first, then as a group member. Whenever possible, we intend to provide individualized care in a group setting.
It is our goal to offer a program that encourages each child’s growth, by matching the children’s needs, abilities and interest with a physical setting and ambience that enriches living experiences. This demands a safe environment, that is at the same time creative and homelike in ambience, while providing sufficient equipment and materials to challenge the child’s developing powers – a place that provides abundant opportunities for varied learning and creative endeavors.
Of all the resources available in a child care program, we believe that the people who work with the children are the most important. They make the difference between a good or bad experience for the children. Our staff is expected to create an atmosphere of cooperation, trust, understanding and security, with as little stress as possible. Children are nurtured in a good program, adults and children enjoy each other, listen and talk together.