Preschool in Ottawa, IL 61350
114 E Jefferson St
Ottawa, IL 61350
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The mission of Ottawa Opportunity School is to serve children and families
in our community by providing a high quality, affordable early childhood
education program and by establishing a working partnership between
family and school.
Opportunity School strives to provide a developmentally appropriate program for
three, four, and five year old children to expand their world with a variety of
materials and experiences and to foster postive relationships with our children and
adults outside the immediate family in a safe and loving environment.
Our program provides an early childhood educational experience to children with
a need; especially children who would not otherwise have the opportunity for
preschool experiences. The school will attempt to serve at least one scholarship
student to each paying student without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national or
Ottawa Opportunity School is regarded as part of the mission program of the First
Presbyterian Church of Ottawa and its outreach program.
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Opportunity School supports the philosophy that children learn
through active engagement with materials, other children, and adults in their
environment. This engagement is structured around play. Play is an essential part
of development through which children can build a positive self image, solve
problems, acquire small and gross motor skills and expand their understanding of
the world. Developmentally appropriate activities such as block building, language
experiences, dramatic play and art, provide experiences that support all areas of
development: physical, social, emotional and cognitive.
We believe that all children are unique with special needs and abilities. We accept
these children as they are and help them to grow and develop. We feel the
children’s self esteem is very important in how they learn and prepare for future
school success. We offer opportunities to gain self worth, competence and
Parents and families play a vital role in their child’s growth and development. We
recognize the family as the child’s first and most important teacher. Working in
partnership with the family is central to our program’s philosophy.