Curriculum In Action

LPP’s Early Childhood Curriculum places an emphasis on all aspects of a child’s growth and development. Because children possess a natural curiosity of the world around them and are continually seeking out new information, we believe that children experience the joy of discovery and learning for themselves through play and thoughtful teacher guidance.

Created through the incorporation of NAEYC Learning Standards, Illinois Early Learning Standards for Development, and the valued knowledge of LPP staff, our curriculum serves as a guide for the creativity of our teachers. Curriculum objectives are periodically revised utilizing current research in the fields of child development and early childhood education.

Toddlers (16 months- 2 years)

Our Toddler Curriculum places a strong importance on cultivating self-identity through nurturing guidance and exploration. By creating a safe, consistent and welcoming environment, we help to foster curiosity and confidence within the child as they explore the world around them. Each day is enriched with hands-on, discovery-based experiences. Interwoven into their play are opportunities to experience new social and emotional situations, as well as develop language skills, physical milestones and new concepts. All of their experiences throughout the day are supported by warm, knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators, who provide a sense of security through a predictable schedule and smooth transitions.


Preschool (2-5 years)

Designed to support individuality and independence, our preschool curriculum sets the stage for a love of learning.  Each day, our preschoolers have opportunities for open-ended exploration and play. In addition, teachers create authentic, discovery-based experiences where children can find success in their innate curiosity. Along with helping to build a strong academic foundation, we place high value on nurturing social-emotional development. When children are appropriately supported and encouraged to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas, we create an environment where each child is a valued member of the classroom community.


Kindergarten (5-6 years)

Kindergarten is an exciting and important time for children. It is a time to nurture their innate love of learning and curiosity about the world, in order to set the tone for the rest of their formal education. A small class size and exceptional teachers enable LPP to offer a uniquely intimate educational setting and ensure individualized attention for each student. Statistics show that children retain the most information when they actively participate in the learning process. Because of this, we encourage children in the manipulation of concrete objects, support expression of creativity and individuality, and foster positive interaction with peers and adults. With an active curriculum and academic goals based on Illinois State Standards for Kindergarten and First Grade, our program offers a unique approach to academic success.



Interwoven throughout our day is our Spanish Foreign Language Program. Paralleling our philosophy and curriculum, children are immersed in conversational Spanish, music, and hands on, discovery-based activities to foster a foundation and appreciation for the Spanish language and culture. Research suggests that taking advantage of our innate abilities to learn languages at an early age with ease opens up a world of opportunity for children. They will be more flexible at learning other languages and adept at imitating sounds, creating the opportunity for speech that is free of foreign accent. Also, a foreign or second language in early childhood alters the brain’s way of critical thinking and produces higher cognitive function and better communication skills.  It is for these reasons that LPP has a Spanish teacher on staff at every location.



LPP is a 12-month program. During the months of June-August, we shift our attention to the great outdoors and take advantage of the beautiful Chicago summers. During the summer camp portion of the year, children enjoy exploring the Lincoln Park neighborhood as they go on daily outdoor adventures. Walking trips to the parks, the zoo, the farmers’ market, museums and beach are just a few of the adventures to be had. Children may explore with art materials in the park, practice various sports in the grass, explore nature trails and gardens, or enjoy story time in the shade. Children also enjoy picnic lunches twice a week. Along with daily walking trips, field trips are scheduled throughout the summer to provide further exploration of this great city.

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