ChooChoo Chicago is a in home preschool and daycare welcoming kids from 15 months, or younger if deemed ready, to 5 years of age. We are a junior preschool serving parents in the East Lakeview and surrounding neighborhoods of Chicago. While maintaining our Illinois state group home daycare license, we provide a service with two full-time childcare providers and additional part-time help.
Our focus is on arts and creative movement. We see our program as a child’s first step into the real world of school, friends and social norms. We provide a program in a welcoming and nurturing environment where every child is welcome and their well-being is our main priority. We pride ourselves with a diverse community of families whose first language is often not English, but rather from all over the world. Our cultural differences, love for education and children place us among one of the very unique preschools of East Lakeview.
ChooChoo Chicago offers a creative early childhood curriculum which we explore through play, games, music, creative movement and arts. We expose children to all aspects of developmental needs and we cater to the unique needs of each child and their families. We believe children deserve to be children as long as they can and we encourage that by supporting free play, imagination and outdoor exploration as much as possible. While children learn through creative, self-paced channels, our role as teachers is to guide them in this process and allow them the freedom to express their inner selves. We do believe in structure and discipline which we impose through routine and carefully planned daily activities and various curriculum themes.
A great advantage of an in-home daycare is an intimate setting within a small group of friends and their families; where personal attention, and a feeling of community is our imperative. Your child will love a structured, age-appropriate junior preschool learning, art, and play program among a group of peers.
ChooChoo Chicago is a place where kids play, learn and grow in a home away from home.
Our fun school time activities include:
Creative Movement-- music, yoga, dancing, directed games
Circle Time-- nursery rhymes, finger play, literature
Social norms--self-regulation,independency, table manners, sharing, polite communication
Creative Time--themed arts, crafts, science projects and sensory exploration
Small Motor skills development while playing with blocks, puzzles, sensory bins, play-dough, etc.
Dramatic Play-- free play with friends, costumes and dress up, role play, etc.
Gross Motor skills development--in school play gym, playground and nearby park exploration, filed trips, etc.