Loyola University Chicago

Preschool

Mission Statement

 

Loyola University Chicago Preschool
A warm, nurturing and safe community of learners.

The mission of Loyola University Chicago Preschool is to cultivate genuine, joyous, and trusting relationships so that children can become enthusiastic lifelong learners as well as kind, thoughtful people. We use a developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum to build on children’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning in order to provide an engaging, fun-filled program that meets the needs of the whole child.
 
We value and respect the needs and strengths of all children and are dedicated to celebrating the individual child while encouraging participation in a collaborative and respectful community.  And, quite simply, we want children to love coming to preschool.

Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist Statement of Commitment

Our program has always been strongly committed to creating an anti-bias and anti-racist community. Through a developmentally appropriate lens, we work with children to increase awareness of biases and to normalize conversations about issues of identity, fairness, and social justice with a specific focus on anti-racism work.  We continuously work to equip children with the foundational skills to recognize prejudice and/or discrimination and to stand up for others as well as for themselves.  
 
We are aware and appreciate that the issues of anti-racism and anti-biases are ever changing.  By listening and learning, we strive to improve our program in this area. We use a number of resources to expand our understanding and knowledge including attending early childhood conferences with a focus on anti-bias issues, staying current with research and literature reviews regarding issues of culture and identity and listening to parents thoughts and concerns.. We are specific and deliberate in our presentation of these issues to children. We explicitly talk about race, gender and class and we work to represent and value both commonalities and differences among children, adults and families through our units of learning and the materials in the classroom environment. Our efforts are on-going, intentional and reflective.