“We continue to be in awe of (our son’s CCP Pre-K) teachers, and our daughter’s CCP Preschool class teachers, for the patience and brilliance with which they inspire all of the students to explore their creativity and develop their passions. We feel so fortunate that our children had their first formal school experiences in such a loving, supportive, creative environment. We are sure that this has had – and will continue to have – an impact on their love of learning new things.”
- parents of preschool and kindergarten students at a North Suburban Chicago School
Campus Cooperative Preschool (CCP) runs a half-day program in its large, sun-drenched classrooms conveniently located in the iconic Wesley United Methodist Church & Foundation on the beautiful University of Illinois campus. Its innovative curriculum and highly educated staff produce a learning environment where diversity is embraced and every child feels cherished and respected.
At CCP, play is the language of all young children. Creative play is viewed as key not only to the development of critical thinking, language, and self-regulation skills but also to the development of the whole child. The foundation of CCP’s child-centered, play-based course of study is guided by the implementation of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool®, an engaging creative arts agenda, and a multifaceted social curriculum.
The program embraces the emotional world of children through tenderhearted interactions using the Nurtured Heart Approach™ and Conscious Discipline™ methodologies. Conflict is viewed as an opportunity for teaching social and emotional skills. The promotion of self-regulation skills are taught through daily centering techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, and other sensory activities.
CCP also offers an enhanced creative arts curriculum. In the preschool classes, this involves visual art, singing, dancing, and finger plays. In the Pre-Kindergarten class, the focus is on supporting each child’s exploration of her/his creative self.
Different techniques and styles are adopted by the students to make their own artworks. They are empowered to think about, try out, and create their own art using multiple types of media. The Pre-K class hosts an art exhibition in place of a graduation ceremony. These experiences have a lasting, positive impact on a child’s self-esteem.
“In the Pre-K Program, pre-academic skills are taught through play-based experiences that offer essential building blocks needed to make learning fun and engaging. CCP is a unique place where rich imaginations are the mainstay, and all programs meet and exceed the Illinois State Board of Education’s Learning Standards.”
- Lisa Treul, Director of CCP
Its innovative approach to early childhood education began in 1951 as Playtime Nursery School. Today, over 60 years later, Campus Cooperative Preschool (formerly Playtime Preschool) still functions in the spirit of a cooperative preschool where every family has a stake in the school’s daily operations.
Parents are invited to share in creating their children’s preschool adventure by enhancing the curriculum through special presentations, providing administrative support through corporate board membership, and maintaining the physical facilities through family semester projects.
Recognizing that family life has changed since the 1950s, families have the option to pay a small additional fee instead of participating in the cooperative work of operating the preschool. Children love their CCP experience and so do parents. It fosters a rich, nurturing, early learning environment where children and their families thrive.
“After a year at another preschool in town, we had a gut feeling that something better was out there. We switched our son to CCP and were instantly amazed at the difference. The CCP teachers are extremely caring, patient, and attentive to each child. They work with each one to help them grow and develop new skills. Our son developed new interests, learned how to socialize more effectively with other children, and increased his self-confidence in his year at CCP.”
Check out the preschool and meet the teachers at the Community Open House – Thursday, February 23, 2012 between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. at 1203 W. Green St., Urbana. Visit http://www.
Editor’s note: CCP is a sponsor of chambanamoms.com.