Day School

The Day School strives to engage children in a variety of self-selected and teacher-directed activities. An observer may expect to see children painting and drawing, building and riding, working puzzles and creating peg patterns, hammering nails, pounding clay, sliding and climbing, co-operating and arguing, dancing and singing—real children learning and growing through their play.

The environment encourages wondering, problem-solving, questioning and all areas of cognitive development through play and planned activities. Social development goals include recognizing one’s own needs, feelings, and rights and making these known to others; recognizing and respecting the rights, feelings, and needs of others; and moving through the stages of play to the level of cooperation.

View the Day School calendar here.

Download and print the Twos Program calendar here.

Download and print the Mon/Wed/Fri Preschool calendar here.

Download and print the A.M. Preschool calendar here.

General Information
| Teachers and Parents | Together We Play Program
Preschool Program | Twos Program | Facilities
Advisory Committee
| How to Apply | Photos | Calendar

General Information

For the Preschool program, three- and four-year-old children enroll for five mornings a week, 9:00 to 11:45 a.m., or three afternoons, Monday/Wednesday/Thursday, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., September through May.

The morning class and afternoon class each enroll twenty children with a staff of two teachers and one assistant teacher.

For the Three-day Morning program, children two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half years old (by the fall) enroll for three morning a week, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8:45 to 11:15 a.m.

For the Twos program, children 24–36 months by fall enroll for two mornings a week, Tuesday and Thursday, September through May. Each class is made up of twelve children and twelve parents, with two teachers.

Tuition for the 2017–2018 school year is $9600 for the five-day Preschool program; $5500 for the three-day Preschool program; $5500 for the three-morning preschool program; and $4100 for the Twos program; and $1600 for the Together We Play program. For information about scholarships, please call 312.640.2579.

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Teachers and Parents: An Education Partnership

Day School teachers are qualified through training and experience to understand the behavior and needs of young children and to offer guidance to families in issues of child development and parenting. Warm, nurturing relationships between staff and children are a hallmark of the school.

Parent participation is invited and welcomed, but not required. The program size allows for ample involvement. The community of support formed among Day School families is one of the unique features of the school.

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Together We Play

Together We Play is an interactive class for parents and children ages 18-24 months by September 1. Connect with your child in an environment specifically designed for young children in our state-of-the-art facility. Enjoy free-play activities, songs, and stories led by one of our Early Childhood professionals, while meeting other families. Currently, classes are held Tuesdays 10:45-11:45 a.m., September through June. For the 2018-19 school year, classes will be held Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 p.m.

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The Preschool Program

Many things are special about this forty-five-year-old preschool:

  • The presence of both three- and four-year-olds together in a class, which allows them to learn from one another.
  • A yoga class taught by a certified instructor, which is part of the curriculum each winter and spring. Children benefit physically, mentally, and creatively from the expertise of this accomplished professional who is able to engage young children in the practice of yoga and meditation.
  • Friday School, which is a spring special for older children. These children meet as a group one morning each week with two head teachers who introduce them to language and math concepts, and information of particular interest to the group. A developmental approach is taken.
  • A consultant in child development and family issues is part of the Preschool staff. Monthly parents/consultant group meetings are held to discuss common child-related issues and any topics parents wish to discuss. Parent participation is invited and welcomed, but not required.

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The Twos Program

  • Individually planned, timely and comfortable separation of children and parents is an essential part of this program.
  • A consultant in child development and family issues is part of the Twos staff. Monthly parents/consultant group meetings are held to discuss common child-related issues and any topics parents wish to discuss. Parent participation is invited and welcomed but not required.

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Facilities for Learning and Play

Facilities for the Day School provided by Fourth Presbyterian Church currently include two state-of-the-art classrooms, a large motor room, and an outdoor playground—all as part of Fourth Church’s new Gratz Center.

Parents are invited to tour the Day School facilities. For details or to schedule an appointment, contact Kathy Hager (312.640.2579).

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Maintaining Excellence: The Advisory Committee

The Day School Advisory Committee, comprised of members and nonmembers of Fourth Presbyterian Church, advises the director in matters of school-church relationships, tuition and enrollment, public relations, and long-range planning.

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How to Apply

Applications can be downloaded by clicking here. They are also available by contacting Kathy Hager (312.640.2579). Applications are due by February 1 and may be submitted no earlier than September 1 prior to the fall of enrollment.

For the Preschool Program:

In late winter, all applicants are invited to an open house for a visit to play and meet the teachers, who use this opportunity to answer children’s and parents’ questions.

Children must be two-and-a-half by the fall of the year they enroll for the three-day morning program. For the five-day morning and three-day afternoon programs, children must be three- or four-years-old by the fall of the year they enroll and may remain in the program for either one or two years. In early September, each child receives a visit at home from one of the teachers. Then, school starts gradually with small groups of children for short periods of time. To help ease separation, if desired, parents can stay close in a nearby room.

For The Twos Program:

Children must be two years old by September 1 of the year they enroll.

All parents or adult caregivers are in the classroom during September and October. Separations are planned individually with the teachers, depending on the age and readiness of the child and gradually are begun toward the end of October.

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As you can see, we have lots of fun in the Day School!

A Hot Chocolate Stand on the Playground! | January 17, 2013

Presidential Suggestions from the Day School | January 20, 2013

A Lemonade Stand in the Garth! | September 28, 2012

Day School Benefit 2012 | February 26, 2012

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For further information or an application contact Kathy Hager (312.640.2579).