The Pre-school practices multi-age grouping because we feel children learn as much or more from each other as they do from teachers, the more differences among and between children, the more learning takes place.  Age levels are actually just a convenient way to organize and mean little as far as similarity of instructional needs.  The children with less skill profit from the more able.  The more able children gain because they have the opportunity to see their knowledge benefiting others.  The pre-school provides an informal learning experience for 20 children under the direction of four teachers.  When 20 children are working and playing the area can seem very noisy.  The class, however, is under control because the teachers can gain the attention of the entire group quickly with certain signals.

Even when children are at play they are learning.  We are continually reinforcing sounds, colors and numbers, bringing these important elements into every phase of the program.  Remember, too, that there are structured times when the children are required to follow certain rules.  Whenever we do a group project, the children have the option to participate or not.  However, if they do not join the group, they must work with a quiet toy so as not to disturb the group.  At these times one of the teachers is supervising the smaller group.

Please feel free to ask questions by posting a comment below and someone will respond soon.

19 Responses to “FAQ”

  1. Caroleen says:

    Do you accept mid-year admissions? I am looking for a two-day program for my 3 year old (Dec bday) 🙂


  2. Jeff says:

    Hi….Do you strictly adhere to the 2.5 yr requirement for enrollment?


  3. Rachel Gigliotti says:

    Love the Chalkboard Pre-school, thank you so much for all that you do! When is the deadline to apply for summer camp every year and can my child attend if they were not apart of the regular school year?
    Thank you so much!

    • Sherry says:

      Thank you, Rachel. Camp information goes out the second week of November and anyone is welcome to apply. Children currently enrolled at Chalkboard are placed first and then anyone else applying is placed on a first come first serve basis.

  4. Heather says:

    What is the average age of the 2-day morning program? And the 3-day morning program? I’m looking to start my twins’ preschool experience as gradually as possible. Thank you!

    • admin says:

      All of our classes range in ages 2.5 – 5. Often times the morning classes will tend to be a little younger because of the afternoon nap schedule of the younger children.

  5. Kate says:

    Does my 2.5 year old need to be fully potty trained to start at Chalkboard? We love the school! We are working on the potty training!

    • Brooke Brooke Chin-Ruengpinyophun says:

      Sorry for the late response! No, your child does not have to be fully potty trained to start at Chalkboard and we will work with you during the process.

  6. Sarah says:

    I”m wondering about the volunteering…is there a limit on how much parents can volunteer? I wouldn’t want to be there everyday as I want my daughter to get used to being without me, but in the same breath if my kiddo has a tough couple of days I’d like to be along without any restrictions. What are your thoughts? It seems like the volunteer policy is quite flexible, but I wasn’t sure if parents weren’t allowed at certain times? Please advise.

  7. Sarah says:

    First, I’m wondering when I can expect an answer to my first question?

    Second, I have a question in regards to the Chicken Pox Vaccination requirement…if my child has already had Chicken Pox can I provide a letter from our pediatrician? I really don’t want to get her vaccinated after she’s already had it!

    Looking forward to your replies!

    • Brooke Brooke Chin-Ruengpinyophun says:

      Sorry for the delay, we have had some issues with our comment notification through our website.

      To answer your questions; our parent volunteers usually come to read a story or to do an art project with the children. We do not recommend that parents stay the entire day. We feel that it makes it harder for the children to make that separation if this takes place. If a particular child is having a difficult time, we usually suggest that their parent stay for about 30 minutes, maximum, to help the child get settled.

      As far as the chicken pox vaccination, we need to look into that requirement further with DCFS, as we haven’t had this be the case.

      If you have any further questions, please email us through the website since we have been having issues. We will be contacting you once we have a response to the vaccination question.

      Thank you!

  8. Kristina says:

    What do you recommend for children with a late September birthday (i.e. if a child turns 2 in late September)? Do you recommend trying to enroll mid-year or in the spring? Thanks!

    • Brooke Brooke Chin-Ruengpinyophun says:

      If you feel your child is ready for a program, we have open enrollment anytime of the year, provided we have the space. We also have a summer program that may be of interest to you. It starts the 2nd week of June and runs for 8 weeks. You can choose the number of days you’d like your child to attend and the hours are from 9-1. Please feel free to fill out an application and let us know if you have any other questions.


  9. Anu says:

    Hi, do you have extended day programs too? Can you pls provide timings and tuition information as well for the same? Thanks

  10. Christie says:

    Hi, can you let me know how the drop off and pick up process works? We will be driving. Are the doors locked until 9 AM or is there any flexibility with your drop-off window? Thanks!

    • Brooke Ruengpinyophun says:

      Hi Christie! There is usually staff present by 8:45, however this is our time to prepare for the day so we ask that you drop off at 9. Thanks for understanding!

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