What Others Are Saying

As a Professional Development Specialist, I spent a few days observing the teachers as they interacted with children in the classroom and on the playground.  Each one brings a wealth of knowledge and the ability to integrate their knowledge to create positive and meaningful interactions with the children.  Campus Cooperative Preschool(CCP) provides a developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment that promotes the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of the children in their care.  I so enjoyed watching the children explore and contribute their unique talents to the classrooms and the school community.  It is simply one of the best early childhood education programs in town.

-Felicia Gooler, 2017-18 School Year

Excellent individualized play-based program.  Staff are nurturing, encouraging.  Activities and group time stimulate thoughtful, meaningful conversation relating to the world to the child each day.  Rooms are developmentally equipped – fun, inviting rooms with lots of children’s artwork.  Group time is so relevant to the children’s understanding of the world – so encouraging of their individuality and self-worth.

Very high quality staff devoted to providing the best quality program possible for young children.  Minimal (staff) turnover.  Staff want to be there.”

2015 State of IL Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Annual Review

Staff demonstrate skill in planning, directing, and conducting program that meets individual developmental level…All workers/assistants are well-qualified for positions held…Minimal staff turnover. Staff are positive and enthusiastic…Program basis is Conscious Discipline and Nurtured Heart Approach.  They promote positive behavior and healthy self-esteem.  Program offers child opportunity to be successful…Parents are provided with substantial information regarding program.  Program is a cooperative so parents are involved in the program.  Daily arrival conducted in ways to protect child’s well-being.

2014 State of IL Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Annual Review

(A child’s) healthy self-esteem is vital to this program’s philosophy. Program (and staff are) focused on child’s successes.

2012 State of IL Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Annual Review

Program promotes growth, well-being, development of self-help skills, communication skills, social competence, and positive self-identity. Activities build upon each other and help children to understand relationships between themselves and throughout the world. Much emphasis on facilitating children to communicate. Very positive program.

2011 State of IL Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Annual Review

Excellent staff interaction with children. Staff model respect, cooperation, flexibility, patience. Staff provide environment in which children feel comfortable, relaxed, happy and involved in play … Classrooms are bright, inviting. Individual interest areas are arranged to promote independent learning … Emphasis on self-exploration, creativity, (and) independence.

2008 State of IL Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Annual Review

We continue to be in awe of (our son’s 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 a preschool and kindergarten student at a North Suburban Chicago Public School

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.

parent of a CCP preschool class student and a pre-kindergarten class student

As a parent, what I appreciated most was the individualized focus the teachers gave to each child. They really took the time to know every child and provide them with the attention they needed. My son loved to build things, and the teachers made the effort to incorporate his passion into the curriculum. I can still see the benefits of CCP in my children today – their confidence, their creativity, and their continuous desire to explore and learn, I attribute to CCP.

current Countryside School parent

Our children (ages 11, 8, and 5) were allowed to be expressive, creative, and adventurous in their learning. They were required to be respectful and thoughtful of the teachers and one another. This balance of structure and fun defines the CCP experience for us. They were well prepared to interact with kids their own age when they entered Kindergarten. We attribute this, in large part, to the CCP staff and curriculum

current Champaign Public School parents