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Vision & Mission

The belief at the Barbara Vick Early Childhood and Family Centers is that social and emotional development serves as the foundation of all other learning.   We provide a play-based, child-centered curriculum aligned with the Illinois Early Learning and Common Core Standards.  Our curriculum maximizes the learning potential of all children, especially Diverse and English Language Learners.  The staff creates learning environments that are intentionally designed to deepen children's thinking through the development of relationships with one another, provoking materials and the natural world outside.  Documentation is critical to the learning process as it helps to make the children’s learning visible.  Providing access to innovative technology opens the world to children and staff alike, deepening and extending learning experiences.  We offer families information, support and resources while encouraging them to be active participants in their child’s education.