About EMSD #37 Early Childhood

Program Philosophy

  • Program Philosophy: Early Childhood students learn best when engaging in engaging in opportunities that allow them to explore a variety of developmentally appropriate activities in an inclusive setting. We believe in building a working partnership with parents, family and the community to provide an early childhood program that fosters a child’s development in all areas, encourages independence, and promotes values of cultural diversity and acceptance.

Excelerate Illinois

  • EMSD# 37 Early Childhood is recognized for The Gold Circle of Quality Award of Excellence with Excelerate Illinois.


  • We believe that parents are a child’s first teacher and should continue to participate

    in their child’s preschool education.

  • We believe that support from siblings and extended family members will enhance the

    child’s preschool education.

  • We believe that opportunities for learning and developing skills occur at school, at

    home and in the community.

  • We believe a strong partnership between home and school offers children increased

    opportunities to practice developing skills.

  • We believe that celebrating cultural diversity contributes to the development of

    respect and appreciation for others.

  • We believe that each child is a unique individual and that all children can learn. Our

    preschool programs provide inclusive settings that recognize children's varied

    abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles.


“The mission and vision of the EMSD #37 Early Childhood Program is to create a culture where all children are provided unique opportunities to explore and learn through play in a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment while empowering families to be partners in every child’s learning experience.”


Creative Curriculum is an early childhood comprehensive curriculum that uses familiar literature to provide a solid educational foundation of the basic skills necessary for children to be successful in kindergarten. It is research based and aligns to the Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards. Worksheets are not used as part of the curriculum

Parent Involvement

It is proven that a child's success in school is directly related to parent involvement in education. Your child's success in school depends on you. Your involvement speaks loudly to your child that school is important! You can be involved in many ways. You can help in the lending library, go on field trips, read to a child during work time in class, cut out and/or assemble a project, come in a little early and help children with hats, coats, mittens, etc., show the children a craft or hobby that you do, write a short article for the newsletter, and/or serve on the Parent Advisory Council (see the parent involvement form for more ideas). *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our updated visitor policy, typical parent involvement activities are limited for the 20-21 school year.

Early Childhood Packet

Wells Preschool Parent Handbook 19-20