Jesus said, “Feed My lambs” and “Let the little children come to Me for such is the Kingdom of God.” In this Christian environment, the spiritual needs of the children and their moral development are nurtured as an essential part of growth along with the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
At St. Philip, each child is guided and cared for as a very special and unique creature of God who has been loved and forgiven through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Within our Christian environment, the spiritual needs and moral development of each child is the center from which our living, loving, and learning together are planned. “Jesus Time” is an integral part of each day’s program as our children learn about and experience God’s love.
St. Philip values the home-school partnership. We recognize and support parents as the child’s main teacher. The role of both the parents and St. Philip is to support the child’s decision-making capabilities. Since children learn by doing, the Center focuses on the process of learning rather than the product.
In early childhood every moment is a teachable moment. Our preschool, kindergarten, and extended care programs are planned with the young child in mind. During these early years, children need many hands-on experiences designed to enable the child to develop spiritually, emotionally, physically, and cognitively at their own level. Through such experiences, the young child can construct a sense and order of the world. In addition, competent teacher carefully guide socializations skills and healthy self-concepts as children interact with each other and in play.
St. Philip Lutheran School, Preschool, Child Care, and Kindergarten are fully accredited by the National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) for quality program of Christian Education.
St. Philip Early Childhood Center is licensed by the State of Illinois, Department of Child and Family Services and by the City of Chicago as a preschool and extended care facility. This licensing is renewed every three years. The Center is also subject to regular inspections by the city and state.