The Covenant Preschool Co-op exists to provide a thoroughly Christian, well-executed preschool for families from Covenant and affiliated churches. It meets during the school year in the Education Building; when weather cooperates, children also spend time outdoors. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-12:15pm. When there are sufficient students ready for phonics instruction, an additional program is offered.
The primary philosophy of the preschool is a thoroughly Christian environment, influenced by a Montessori-style curriculum. A Christian worldview is presented in all things, as children learn about God as creator of the natural world, through daily Bible stories, and interpersonal interactions that reflect a belief that each is an individual made in the image of God. The children work with materials as demonstrated by the teacher, moving along the various levels as they show interest or aptitude. The Montessori curriculum places an emphasis on children’s independence, while in a safe and peaceful environment. Our Montessori program is unique in that we believe that parents are the first and best teachers of their children, and therefore we utilize co-op model, involving parents in the classroom and allow them to borrow classroom materials for home use.
Parents/caregivers are required to stay on-site of church property while their children are in class (this is due to Chicago building codes and our site not qualifying as a day care). Parents with younger children have access to the toddler nursery during this time. There are also designated places where parents needing to work or home-school older children can go. Parents have the option to be offsite about once a month. There is access to the church WiFi network for those needing it.