Philosophy and Goals
Tiny Tot Preschool was established in 1948 in Evanston, Illinois, by Jean Rieker. In 1953, the school moved to Skokie and has been in the present location since 1959. We have four large rooms with a large well-equipped playground adjacent to the building.
Tiny Tot continues to be a family business with Miss Jean's daughter,
Bonnie Shanahan now directing the center.
In August 2015 Tiny Tot Preschool was awarded the Gold Circle of Quality by ExceleRate Illinois, the state's new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers. Our staff worked very hard to achieve this accomplishment. We continue on a daily basis to maintain and improve our services to you and your families.To learn more about ExceleRate Illinois, please visit their website.
Please feel free to download and read the Parent Handbook below.
Summary of Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers
A community providing a positive outlook of learning for all children and inspiring a lifetime desire to learn.
Tiny Tot Preschool’s program is centered on the development of the whole child. Our goal is to provide children with a warm environment that encourages the development of their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive skills. Our experienced staff embraces the viewpoint that each child is unique. Teachers manifest their respect for children by encouraging them to think for themselves, to make decisions, to work toward their own solutions and express their own ideas and feelings. We view parents as our partners in the education of their children and we embrace their active involvement.
Tiny Tot embraces a developmental approach and play-based philosophy in working with young children. We believe that children are natural learners that acquire knowledge in the process of their own developmental maturation. As children grow older, they acquire new skills and experiences that facilitate the learning process. For example, as children grow physically, they are more able to manipulate and explore their own environment. Additionally, they are more able to understand the point of view of other people. Tiny Tot consents with all theorists of learning that the child uses play for self-teaching. Teachers are expert facilitators of that learning process. We strive to provide an environment that offers materials, equipment, space, time, and trusting adults that allow children to organize their ideas, feelings, and fantasies into a plan for play. Through play, children then explore and manipulate ideas and relationships without doubt about their own skills, and become experts in problem solving, self-control, and citizenship skills that will assure their success in life.