To learning makes all the difference, and the research shows it! Little minds are wide open and ready to learn, and we have a unique way of encouraging children to become life-long learners.
Unique Approach to Learning
Early Learning Assessment
Parent Partners Programs
Accreditation Equals a Commitment
Early Learning Assessment
Infants through Pre-Kindergarten are assessed on developmental skills that are known predictors of later success in school and beyond, including:
Language and Literacy Development
Social and Emotional Development
Physical Development and Wellness
Elite welcomes children of all abilities, with the commitment to provide quality care and education to each child. We believe every child is a unique individual with varying needs, and we welcome the diversity that brings to our centers. All children and families deserve to be full members of their communities, to have the opportunity for development and learning, and to experience a sense of belonging.
Building relationships with your child’s teacher is one of the very best ways for you to stay connected to your child and what he or she is learning.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is an official review process performed by a nationally-recognized outside agency. The process of achieving and maintaining accreditation is no easy feat. It involves staff and family participation, classroom observations, and health and safety checks. The accrediting agencies have high standards that often go above and beyond our state’s minimum licensing requirements for child care centers. We have to meet these high standards in order to achieve this mark of excellence.
Accreditation Equals a Commitment to Our Families
Our centers are accredited because we believe so strongly in the process and its purpose: to ensure your child receives the very best education and care in the early years that we know are so important to development. When your child is enrolled at our accredited center, you will experience the difference.
Doing the Right Thing for You and Your Child
Accreditation inspires a dedication to constant improvement in all areas—meaning our centers take the care and education of your child very seriously and work tirelessly to answer “yes” to important questions about:
The Teachers: Are they professional, experienced, nurturing, and qualified? Do they form bonds with the children and build trust with families?
The Environment: Is it safe, clean, and organized? Are daily routines clear?
The Curriculum: Does it spark a joy of learning and is it appropriate for each stage of development? Is there time and space for children to explore in the classroom and outside?
These are likely many of the same questions you’re asking yourself or a Center Director on a tour. In an accredited center, the answer is a resounding “yes” to these and many other important questions. The answer is “yes” to what matters most to you as a loving, involved parent.
We’re proud to have the accreditation of the Illinois State Board of Education. We’re dedicated to achieving 100 percent accreditation for our Academy—and that puts us head and shoulders above the rest of the industry.
Who Accredits Our Centers?
Our centers pursue national accreditation from one of three national early childhood accreditation agencies:
National Child Care Association (NCCA)
Illinois School Board of Education (ISBA)
Preschool Owners Association (PSO)
For more information please contact your state's child care regulatory office, or visit the above accreditation organizations.
Our teachers and centers are committed to developing strong partnerships with families, especially in those first few months when everyone is getting used to a new routine and new friends.
The more communication the better: No question is too small, so don’t hesitate to bring it up! Our teachers and center staff are here to help families navigate a variety of issues, including behavioral concerns, transition difficulties, and social and emotional changes.
Here are tips on building relationships with your teachers and Elite Academy:
We love it when you talk to us!
Sometimes drop-off and pickup times can be hectic for both parents and teachers. If this is making it difficult for you to talk with your child’s teacher, ask him or her about when and how you can chat. A teacher may be able to call you during nap time or another less busy period of day. Or you could leave a note, or email your center director about scheduling a time that works for both of you.
Parents are welcome in our classrooms!
Once a week, take a little extra time to walk through the classroom with your child. Ask him what he’s been doing and take a moment to connect with his teacher. This can help you get a better sense of what your child is doing, how he or she is growing and helps build a rapport with the teachers.
Let us know what’s on your mind.
If there’s specific information you want to know on your daily notes, let the teacher know (for instance if you want to know how potty training is going so you can compliment those efforts at home). That helps both of you get on the same page to support your child.
Feel free to call or check in.
If the child had a rough night, or was sad at drop-off, by all means feel free to call and check in later in the day to see how he or she is doing. Center directors and teachers are there for you and are happy to reassure you or provide an update. Let teachers know any context that might be helpful as the child’s day starts, for example, if your child was having a tough morning.
Participate in conferences.
These are such wonderful chances to have a focused conversation about your child’s progress. Do come with any questions you have.
We’d love for you to get involved!
Ask if there is anything you can do to help.
For example, you could gather some materials with other parents for an upcoming activity. This provides a connection to the classroom and builds your relationship with the teacher.
Are you a musician? A firefighter? A librarian, scientist or a baker?
We love having community members join our classes. If you have something you’d like to share with the class, this can enrich the curriculum and is a great way to participate in your child’s early education.
Having guests share and letting kids ask questions is a wonderful way to add to the educational experience for the children.
Parents are welcome to come in anytime and read a book or do an activity with the class.
Some parents connect with other families over email and coordinate activities. For example, a group might decide to bring in treats for teacher appreciation week. This helps build connections to teachers as well as to other parents.
Talk to teachers about ways you can support classroom learning consistency at home. When there is consistency, this can help young children feel more confident and comfortable.
Ask teachers what your child seems to be enjoying most in the classroom. Does she seem to show a preference for math activities over art? Does she prefer teacher-directed or self-directed activities? This can help you get to know your child a little better and guide the way you help her learning at home.
We love it here! Our daughter is so happy every day and has lots to share with us about her daily activities. She is constantly learning new concepts and songs that she demonstrates at home. We appreciate Mrs. G and Mrs. McNulty a lot, but do miss some of the other staff that have come and gone. I highly recommend to any family in the area!
Both my children did great at Elite Children's Academy. As a parent I really loved it and still recommend it even now my kids are 9 & 12!
My kids love it here!!! The staff is excellent!!!