We are one of the few schools in the area that is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This honor was earned by AAUW through its hard work and dedication to the education and well-being of children aged two through five, and is your assurance that at AAUW your child will have the best that early childhood education has to offer.
AAUW Nursery School was founded in 1953 by the American Association of University Women who realized a need for a quality preschool in the area. They formed a small, licensed, non-profit, parent-cooperative nursery school where young children could learn, grow, and thrive. As the school grew, we became independent of the parent organization, but retained our original name and purpose.
We have spent more than 50 years developing and refining our goals for the children. We wish to nurture the children so that they will develop to their full potential by providing opportunities for the growth of their intellectual, social/emotional, language, perceptual, and motor development. This is implemented by a staff of educated and experienced teachers who build their program on the base of a firm understanding of child development.
We know that children learn most meaningfully through direct experience. Arousal of curiosity leads to search, search leads to discovery, and discovery leads to knowledge. Concepts strongly rooted in direct experience give accuracy and quality to a child's thought, and we at AAUW focus our classes on providing opportunities for experimentation.
We encourage an atmosphere where children can enter in free, creative play with a minimum amount of direction. Educational studies show that creative play, that which explores and invents, is the most valuable learning method available to the preschool child.
We recognize the importance of providing an appealing, yet safe, environment for young children by providing space, equipment and materials which are developmentally appropriate. Play is a child's work.
And finally, we
intend to teach our young children to live life with meaning, joy, purpose,
satisfaction and fulfillment, realizing that children will develop firm
educational roots by enjoying and succeeding in preschool. These first
experiences influence the way children feel about themselves, other
people and the world around them.
2500 Northern Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois 60087