Hearthstone ELC offers a carefully designed
environment for our youngest children, starting at six weeks of age.
Specially trained staff nurture and guide the little ones through these
formative years. Continuity of care and secure, loving relationships prepare
children for their emerging independence.
The program will be
individually developed according to child development standards,
individual needs, and center constraints. Developmentally
appropriate activities are child-centered, directed toward the
natural interests and inclinations of children. The activities are
also need-centered, directed towards the physical, emotional,
cognitive and social abilities of children as determined by normal
Our programs are play based and experiential.
Physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth is stimulated through
hands-on real life experiences. Developmentally appropriate practice is the
foundation of the curriculum and daily schedule planning. Phonological
awareness, science and math activities are important aspects of the program
and are integrated throughout the day. Our staff supports the children so
that they may feel safe and secure, give them responsibility, model empathy
and respect for others, and encourage them to explore and discover the world
ELC provides developmentally appropriate programs for children and support
to their families when school is not in session. This program is available
during the ten-month school year and summer. Before school and after school
operates on days when school is in session. Hearthstone ELC offers full day
child care coverage during District #200 Holiday breaks.
We believe that children
are never too young to learn about God and His purpose in their
lives. Bible stories, songs, finger plays and prayer are part of
our daily routine.
of the benefits of serving seniors and children on one campus is
that our Hearthstone Early Learning Center children visit with the
“Grandmas and Grandpas” of Hearthstone regularly. Intergenerational
activities include show and tell, arts and crafts, singing,
exercising, cooking and special treats.
Experience working with
seniors on arts, crafts, cooking, dramatics, etc. provides
understanding and an avenue to become comfortable with others in
different circumstances, e.g. a wheel chair, walking cane or having
a lack of manual dexterity to perform tasks. For students this first
hand experience will open the door to classroom activities and
discussions that address these differences, diversity, culture and