200 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60302  Phone: 708-434-5705  Email: director@oakleafacademy.com

Infant Classroom:
Child to Teacher ratio 1-3

Infants develop their own schedules and routines based on individual needs.  The teachers in the infant classroom articulate their lesson plans to stimulate child growth and development in the early years, such as floor time activities, songs and fingerplays, repetition of language and sounds, sensory exploration and motor movement.  Infants and young toddlers participate together in different group periods throughout the day as well as outdoor experiences. 

Toddler Classroom:
Child to Teacher Ratio 1-4

Children in the toddler classroom start following a daily schedule and routine.  The children participate in group times, independent learning centers and free play through out the day.  Toddler teachers develop lesson plans based on toddler milestones and skills while keeping in mind social and emotional development as an important component of their learning. The children in the toddler classroom go outside twice daily on walks to the park and other locations within our community. 

Preschool Classroom:
Child to Teacher Ratio 1-8

Preschool classroom play based curriculum is based on developmentally appropriate activities enhancing the skills needed for successful learning in a fun and exciting way.  The daily activities focus on social and emotional health, progression in cognitive development and strengthening fine and gross motor skills.  Children go outside twice daily and frequent parks and community activities. The preschool classroom teachers promote healthy bodies as well as healthy minds with daily exercise and positive relationships.  The curriculum also includes daily fine arts activities including music, art and language enhancement. 
 

Pre-K Classroom:
Child to Teacher Ratio 1-10

Prekindergarten classroom play based curriculum is based on developmentally appropriate activities enhancing the skills needed for successful learning in a fun and exciting way.  The daily activities focus on social and emotional health, progression in cognitive development and strengthening fine and gross motor skills.  Children go outside twice daily and frequent parks and community activities. Beginning phonics and pre-reading and pre-writing skills are incorporated within the program in a stimulating way.  Prekindergarten teachers promote healthy bodies as well as healthy minds with daily exercise and positive relationships.  The curriculum also includes daily fine arts activities including music, art and language enhancement. 

Overview Of Classrooms 

About Oak Leaf Academy

Curriculum

The curriculum is based on developmentally appropriate activities enhancing the skills needed for successful learning in a fun and exciting way.  The daily activities focus on social and emotional health, progression in cognitive development and strengthening fine and gross motor skills.  Children go outside daily and frequent parks and community activities. Within the curriculum the teachers of Oak Leaf Academy promote healthy bodies as well as healthy minds with daily exercise and positive relationships.  The curriculum also includes daily fine arts activities including music, art and language enhancement. 

Oak Leaf Academy is a full year preschool program.  We divide the year into two parts.  The School Year, which is from Labor Day till Memorial Day and our Summer program which starts after Memorial Day and finishes right before Labor Day.  The hours are the same but we like to take our lessons and learning outdoors spending as much quality time outside as possible.  During the school year we continue to go outside twice a day but do most of our play-based learning centers inside the school.  During the school year, Oak Leaf Academy offers a weekly Spanish Immersion class for the Infant Class, Toddler Class, Preschool Class and the Pre-Kindergarten class. 

Oak Leaf Academy offers full time, high quality care for children six weeks up to six years in four different age group classrooms.  We offer an intimate learning environment with 2 full-time lead qualified teachers per classroom as well as assistant teachers for support.  The center is located on the east side of Oak Park near Stevenson Park. 

  • State Licensed facility through Department of Family and Child Services (DCFS)
  • Children ages 6 weeks up to 6 years of age
  • Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • 12-month, year round program closing for all major holidays and teacher in-service days
  • Offering 2, 3, and 5 full day programs 
  • 4 classrooms divided by similar age groups
  • Catered mostly organic breakfast, lunch and snacks 
  • Outdoor activities two times per day, weather permitting, walking distance from Stevenson Park and Tot Lot
  • Family education and social networking events are held annually for families to attend 
  • Classrooms have email accounts and use of Hi Mama app for communication among teachers and families.