At GJK, we believe children learn best through play.
Glencoe Junior Kindergarten and Nursery School (GJK) is an independent, nonprofit, and play-based preschool dedicated to the unique development of each child.
We recognize that they’re ready to interact within a secure setting beyond the home and provide a warm and nurturing environment that stimulates and inspires them to explore, create, learn, and imagine.
We encourage each child to reach his or her potential in all areas of development -- including cognitive, physical, social, and emotional -- with play-based activities that allow them to express themselves creatively and foster their self esteem.
In our lively classrooms, our students engage in activities that incorporate math, literacy, science, art, music, cooperation, and more.
We follow an emergent curriculum approach in which each classroom’s activities grow from the ideas and interests of the children, who have been paleontologists, learned about Japanese culture, explored famous artists, designed and constructed new buildings, and taken train trips around the world!
These concepts are explored within the framework of what young children need to learn, and our highly qualified teachers act as facilitators. They use their expertise in conjunction with the Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards, Common Core State Standards and our personalized assessment tools to ensure a high-quality, tailored experience for each child to prepare them for kindergarten and the world ahead.
We’re proud to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines which are considered to be the national gold standard for early childhood education programs.
"Our goal should not be to protect them from the world, but to teach them about it."