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Gold Coast Campus

Our Gold Coast campus is located right in the heart of one of the greatest cities in the world. Urban Child Academy Gold Coast is steps away from the renovated Washington Square Park where we spend a great deal of outdoor time. Gold Coast is home to the historic Water Tower, a great vantage point for watching the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile or checking out free art exhibits, before we head over to the historic Chicago Fire Station No. 98. We are lucky to have Seneca Playlot Park, Lakeshore Park, and the Museum of Contemporary Art- at our disposal for art and SOAR summer farmer's market finds.

Both of these wonderful Urban Child Academy neighborhoods are home to the Hancock Building and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, exclusive hotels, like the Drake and the Ritz-Carlton, and minutes from Navy Pier and its Children's Museum. On warmer days, Millenium Park offers dazzling music, art, landscape design and architecture- including the mammoth stainless-steel Cloud Gate sculpture- plus ice skating in the winter, splashing around in the interactive Crown Fountain during summer, and some of the finest picnic spots in Chicago. For all of our students, these are just a quick trip on the Red Line or a long stroller ride on a warm summer day.

Toddlers - SHEDD AQUARIUM CLASSROOMS

Walker, Talkers and Friends!
The toddler classrooms are warm and inviting with brightly colored walls, and an open floor plan specifically designed to allow our beginning walkers to easily explore and move freely throughout the space. All aspects of the room are specifically designed to meet the needs of toddlers. The toddler-friendly sinks provide a space to teach the children about personal hygiene, just as the toddler-height mirrors help develop a sense of self. The toddler classrooms offer an abundance of experiences with various learning centers and sensory activities. Through a carefully researched, educational curriculum, toddlers begin to explore multiple step processes in whole group, small group, and independent activities.

Two's - LINCOLN PARK ZOO CLASSROOMS

Inching Toward Autonomous, Adventurers, Make-Believers!
Each 2s classroom is a safe, cooperative, creative realm where children are invited to actively pursue curiosities, interact positively with one another and experience authentic discoveries. The room is designed to inspire every child's natural curiosity and desire to discover his or her world. Flexible, cooperative exploration is encouraged and facilitated as children share a variety of carefully researched activities and learning materials. In this room, we focus on nurturing healthy relationships and developing each child's positive self image and sense of independence.

Three's - ADLER PLANETARIUM CLASSROOMS

Abstract Thinkers, Negotiators, Initiators!
In the 3s classroom, student's development is all about finding conceptual meaning out of the concrete world. This fact inspires our curriculum planning process. Experiences are designed by teachers to challenge children's thinking and involve them in the problem solving adventure. We strive to make everything an exploration filled with a sense of wonder and excitement rooted in developmentally appropriate practice. The classrooms continually transform depending on our learning investigation and our students' interests. Physically, children in this age group are steadier on their feet and love to jump, climb, roll, run, and throw a ball, so we structure lots of time for large muscle activities, indoors and out.

Three's & Four's - MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY CLASSROOMS

Dramatic Players, Problem Solvers, Literarians!
Children in this age group are developing oral language rapidly and love to share stories and have discussions with their peers and teachers. Morning Meeting provides an opportunity for children to engage in oral language experiences, and practice being active listeners and taking turns. Here children will continue to develop a positive self image and respect for others as well as a strong sense of belonging to the group. Our daily routines and schedules support children's growth in all developmental areas (physical, cognitive, social and emotional). With guidance, children learn to manage their emotions, establish positive peer relationships, and engage in deeper levels of imaginative play. A strong foundation in social and emotional development advances all areas of development.

Pre-K - ART INSTITUTE CLASSROOMS

Pre-Kindergarteners, Athletes, A Community!
The Pre-K classroom offer a course of study and environment designed to best prepare UCA students for their elementary educations. By combining careful attention to Illinois Early Learning Standards, for both early childhood and kindergarten, with creative methods and collaborative curriculum that embrace students' natural curiosity, the Art Institute classrooms focus on ensuring students will have a smooth transition and depart with an enthusiasm for learning. Committed to UCA principles and structured to mirror a successful kindergarten classroom, this classroom is the final piece of the Urban Child puzzle that ensures our graduates are lifelong learners who can excel in elementary school and beyond. (Illinois Early Learning Standards Kindergarten)

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