About Small Miracles Preschool

 

The School Small Miracles Preschool is a non-for-profit educational ministry of Woodridge United Methodist Church. The Preschool is licensed by the State Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and is relicensed every three years. The Preschool is also inspected yearly by a representative of the state and local fire departments, the county health department and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Small Miracles Preschool is an inclusion environment providing a planned program centered on the age and developmental needs of the children. Each child is provided opportunities to develop with age appropriate peers.

 

Board Meetings

Small Miracles Preschool is a non-for-profit organization governed by a Preschool Board. The Board is made up of volunteers consisting of church staff, church members, and preschool parents. Parents are invited to join the Board and/or attend meetings. Any parents interested in becoming a representative should contact the Preschool Director.

Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, August through May, at 7:00pm at the Woodridge United Methodist Church. Legal responsibility for Small Miracles Preschool resides with Woodridge United Methodist Church, Pastor Danita Anderson, and the Board of Trustees, 2700 West 75th Street, Woodridge, IL 60517 Church Phone: 630-968-6050.

 

Preschool Board Members:

Mandy Meyers, Director

Patti Cash, Chairperson

Pastor Danita Anderson, Lead Pastor

Pastor Dave Buerstetta, Koinonia Pastor

Bob Saner, Treasurer

Susan O’Leary, Secretary

Sam Arvanis, Church Member

Amy Lietz, Church Member

Kathy Manderfield, Church Member

Jaimie Morton, Church Member

Mary Swade, Parent Representative

Maggie Zimmerman, Parent Representative

 

Small Miracles Preschool Mission Statement

The mission of Small Miracles Preschool is to provide quality early childhood education and care. We seek to provide a safe environment in which young children feel respected, loved, and valued while nurturing their capacity to grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. We strive to deepen children's commitment to positive social values such as kindness, helpfulness, and respect for others.

As a ministry of Woodridge United Methodist Church, a Christian community of faith, we gladly accept and welcome children and families of all faith backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability, economic status, or cultural background.

 

Philosophy

Small Miracles Preschool offers a warm, friendly, positive learning environment where each child is seen as an individual. We will provide a variety of activities, which will encourage learning and growth in the areas most important to the development of young children. Group and individual activities that are designed to enhance social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, as well as promote independence, will be implemented. Children experience so much growth and development during the preschool years, we believe that a lifetime of learning begins at Small Miracles Preschool.

 

Religion

We believe in providing a variety of experiences and opportunities for the children so they may grow and develop both socially and individually with the knowledge that they are valued and have unique God-given talents and skills. Discussions about generally observed Christian holidays will be held, but no structured day-to-day Bible study or theology will be taught. Christian values (thoughtfulness, sharing, the importance of self-worth, confidence, etc.) will be experienced and encouraged in an informal way. Grace will be said before snacks, and Christian pictures may be hung in the classroom and hallways.

 

The Staff

The Small Miracles Preschool staff consists of a full-time Director/Teacher as well as Teachers and other support staff. There will be two teachers assigned in each class session. All staffing is based on enrollment needs and state requirements. Staff members have been chosen for their ability to relate and communicate with young children as individuals. The staff participates in a continuous program of in-service education in order to remain aware of the ever-changing needs of today’s children and families and to the findings of current research as required by DCFS.

If you have concerns or need assistance in obtaining information or resource materials, please feel free to ask. If the teacher/director is unable to assist, please contact a board member.