Quality Child Care
The mission of the Little Scouts program is to serve the Lake Forest High School faculty and the surrounding community. Our goal is to provide a safe and happy environment where children can grow and learn. We encourage creativity, critical thinking skills, and cooperation to accomplish common goals. The Little Scouts staff is dedicated to providing the best possible care and instruction in an environment that is stimulating to children and encourages exploration and independent thinking. We feel that play is children’s work, and we support the seamless integration of literacy, science, and math concepts through theme-based learning activities
What We’re All About
Lake Forest High School's Little Scouts adheres to a holistic approach of early childhood education. When we expose children to different environments and various learning experiences, we allow them to explore their self-awareness and gain a sense of the world around them. Once they leave our Preschool, they’re fully prepared for the next stage of their young lives.
Learning Through Play
6 Weeks-15 Months
We encourage children to learn about their world in a way that is meaningful and effective for them by providing a wealth of experiences each day.
Our Tiny Scouts' Room is equipped with a variety of developmentally-appropriate furnishings, accessories, and toys. Our staff balances individual attention with group experiences to ensure that your baby is learning and experiencing new things while being loved and cared for in a safe environment. Our teachers provide high-quality cuddles and interactions!
Toddlers are naturally curious and eager little explorers. Their brains are like sponges, absorbing all the knowledge they can. That is why each day our Explorer Room is filled with new experiences and activities to help keep those developing brains active. Our teachers are knowledgeable about the ever-changing development of toddlers and can easily adapt programs and activities to each child’s age and stage. You will love our program and will be amazed at just how much your toddler will learn in our Explorers' Room!
Older Tots/Young Twos
Our teachers focus on fostering security and confidence in each child to allow them to explore the world around them. Responsive, caring relationships are an essential part of building this security. Additionally, children are offered playtime with toys and peers, art experiences, and time to enjoy stories and books, sand and water exploration, and fun with music and movement. This classroom is structured to meet the needs of our older tots and young twos while providing the foundation to prepare our two-year-olds to enter our Pathfinders class next fall.
2 by September 1st
Oh, the adventures we will have! Two-year-olds are striving for independence and looking to explore which is why the Adventurers' Room uses learning activities disguised as FUN! Our learning experiences are designed to promote the blossoming independence of a two-year-old, to help develop their social skills, and to foster self-confidence. This stage is filled with huge thinking and emotional changes that will help these little ones make sense of the world around them. Our teachers are there to support them, and you, every step of the way!
3 by September 1st
The days in our Pathfinders room are more structured than in the Adventurers' Room. Our teachers offer a wide variety of activities based on the children's developmental needs and interests all designed to help further social-emotional growth and development. Our experiences are theme-based, and the teachers provide plenty of materials for children to explore and learn while encouraging their natural curiosity. These self-directed experiences with small group activities give children the tools they need to grow and develop in a nurturing, safe surrounding.
4 by September 1st
Our Trailblazers Pre-K room is focused on school readiness. They focus on enhancing your child’s confidence and independence by providing activities to help them become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Social skills are developed and nurtured as they learn to effectively communicate with peers in all types of situations. We utilize the "Handwriting Without Tears" program to teach proper letter formation and strengthen fine motor skills. Our teachers are experienced at making sure that all children are actively engaged, and they are always willing to pose additional challenges to further develop brain connections.