The Picket Fence Staff meet the requirements of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and undergo a thorough background check through Springfield, which includes fingerprinting. A physical examination, including a tuberculosis test is required. Most important, all staff love and understand children and teach them while having fun. Staff meetings are held regularly for the purpose of enriching, improving and evaluating the program.
Teachers encourage the learning process by providing work/play areas consisting of many different learning opportunities. Materials are used which provide concrete experiences and are adaptable to the different levels of individual children.
The staff is one of the most important parts of any program. Research and experience clearly shows that children’s earliest years are crucial learning years.
A Teachers Role
Taken from Illinois News (a publication of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young children) is this comment: “Early Childhood programs are an essential part of the education of young children, and a crucial service for families and communities, yet we still pay early childhood teachers less than hairstylists and garbage collectors”. said Kathy Thornbug, PH.D, President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Remember, if we want our children to succeed, we need to support the teachers, administrators and programs that give them a great start.
Picket Fence Staff – Learning Center
Picket Fence Daycare Learning Center. Founded October 1993. It is located online at picketfencelearningcenter.com. Physically at 36 Conti Parkway. Elmwood Park, Illinois, Cook County.