HAPPY DAYS

Child Development Center


3 LOCATIONS

6304 W. 26th St., Berwyn, IL 60402 -  (708) 795-0099

5721 W. 35th St., Cicero, IL 60804 -  (708) 652-3577

831 E. 162nd St., South Holland, IL 60473 -  (708) 596-4848

OUR PROGRAMS

Happy Days Child Development Center’s language-rich curriculum is designed to promote independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem-solving. We differentiate our teaching by knowing how children grow and learn both typically and atypically in all domains of development, knowing that children learn the same concepts in multiple ways, and carefully observing each child to meet individual needs.

​Happy Days uses the Creative Curriculum as a guideline for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. This popular curriculum helps teachers understand developmentally appropriate practice and how to create daily routines and meaningful experiences that respond to children’s strengths, interests, and needs.

​We offer a wide variety or learning techniques that introduce children to their physical world, natural world, and social world. We explore these areas through music, art, outdoor play and learning activities.

​Each age group has a daily routine schedule that is geared towards age appropriate activities and child’s growth and development.


A Well Balanced Approach
The following activities are an integral part of our program:
- Story Telling
- Music & Movement
- Art & Craft
- Dramatic Play / Sand Play / Dough Play / Block Play
- Manipulative Play / Role Play
- Creative Approach for Arithmetic and Science through well structured group and individual projects
Through the various types of play, we promote interaction and communication amongst children and their teachers.


The daily routine is a balance of structured and unstructured activities.


Extra-Curricular Activities
Besides the usual curriculum, the following activities are also conducted on a regular basis for your child's learning and enjoyment purposes.

These are:
​ · Fun with Cooking – In our cookery sessions, our children have the opportunity to experience hands-on basic cooking skills and learn about nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet. They also learn team spirit and math in a fun way as they "work" and learn in a team.
·
Field Trips – We visit places of interests as well as make field trips to enhance classroom experiences.

Places recently visited: Pumpkin Patch, Shedd Aquarium / Oceanarium, Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Monkey Land. 


INFANT
At Happy Days Child Development Center we provide your child with a safe, secure, and nurturing "home away from home" to learn, play and grow. Happy Days has designed a nurturing, creative world for infants to help their minds and bodies develop. Watch your infant take the first steps toward a bright future when sharing his or her early developmental experiences at Happy Days.

Infants are unique and have their own patterns for play, feeding and sleeping. We use these patterns as our guide to introduce daily activities that will prepare your infant for life. Our highly trained teachers and staff offer a nurturing and creative environment for infants to develop their bodies and minds. We are committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for you and your child.

​Happy Days Infant Program Features
​·   Building of self-esteem through nurturing personal care
·   Interaction with groups to spark curiosity and socialization
·   Focus on cognitive and motor skills through playtime and activities
·   Development through age-appropriate materials and toys
·   Regular communication between teachers and parents to keep you informed about your child's day

​Your Infant's Day
The experiences infants have during the early months and years of life are crucial for healthy brain development. Lots of personal attention and interaction between our teachers and your infant will promote basic cognitive and social skills. Singing, reading and talking are just some of the behaviors that support development during this critical stage.

Physical Development
Physical development of coordinated motor skills is a large part of an infant's first year. Our development activities help build physical strength and motor coordination with daily experiences that allow infants to practice fine-motor skills, hand/eye coordination, hand and full body movement, and more.

Sense Exploration
Infants begin to use and integrate their senses right away to explore their new world. Through sense activities, children use one or more of their developing senses related to memory, spatial orientation, and cause and effect.

Communication Coordination
Language and communication development is most profound during a child's first three years of life while the brain is developing and maturing. Happy Days activities help develop skills in an environment rich with sounds, sights, and consistent exposure to speech and language.

Social Interaction
Feelings of confidence, pride, trust, friendship, and humor are all part of social-emotional development. Making Friends activities promote early social interactions and conversations, develop facial expressions to communicate, and support self-identity.



TODDLER

It is a whole new world when babies take to their feet. They walk, they talk, and they begin to develop relationships with each other. Your toddler has so many things he or she wants to see and do, and we'll be there to guide your child every step of the way.

Toddlers learn through sensory experiences that enhance their cognitive, language, motor and social skills. They turn ideas into words and phrases to better express themselves, and practice the value of sharing and cooperating through group play. Children at this stage start to develop friendships and gain confidence as they use their words and thoughts to interact with others. It is important for children to express themselves creatively and, through our Early Foundations® Toddlers program, we encourage all children to develop their unique skills and interests.

​Toddlers Program Features
·     Daily whole group instruction promotes social skill development
·     Balance of nurturing, playtime and learning throughout the day
·     Monthly thematic units that provide a variety of daily activities and experiences
·     Development of confidence, self-esteem and a love of learning
·     Learning areas focused on dramatic play, creative arts, language and sensory exploration
·     Regular communication between teachers and parents to keep you informed about your child's day

Your Toddler's Day
Happy Days toddler-specific curriculum enables your child to grow in confidence and learn to walk tall in their new world.

Physical Development
Toddlers are naturally curious and want to explore the world around them. We have designed our classrooms and equipment to support safe exploration so your child has room to discover, build motor skills, and improve coordination. Activities focus on experimenting with space to develop balance, hand/eye coordination, participation in creative movements to music, and more. 

Sense Exploration
Toddlers need an environment that is interesting to explore, safe, and filled with caring teachers who respond to their emotional and intellectual needs. Our program offers children a variety of fun, stimulating activities, such as matching and sorting, exploring colors, counting, and categorizing objects.

Communication
A foundation for reading success begins as early as the first few months of life. Introducing toddlers to books and language nourishes early literacy development. Toddlers focus on first words and phrases, vocabulary development, following simple directions, and identifying and naming familiar items.

Creative Arts
Exploring art materials and experiencing music, dance, and drama enrich the classroom. Our experienced teachers reinforce important developmental objectives through these creative, fun experiences. Creative Arts activities are designed to introduce toddlers to cause and effect, self-expression through art and music, and taking on pretend roles.

Social Interaction
As toddlers learn more about themselves and their abilities, they become aware of their social setting. With frequent opportunities for group experiences, they gain an awareness of others and a sense of group identity. Daily group-time incorporates a number of activities, such as songs, games, stories, and more.



PRESCHOOL

Bright classrooms and large playgrounds create the backdrop for your child's preschool educational success.

Let your child thrive in our accredited program. Learning centers for math, science, dramatic play, music, creative art and computers provide opportunities to balance both shared and independent learning experiences. Our teachers incorporate theme-related materials, individual attention and child-engagement.

Fostering foundational skills: Your preschooler is introduced to cognitive skills such as sequencing and matching; social skills in similarities and diversity; and language art skills of storytelling and writing.

Self-reliance with a safety net: Our preschool learning centers provide opportunities for your child to develop self-confidence and practice decision-making in each center with guidance.

Setting the pace for confidence: Through our preschooler program children are encouraged to progress at his/her own pace according to individual needs and abilities.

Real-world learning experiences: Visits by community helpers, fire fighters, Police Officers, Dentists, and more within the safety of our schools.

Computer skills development: Computers are an everyday component of the preschool classroom, allowing your child to practice and expand new skills.

Daily communication between teachers and parents to keep you informed about your child's day is encouraged



PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Pre-kindergarten is a critical time for children as they begin the adventure of a lifetime of learning. Every day your child is learning and doing more, which is why Happy Days Child Development Center Prekindergarten program is designed to challenge more.

Our caring, experienced teachers are dedicated to providing a rich, nurturing, learning environment that will prepare your child for kindergarten. We promote independence in an organized atmosphere, as it is increasingly important for children to be their own thinkers. We also teach children to work well within a group through listening, sharing and cooperation.

Pre-Kindergarten Program Features
-      Small group instruction in math and literacy
-      Preparation for kindergarten and future success in school
-      Whole-group activities to develop social skills
-      Development of a stronger vocabulary through letters and words
-      Phonological readiness activities
-      Further independent, creative learning through hands-on experiences
-      Daily communication between teachers and parents to keep you informed about your child's day is encouraged

Your Pre-Kindergardner's Day
Teachers at Happy Days organize unique activities that are designed to support your child's social, physical, emotional and intellectual development. In Prekindergarten, your child will receive the necessary tools to move into, as well as thrive in, the final phase of his or her early education-all while having fun. 

Language and Literacy
Each day we focus on age-appropriate literacy objectives, including letter recognition, letter sounds and emerging writing skills. Children are well on their way to becoming a wiz when it comes to reading and writing.

Mathematics
Children engage in the exciting work of numbers as they sort, construct, classify, and match. They also learn counting, measuring, and a variety of math skills. 

Creative Arts and Music
Participation in creative arts and music allows children to showcase their talents. Exposing children to works by master artists and then asking them to create their own interpretation inspires children to find their own unique voice.

Scientific Discovery
Your child's mind for science will become stronger through hands-on experiences when he or she learns to predict results, test ideas and draw conclusions. As an explorer in this new world, your child will examine and use various tools of discovery.


​KINDERGARTEN
Our Kindergarten will make sure your child is prepared for "school" success.

Happy Days Kindergarten program will help your child gain exceptional skills for academic fulfillment and a love of learning.

Your child's Kindergarten experience can set the stage for lifelong achievement, you'll appreciate that Happy Days Child Development Center will be providing the highest standards in early childhood education In a secure, small group environment. Our Kindergarten Teachers provides your child the individual attention required at this stage in development.



BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE 

To and from school transportation is available.  


Even after a long day of school, children are engaged in a comfortable learning environment at Happy Days.


Homework assistance

Supper (South Holland Location only)

Healthy Snacks

Fine motor and large motor activities

Small group sizes