This fully renovated center is located at 500 Parks Ave., and provides high quality, affordable early childhood education programs for children infancy through school age up to 12 years old. This opportunity was made possible through a grant awarded to One Hope United from the State of Illinois.
|This new center is one of 12 One Hope United early childhood education programs in the Chicago metropolitan area offering a safe, nurturing, learning environment for children. Each center utilizes a unique “learn by doing” approach that allows children to explore and understand the world around them. All One Hope United centers are staffed by early childhood professionals who are passionate about developing lifelong learners.Center Specifics
• Fully renovated facility
• 13 classrooms serving children from infancy – school age up to 12 years old
• Large gross motor room for indoor play
• Staff and parent resource rooms
• Spacious area for center and community-wide meetings
• Outdoor play areas for infant/toddlers/two year olds, and preschool/school age children
• Utilizes the Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum program and GOLD assessment tool
• Incorporates OHU’s Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum
• Follows NAEYC requirements and begin the self-study process shortly after opening
Kimberly Johnson, Joliet Early Learning Center Director, joined the One Hope United family in 2015 and has been in the field of early childhood since 1990. Kimberly started in the field as a Head Start parent volunteer and her volunteerism ignited a spark that fanned into a flame. Presently, she is a doctoral candidate at Walden University, possesses a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College, a National Director Credential from National Louis University, Type 04 Teacher Certification from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Infant Toddler Certification from Erikson Institute, and certification in Strengthening Families.
Kimberly is very passionate about education for early learners and believes that children learn best by doing, and that in order for children to be successful, program leaders and educators must foster children’s growth and development. In addition, they must partner with parents to help children become independent, self-confident, and inquisitive lifelong learners. Furthermore, Kimberly espouses the vital work that is done by all in the field of early childhood education cultivates early learners growth and development from cradle to career.