Learning Oak

                Early Childhood                 

             Development Center                                              

About Learning Oak



Learning Oak, 

Early Childhood 

Development Center 

offers a great alternative 

to traditional day care services. 

Learning Oak

combines child care services 

with a full and comprehensive

 developmentally appropriate 

preschool curriculum with 

Mi Escuela (My School), 

a Spanish Bilingual Program  option  and experienced teachers. 

Our DCFS licensed Center, 

offers an Early Childhood Program 

with half and full day play based curriculum for ages 2 to 6 years old with small groups 

and low student-teacher ratios. 

Our Innovative and creative 

curriculum offers hands on activities and enrichment experiences

 with school field trips, 

visitors and outings.

We'll provide healthy and 

mostly organic meals andsnacks. 

Learning Oak is proud to run 

an Eco-friendly practice.



Because young children learn

 through rich and varied play, 

an important time of the day 

is dedicated to intentional 

free -play time.  

Children choose from areas 

such as Blocks, Art, Book Corner, 

Small and Large Motor, Math Center, Science Center, Writing Center, Sensory  and 

group activities

such as Dramatic Play.

These areas are planned 

and set up

 around thematic units and emergent interests. 

Each group has an active 

play period outdoors, 

as well as several 

large group times for story, snack, 

music and movement 

and discussions. 

The curriculum for 

Two's & Three's and Preschoolers 

Programs are centered on supporting 

children’s social, emotional, physical, language

 and cognitive development.



Learning Oak 

promotes the value of play

 and its role in the learning process.  

Our role is to contribute 

to the development of children

 by providing enriched play,

 meaningful experiences 

and allowing enough time 

for self discovery. 

Learning Oak environment 

offers opportunities 

for exposure to Science, Math, Art, Music, Language Arts, 

Spanish Language, 

Dramatic Play, 

Small Motor and Large Motor activities. 

We truly believe 

every child is unique, 

and Learning Oak, 

made it its mission 

to begin building and fostering 

a strong foundation 

to help children 

reach their own potential.

Our Programs

Two's & Three's Program


For children who are 

24 months up to 48 months.  

No need to be potty trained.  

Our 2's and 3's Program provides 

a safe and nurturing atmosphere, 

allowing for a child’s freedom 

of movement and learning 

directed by a child’s interest. 

Children experience cognitive 

and motor development 

by hands-on activities 

at an unhurried pace. 

The 2's and 3's classroom supports learning 

through sensory experiences that enhance cognitive, language, motor and social skills.

Learning Oak 

provides opportunities for children to be introduced to a second language with our  Bilingual Spanish afternoons  

in movement with Music, 

creativity with Art projects, 

discovery with Science, 

manipulative and building with Small and Large Motor activities, pretend play in our Dramatic corner and  Literacy with age appropriate materials and experiences.    

Full Day 2's and 3's 

M-F 7:00-6:00pm   

Morning 2's and 3's

M-F 8:30am-11:30am

 (Minimum 2 or more days)   

Early morning  Starts at 7:00 



 For children who are 

at 4 years of age by September 1st 

of the current school year  

and potty- trained up to 6 years of age, 

to best accommodate 

children with late birthdays. 

They will be exposed to activities 

involving Math, Science, 

Dramatic Play, Music, 

Small Motor,Large Motor, 

Social Science and 

Fine and language Arts. 

The curriculum is designed 

to foster their curiosity 

with concepts and exploration, 

as well as to foster characteristics 

that play a critical role 

in intellectual growth

such as self-confidence, 


and self-control. 


Full Day Preschool   

M-F 7:00-6:00pm

Full Day children will participate

in Mi Escuela , Bilingual Preschool afternoon Program

  Morning Preschool 

M-F 8:30-11:30am

 (Minimum 2 or more days)    

Early  morning Starts at 7:00 

Mi Escuela


  Early Childhood Spanish Language Development Program 

For children who are at 

4 years of age by September 1st 

of the current school year  

and potty- trained up to 6 years of age

 Mi Escuela (my school) offers a developmentally appropriate way 

to learn a  second language. 

This afternoon bilingual program 

will follow the same  concept in morning classes with an introduction 

to the Spanish language.  

Mi Escuela Bilingual Program 

taught in Spanish and English 

to  introduce children 

to the Spanish language, 

with a full preschool  curriculum with games, songs, crafts, Art,  Science, Math,  Dramatic play, Small and Large Motor activities and Sensory experiences.  

This program is suitable 

for non Spanish speakers 

as well as native speakers.  

All levels are welcome.   

Afternoon Session

M-F 1:30pm-4:30pm
Mi Escuela, Bilingual Preschool 

 (Minimum 2 or more days) 

 Extended afternoon

Pick up by 6:00pm

Saturdays at Learning Oak



  • Spanish for 2’s

2 hours Ages 24 to 36 months. 8:30-10:30am 

No potty trained needed Snack included

Learn thru play Spanish with songs, Art,& Crafts, Flannel stories, 

puppets and Small and Large Motor activities

  • Spanish for Ages 3 to 6

2 1/2 hours Ages 3 to 6 years old 11:00-1:30pm Light Lunch included

A developmentally appropriate approach to learn Spanish, 

Fun, Hands on, and Innovative. 

A session filled of Music, Art, Dramatic play, Science and Math activities.


Hard to commit every Saturday?

A punch card system will be used for these Programs. You will only pay for what you use


Yes!! We are open for School Holidays

  • Monday, October 8th Columbus day
  • Tuesday, November 6th Institute Day
  • Thursday, October 25th P T Conferences
  • Friday, October 26th P T conferences
  • Monday January 21st, 2019 Martin L King
  • Friday, February 15th
  • Monday, February 18th President's day
  • Monday March 25th-29th Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 2nd Institute Day

Part Time/Full Time available Open 7:00-6:00pm

  • 1/2 day 8:30-11:30  includes lunch  
  • Full Day 8:30-4:30 includes lunch, snack and Bilingual Spanish afternoon 
  • Add on Early Start /Late Pick up


Admission Process


  To start the admission process,

 please fill out our inquiry form.

  Schedule a tour with the Director 

and ask as many questions as you wish.
 We are here for you! 

If a space is immediately available, 

we will let you know 

after we receive your contact form. 

We take families on a first come, first serve basis. 


Applications for entrance may be made any time during the year. 

Children are eligible whenever vacancies occur 

and a waiting list will be maintained. 

A minimum enrollment 

of two days per week is required, 

(two mornings, two afternoons or two full days). 

Each child is required to have emergency information and medical form, as well as additional required forms, filled out prior to your child’s first day of school. A contract between parents and Learning Oak detailing hours, days and fees needs to be signed at the time of registration. When registration takes place, applications are taken on a first come, first served basis. 


About our Director

Miss Maria


Miss Maria Nicosia is the Program Director and founder of Learning Oak.  

Miss Maria has spent her entire professional career in the Early Childhood Development field.      

A native of Argentina, she is a dedicated, positive and caring educator who has been extensively trained in Child Development and Early Childhood Education.

Miss Maria is a former Early Childhood Teacher of 17 years with the Park District of Oak Park where she taught Preschool in Spanish and English.  

She is the proud founder of "Mi Escuela", Spanish Preschool Program.  Miss Maria has over 23 years of experience in the Early Childhood field working in different settings.

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Early Childhood Development Center


Learning Oak

6429 West North Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302, United States

708 2775888


Monday - Friday:

7:00am -6:00pm

Saturday - 8:00am-1:30pm 

Sunday: Closed