Pilgrim’s Pre-K Named “Best of Chicago” for Second Time

With its play-based philosophy and “whole child” approach to learning, Pilgrim’s Early Childhood Education Program is designed to be exceptional. But don’t just take our word for it. Once again, Pilgrim’s PreKindergarten has been named as “Best of Chicago” – having previously earned the distinction in 2018. 

Pilgrim Principal Chris Comella and PreKindergarten Teacher Mrs. Joanne Conway with Students

Each year, the “Best of Chicago” Awards are given to local schools and businesses based both on the recommendations of people in the community and third-party data. The Chicago Award Program honors the achievements and accomplishments of organizations that make the Chicago area a great place to live, work and play.

“Our teachers and staff are determined to engage each early childhood and pre-Kindergarten student, and make them feel safe and valued as individuals,” says Pilgrim School Principal Chris Comella. “We deliberately keep our early childhood class sizes small and ensure that every student is supported in achieving his or her own developmentally-appropriate goals.” 

Since there is no “one size fits all” approach to learning, Pilgrim offers Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students ample free time each day to explore and develop their unique interests.  Other distinctive components of a Pilgrim Early Childhood Education include:   

  • Themed-based activities that help children to learn about their world 
  • Regular social-emotional exercises focused on growing social skills, and identifying and dealing with feelings 
  • Spanish language instruction utilizing songs, stories, and puppets
  • Exposure to the fine arts through music and art lessons
  • Faith Formation with a focus on grace.

“Pilgrim’s approach to Early Childhood Education inspires children to grow, learn, and be leaders in every facet of their lives,” says Comella. “Receiving the 2021 ‘Best of Chicago’ Award is an honor, and kudos are due to our teachers and staff for making ‘Academic Excellence with a Heart’ a reality!”

Pilgrim is still accepting applications from prospective students for the remainder of this school year, as well as for 2022-23. 

To learn more about our award-winning pre-Kindergarten program, visit www.pilgrimchicago.org – or sign up to attend an in-person open house or weekly virtual coffee session at https://tinyurl.com/PilgrimProspectiveFamilyEvents.