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May 5, 2016 7:29 PM ET

Archived: A Playground for Reba Early Learning Center, a small single site, non-profit preschool and beloved Evanston childcare and community institution

iCrowdNewswire - May 5, 2016

A Playground for Reba Early Learning Center

by Catherine Merritt



We are looking to raise enough funds so Reba Early Learning Center, a beloved Evanston childcare and community institution. Reba Early Learning Center is a small single site, non-profit preschool. It was founded in 1966 as Reba Place Day Nursery. During the mid-nineties Reba Place Day Nursery became incorporated. RELC is committed to the principles and values within our community.


The current parents are looking to raise funds so the students can get a playground at Reba’s outdoor lot. This will become a place for students (both existing and future) can have safe and fun outdoor time (when the weather permits!). Anyone who knows Reba (present and past families) can attest to what a special place it is and the role it plays in shaping our children to be loving, empathetic, curious, kind members of the community.


Please consider donating so we can hit our goal by May 15 and order the new equipment to be used this summer!



Reba’s Mission and Vision…

Reba Early Learning Center is a community based organization dedicated to providing high quality care, education, and support for children and families of diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


RELC Values, Philosophy, & Practices



  • Our goal is to keep children safe; both physically and emotionally.
  • Young children need consistent, predictable relationships with their teachers. We use an attachment approach to create bonds w/ children and families. Your attachment teacher will be your primary contact for you and your child.



  • Partnerships with families are valued.
  • We are respectful and responsive to family needs and ideas. Children will trust who their family trusts. We value the contribution each person makes to support the care and development of young children.
  • Different perspectives are respected and valued. We recognize that we are interacting with diverse families whose experiences may be different from those of others.





  • Learning during the early childhood years is important because a preschool child’s brain is at a critical stage of development
  • Children learn everything from everything they do. Our curriculum is “play” based. We implement hands-on experiences to enhance growth and development.
  • We facilitate critical thinking, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills. This will enable children to make developmentally appropriate decisions.
  • Children need a positive transition to elementary school. We collaborate with other educators to ensure the best possible transition process.
  • Culturally Relevant Anti-Bias
  • Young child plays with train
  • Our program intentionally strives to include families and staff that are diverse in culture, ethnicity, and socio-economic background. Diversity is embraced through the implementation of a culturally relevant anti-bias curriculum.




This curriculum features goals for children and adults. These goals help children feel confident about themselves and their group identity, to value and respect the identities of others, to be critical thinkers, and to stand up for injustice.



Anti-bias is an important component of the overall philosophy at RELC. We believe that bringing families of diverse backgrounds together is one that makes RELC a vital asset to the Evanston community.

Contact Information:

Catherine Merritt

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