Madison Elementary School
5100 Madison Street
Skokie, IL 60077
847.675.3048, Ext. 1119 {phone}
847.675.1691 {fax}

TOPS (Teaching our Preschoolers) Pre-K provides a developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum with an emphasis on literacy. We have the option of morning or afternoon classes for three and four year olds. Students must live in School District 69 to enroll in our preschool.

Gold Circle of Quality
Our pre-k program is recognized by the State of Illinois as one of the highest quality early childhood programs in the state. See our Gold Circle of Quality award by clicking on the link below:
Gold Circle Award

Our Philosophy
The TOPS Pre-K program supports the development of the whole child and provides opportunities for learning which facilitate each child’s cognitive, emotional, social, and motor development.

We believe that children learn best through hands-on play based experiences and exploration. We believe that a secure and nurturing classroom creates a positive learning environment, which will simulate each child’s growth and development.

Our Curriculum
The TOPS Pre-K curriculum is coordinated with Madison’s K-2 program to better develop skills in reading, writing, science, social skills, and mathematics. Our state certified teachers weave literacy skills into our daily routine. We enhance our curriculum using Get Set for School, Jolly Phonics, and the Second Step social skills program. TOPS follows the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, (NAEYC), Creative Curriculum, and the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. Developmentally appropriate instruction promotes thinking, speech/language, social/emotional, and large and small motor skills growth. Children engage in hands-on experiences, which enhance their joy of learning. Each child’s strengths and abilities are celebrated in an individual portfolio which contains work samples, pictures, and documentation of developmental milestones.