Innovation Learning at Westfield Elementary School
We believe in the power of a child’s mind. With decades of educational experience as teachers, school administrators, and parents, we know a child’s capacity to learn and innovate is unleashed when we engage them.
Our program is designed around the idea that students should be active participants and experience increased control of their own learning. We offer a flexible format so students can make choices about what and how they learn during their before and after school program. Couple this with the training we provide to our staff, teaching them to act as learning facilitators, better positions Innovation Learning students for success. Over decades as career educators, we have crafted the ideal framework that marries structured, research-based and skill-building methods with adaptable, creative frameworks that allow children to become innovators.
Innovation Learning is a place where children can be physically active, mentally engaged and creatively inspired while still focusing on the characteristics rooted in innovation: Collaboration, Curiosity, Communication and Creative Problem Solving. Every program consists of weekly components: Inovation Stations, Academic Support, Discovery Play and TINKER Time.
Serving all students (K – 4) from Westfield Elementary School
2309 9th Street, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096
AM Care: 6:30 am – 7:40 am
PM Care: 2:40 pm – 6:00 pm (M,T, TH, F)
PM Care: 1:40 pm – 6:00 pm (Early Release Wednesdays)
All parents must have a valid payment method (credit or debit card) on file for their child to attend the program.
Payment is deducted every Friday for the upcoming week.
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What They're Saying...
“We love that Innovation Learning offers interactive and fun activities that incorporate learning. We enjoy the curriculum and topics that have been explored. The teacher is dedicated to the students and it shows that he cares about their success in school.”
- Dana, Parent
“It has been a positive experience for our families and the school personnel. Innovation Learning’s services strengthen and enhance our instructional program while keeping up with the expectations we have established in our schools.”
- Bhavna Sharma-Lewis, Ph.D, District Superintendent
“The staff is so friendly and caring and take their time to really get to know, not only the children, but the parents as well. My son loves attending and is saddened on those days when he is not there, I am running behind, or I pick him up early and he does not get to see his friends…”
- Cynthia, Parent
“The kids are given a great balance of encouragement, exercise, STEAM learning, and hands-on activities to promote education and creativeness. I highly recommend this beneficial childcare!”
- Melinda, Parent
“One of the most impressive things I saw this year was the projects or "units" that the kids worked on. I am unsure of the specifics, but the children worked in groups to research volcanoes and then give a relatively formal presentation, ending with a model volcano that actually erupted! The kids were so proud to present what they learned, and all age kids were able to take part - even my preschooler.”
- Amy, Parent
“For the first time in 10 years, I am thrilled with After School services and believe in their ability to actually strengthen and enhance our instructional program while keeping with the culture we have established in our school. Pure Genius. Thank you, Innovation Learning!”
- Dr. Stephanie Musser, Executive Director, Candeo Schools
“He loves engaging in the STEM learning program as well. We have been so impressed with the things he has learned and been able to dream up through the program. We couldn't think of a better program for him!”
- Corinne, Parent
“What stood out to me about this program is the fact that my child is always doing something different. I love that he’s never bored, and he actually asks me to go more days than he currently attends!”
- Jennifer, Parent