McCormick Montessori Procedures

Safety Protocols:

Security and safety are extremely important. Some specific security measures include: 

  • Completing Background and Criminal History checks on all employees and volunteers.
  • Permitting only authorized persons to enter the building and/or pick up children.
  • Keeping all outside doors locked at all times.
  • Routinely fingerprinting and photographing the children, in conjunction with the City of Chicago and
  • Lifetouch Portraits, for official records.
  • Having our staff trained in CPR and First Aid procedures. 
  • Posting all the names of children with allergies and asthma in each classroom, so all staff is aware. 
  • Having a fire alarm system which rings automatically at the Fire Department and conducting fire drills on a regular basis. Smoke/heat detectors have been installed in every room. Fire extinguishers are readily available for use throughout the center. Fire drills are completed monthly.
  • Having a fully enclosed playground, with direct supervision of the children at all times. 

What do students eat while at McCormick Montessori?

All of our programming tuition includes hot lunch and two snacks (morning and afternoon). Lunch is provided by Gourmet Gorilla Inc., which specializes in local and organic food for kids. We also provide infant formula as needed. Snacks are available through the Swedish Covenant Health's Food Services Department. Food menus are available to parents on a monthly basis. 

What if my child has a food restriction or allergy?

The names of all children, along with their known allergies or food restrictions, are posted in each classroom. The center follows a strict no-peanut policy. Vegetarian entrees are available. Parents can provide soy products for any dairy restrictions, if needed.     

Do the children play outdoors? How often?

Absolutely! The children play outside one to two times a day (weather permitting). We have a completely enclosed 32’ x 60’ playground on the west side of the building. The children also routinely play on the pedestrian parkway in the front of the center and take walks to River Park (west of Francisco Ave.) as well as Budlong Elementary playground in the summer. 

How does McCormick approach “discipline”? 

We believe in positive guidance and discipline techniques, focused on developing a child’s strengths, rather than punishment. Forms of discipline may include having the child “take a break” and sit quietly for a few minutes, discussing the problem and solution with the child and diverting the child’s attention to another activity. Parents and classroom staff will be made aware of any patterns of disciplinary issues and will cooperate in carrying out the specific plan developed for that child’s behavior. Children will not be excluded from outdoor playtime as a form of discipline. 

Do parents need to bring diapers and wipes?

Parents are responsible for supplying diapers and wipes. 

Does my child need to be potty-trained?

Children in the Primary classrooms must be toilet trained. Children in the Toddler rooms are in the process of toilet learning. Our staff works with families to determine individual child readiness and to make a plan for family partnership in the process. 

Do the children go on field trips?

Given the young age and large number of children, we do not transport the children on any field trips. Occasionally, we will bring special programming to the center (e.g. musical performances, petting zoo, etc.)    

How do we pay tuition?

Tuition payment is accepted by credit card. Swedish Covenant Health employees also have the option to pay by payroll deduction. 

How often is tuition billed?

Credit card charges or payroll deduction occur bi-weekly, coinciding with the Swedish Covenant Health pay day, and will be done two weeks in advance of services. 

Do you charge a late fee if I am late picking up my child?

Families who pick up their child(ren) within fifteen minutes after the center’s closing will be charged $15 per child. After 15 minutes, an additional dollar per minute per child will be added to the fee.    

Do you allow breastfeeding? Can I send breastmilk for my child?

Yes, we have an “open-door” policy on breastfeeding and nursing mothers are welcomed to nurse their children while they are in our care. In addition, our Infant classroom has a refrigerator/freezer designated for the storage of breast milk.