Curriculum - PS3_03The mission of Cheerful Home is to help at-risk, low-income children to learn and grow through an enriching and stimulating learning environment. We are committed to providing an educational curriculum emphasizing skills appropriate to the developmental level of each child. With this in mind, our curriculum focuses on the individual child according to the child’s rate of development. Each child receives personal assistance to reach their developmental milestones in the domains of: cognitive, language, social-emotional, aesthetic and physical development.


Our curriculum emphasizes active learning. We encourage children to be actively involved in the learning process, and to experience a multitude of developmentally appropriate activities and materials. We pursue their interests in the context of their lives, their community, and the world. Active learning is used in all the following areas:

  • Cognitive Development – The staff provide creative activities, discussions, and verbal interactions that help stimulate the analytical thought process. This includes logical thinking (ex: comparing and measuring), thinking symbolically (ex: using a banana as a phone), and problem solving.
  • Language Development – Teachers provide developmentally appropriate activities to foster good listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This includes teaching children how to hold a crayon or pencil, listen to a story, tell a story with pictures, recognize letters, write their names, recognize words, and begin to read.
  • Social-Emotional Development – Staff encourages and fosters acceptable social skills through play-based activities, role modeling, and the structure of our program. The staff interacts frequently with the children to express respect and affection by smiling, holding, and having meaningful conversations with the children. The children’s feelings and thoughts are honored by the staff. Staff recognizes and praises prosocial behaviors such as cooperation, helping, taking turns, and talking to solve problems.
  • Aesthetic Development – The staff provides the children, nurtures their appreciation of, and encourages their participation in art, nature, music, and fine arts experiences. Aesthetics is finding new ways of seeing and perceiving the world around us.  It is the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty, ugly, sublime, etc.
  • Physical Development – Teachers and staff assist the children to learn and accomplish large and small muscle coordination through play-based activities that foster and stimulate physical awareness and esteem. Physical development includes both fine motor skills (ex: cutting, lacing, sorting) and gross motor skills (ex: jumping, running and climbing).

Curriculum - PS4_02Upon entering Cheerful Home, each child is assessed to establish a baseline of where the child is developmentally. The Creative Curriculum assessments are continued tri-annually to determine each child’s growth in the areas of academic readiness, social skills, conflict resolution skills, fine and gross motor skills, diversity awareness and community belonging. Research indicates that these assessment areas contribute positively to school, home and community success. Creative Curriculum is a comprehensive early childhood educational system that emphasizes a practical, easy to understand approach to working with children. It promotes use of interest areas as a way of providing experiences that promote cognitive, social-emotional, physical, and language development.


Cheerful Home teachers complete weekly lesson plans to track the number of lessons in each of these developmental areas. This helps ensure the optimal learning curriculum and identify any potential shortfalls that could correlate with a child’s deficiencies in a particular developmental area. It is used to continually improve our curriculum to meet the needs of the children.


Monthly portfolios are maintained with developmental milestones of physical, aesthetic, cognitive, social-emotional and language development, which are shared with the parents during our bi-annual parent teacher conferences. This gives the parents an opportunity to talk privately with their child’s teacher and get insight on how they can further assist their child’s development. Additional conferences can be scheduled at any time throughout the year at the request of the parents, teachers, Outreach Coordinator or Executive Director to ensure the best possible learning experience for the children.

Our Contact Info

     315 South 5th Street
     Quincy, IL 62301




     [email protected]


     6:30 AM - 5:30 PM




315 South 5th Street

Quincy, IL



Cheerful Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC) and ExceleRate Illinois.