Northside Peoria - Willow Knolls 
2327 W Willow Knolls Rd 
Peoria, Illinois 61614 
(309) 691-4326

Downtown Peoria - Greenleaf 
700 NE Greenleaf 
Peoria, Illinois 61603 
(309) 674-2938 


Conflict Resolution and Social Skills. Click to read!

So many children have Ipads or Ipods these days. We are plugged into technology from birth it seems. I am not discouraging the use of these things; many apps are wonderful at fostering the development of young minds. However, the successful child needs social interaction in order to learn conflict resolution, problem solving and powers of persuasion, as well as the ability to share. At PALS, we teach your child the skill sets of success and so much more. Come take a tour today!

Raising a Successful Child

Praise and Leadership Schools in Peoria IL

Our Story

Stories About PALS

Hi, my name is . My parents were, and are, amazing. They instilled in each of their children confidence, a work ethic, determination, abilities to accomplish our dreams and so much more. When I was in high school, I sat next to children my own age who already had children and had a full on plan to collect welfare for the rest of their lives. Peoria has one of the highest unwed birthrates in the nation. I would ask these kids what they wanted to be when they grew up and they told me they would collect welfare. Their mom’s mom did it, their mom did it, and that’s what they were going to do too. It was like a family business.

We each had to have a topic at the family dinner table every night and this became mine. My parents also recognized this need and decided to start a nonprofit childcare center dedicated to setting the standard for education. Why childcare? It seems it would certainly be easier to teach an adult. With children we have to be creative and make it fun, which offers additional benefits. However, my father likes to say, “If you want to bend a tree you bend it when it is young.” As a child grows he becomes more independent more opinionated and formed about his view of the world. As parents and educators we have the duty to help forge these thoughts and opinions early so that each child fulfills their fullest potential on this planet, leaving it a better place than they found it and creating an excellent life for themselves in the process.

I was passionate about PALS, and knew I wanted to work here to help mold PALS into the standard for excellence in education. I want you to do what is right for your child. The first years are the most formative if you have the ability and desire to stay home with your child, do! You will never get these years back. But when your child is ready for socialization, or if you don’t have the luxury and need to work, I hope you find everything in PALS that we are working so hard to create. I hope your child chooses to come back to visit or to volunteer because he/she loved it so much as so many of our children do. I hope they are just as happy as the many PALS parents today who went to PALS!

Our innovative curriculum

PALS Praise & Leadership Schools uses curriculum that helps children develop spatial awareness, logic and reason, and gross motor skills. Our curriculum introduces foundational cognitive reasoning that teaches and enhances language arts, arithmetic, social skills, and understanding of the surrounding world.

Our daily schedule includes child-directed activity centers, stories and songs, group games, art projects, and valuable creative playtime. We also provide meditative rest periods, nutritious meals, and nonstop adult supervision to ensure your child is safe. We believe young minds are the most malleable to learning self-responsibility and compassion, and our program sees amazing results as our students go on to quality elementary schools and programs.

Our team of education experts

The fully licensed early childhood education instructors at PALS Praise & Leadership Schools have a passion for inspiring children while nurturing their needs. Our staff is handpicked and trained in the latest pedagogy in developmental education on an ongoing basis. Our campuses in North Peoria and Downtown Peoria in the State of Illinois are designed to be fully accessible for young children, as well as safe and secure. Fill out our online form today to schedule your campus tour.

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