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Hillcrest Progressive School strives to create a love of learning in our children. Our progressive education model is designed to promote curiosity, a sense of inclusivity and self-awareness.

We are a non-profit preschool whose mission is to provide a nurturing environment where children can thrive emotionally, cognitively and physically. We’re dedicated to delivering excellent experiential learning that meets and exceeds all licensing regulations.

Educating children while fostering an appreciation of their heritage

Children’s earliest years play a critical role in their development so we treat each child as a seed to be nurtured. We provide each one with the tools needed to make the transition to elementary school — hands on projects that develop competence in working with words and numbers, reasoning and critical thinking. 

Socialization and the ability to work independently

We are dedicated to teaching children how to socialize and providing them with the skills they need to explore the world and work independently. Simultaneously we incorporate Jewish Values such as Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). We strive to teach children the importance of mutual respect, kindness, empathy and commitment to social justice and inclusivity.

Our children are cherished members of Hillcrest Progressive School

“Education is not to be viewed as something like filling a vessel with water but, rather, assisting a flower to grow in its own way.”

~Bertrand Russell

Our Vision

Hillcrest Progressive School aims to ignite in our children the love of learning

Our educational approach is informed by recognition and respect for the unique qualities of every child. Understanding that each of our students has specific needs, interests and passions. Unlike traditional educational institutions, we view our children as collaborators. Each one is a cherished member of our school. 

We optimize children’s learning and development and adhere to Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

Our preschool program is informed by best educational practices, innovation and creativity. We adhere to the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP), a framework in which educators optimize children’s learning and development by encouraging them to construct knowledge rather than simply take in information. Teachers adjust their curriculum to meet young children where they are developmentally, both individually and as part of a group. This helps each child reach challenging but achievable learning goals. 

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2024-2025 Academic Year and 2024 Summer Program 
Applications are available on our website under the Admissions Tab.  
Bussing information for Summer 2024 can be found under Admissions





For the current school year 2023 - 2024 applications,
please contact Gianna directly
at or 416-489-8355