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Our Mission

The mission of Ottawa Opportunity School is to serve children and families in our community by providing a high quality, affordable early childhood education program, and by establishing a working partnership between family and school.

Opportunity School shall be regarded as part of the mission program of the First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa and its outreach program.

NAEYC Accreditation 

Exciting News for Opportunity School!!  We are Re-Accredited!


Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation.


Ottawa, Illinois – Ottawa Opportunity School located in Ottawa, IL has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.


NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. 


To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Ottawa Opportunity School went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.


In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 6,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition. 


“NAEYC-Accredited programs have committed to a process that takes time, energy and dedication to complete” states Alissa Mwenelupembe, Senior Director Early Learning Program Accreditation.”  Ottawa Opportunity School has demonstrated their commitment to young children and their families.” For additional information on Ottawa Opportunity School visit



For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.

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