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Preschool / Playschool





2017-2018 Preschool Registration Information:
Priority Registration Ends: Thursday, February 2nd, 5:00P
Open Registration Begins: Saturday, February 4th at 8:30A


Registration can be done on-line (you will need your Park District username/password), in-person at our Administrative Office: 218 Madison Street, or at the Gymnastics & Recreation Center (GRC): 21 Lake Street.  Registration for our programs is on-going, pending availability. 

Children are required to be the minimum age by their first day of attendance.  At the time of registration you will need to:

  • Pay first month’s tuition
  • Pay $50 non-refundable registration fee

Register for Preschool now!

Playschool: Ages 2-3
Monthly Fee: Res $99/NR $148

Program: Time/ Location/ Activity #

Field AM - M/W: 8:30-10:00A/ Field Center/ 563004-01
Field PM - M/W: 10:30A-12:00P/ Field Center /563004-02

Field AM - T/Th: 8:30-10:00A /Field Center /563004-03

Field PM - T/Th: 10:30A-12:00P /Field Center /563004-04

Barrie AM - T/Th: 9:00-10:30A /Barrie Center / 563004-06

Barrie PM - T/Th: 11:00A-12:30P / Barrie Center /563004-07


Mini-Preschool: Ages 2.5-3
Monthly Fee: Res $170/NR

Program: Time/ Location/ Activity #

Barrie MWF: 9:00-11:00A/ Barrie Center/ 563012-01

Preschool: Ages 3-4
TTH Monthly Fee: Res $140/NR $210
MWF Monthly Fee: Res$210/$365

Program: Time/ Location/ Activity #

Barrie MWF: 8:45-11:45A/ Barrie Center/ 563005-01
Longfellow MWF: 8:45-11:45A/ Longfellow Center/ 563005-02
Barrie TTh: 8:45-11:45A/ Barrie Center/ 563005-03
Longfellow TTh: 8:45-11:45A/ Longfellow Center/ 563005-04

Nature-based Preschool: Ages 3-5
TTH Monthly Fee: Res $172/NR $258
MWF Monthly Fee: Res$265/$397

Program: Time/ Location/ Activity #

Nature-based MWF: 8:45-11:45A/ Austin Center/ 563005-05
Nature-based TTh: 8:45-11:45A/ Austin Center/ 563005-06


Prekindergarten: Ages 4-5
M-F Monthly Fee: Res $403/NR $605

Program: Time/ Location/ Activity #

Longfellow Center M-F: 8:30A-12:00P/ Longfellow Center/ 563003-01
Carroll Center M-F: 8:30A-12:00P/ Carroll Center/ 563003-02

Our Goal

Through age appropriate PLAY we create a nurturing environment that provides young children an opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, and cognitively through hands-on exploration, experimentation, and socialization.

Why is PLAY important?

Through PLAY children’s emotional development is supported as they begin to socialize, communicate, problem-solve, and interact with their peers.  Body awareness, as well as muscle growth takes place during PLAY; from scribbling with a crayon to drawing representational objects or from jumping in place to hopping on one foot.  PLAY is an essential and critical part of each child’s development and connects them to their imagination and creativity.  PLAY is important to us because it:   

  • Builds social skills and relationships
  • Develops communication, cooperation, and emotional expression
  • Encourages responsible risk-taking, curiosity, creativity, and independence
  • Develops a sense of self-control, self-confidence, and self-discipline

Our Teachers


Our teachers have a wide variety of experience in the education and/or recreation field. They are committed to providing each individual child with a safe, comforting, and positive classroom environment. Their focus is preparing your child for kindergarten and beyond - introducing them to an approach to learning that will carry them throughout their school years and develop in them, a lifelong love of learning. Each of our teachers has successfully completed a background check and required to have active First Aid & CPR certifications.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our staff and their professional development. All of our teachers are required to participate in a minimum of 15 continuing education hours each year by participating in Early Childhood workshops, college courses, or conferences.  They put much of themselves into the program,and we value them for their individual strengths and team player attitudes!


Our Program

Playschool (Ages 2-3)
This class is a great first independent experience for your child! Playschool is designed to provide a warm, nurturing environment for children 2-3 years of age. This transition from home to school will emphasis the active development of your child’s social, emotional, and cognitive skills. The caring, qualified teachers will focus on preschool preparedness such as: taking turns, following directions, listening, and sharing. Language development is supported through daily theme based activities that include ABC’s, counting, story time, songs, games, and projects.

Potty training is not required to enroll in this program; however upon an accident, parents/guardians will be contacted to return to school to assist their child as our teachers are not equipped and/or trained in diaper changing.

Sample Daily Schedule – Playschool
9:00 -9:50 Center Time
9:50-10:00 Morning Group
10:00-10:20 Gross Motor Activity/Outside Play
10:20-10:30 Story time and Snack


Preschool (Ages 3-4) – DCFS Licensed
Our Preschool program offers children an opportunity to participate in a variety of age appropriate activities as they develop socially, emotionally, and cognitively through PLAY. Classroom activities are planned to meet the varying needs of each child. Students will be introduced to letters and numbers as they explore different themes, shapes, colors, and concepts. Teachers focus on the development of each students: problem solving skills, ability to make real life connections, and peer relationships through everyday math, reading, social, and science discovery.

Participants in preschool MUST be potty/toilet-trained.

Sample Daily Schedule - Preschool:
9:00- 9:20 Guided Play
9:20-9:30 Morning Group
9:30-10:30 Center Time
10:30 -10:50 Handwashing/Snack
10:50 -11:20 Gross Motor Activity/Outside Play
11:20- 11:30 Storytime
11:30-11:45 Large Group Activity
11:45- 12:00 Closing Group

Nature-based Preschool (Ages 3-5)

Our Nature-based program utilizes the natural world as a catalyst for a discovery-based curriculum with unique, hands-on learning experiences for your sprouting 3-5 year old.  Your child will have the opportunity to actively engage in science, math, language, art, and music and movement activities as they interact with nature both in the outdoor multi-sensory garden and plant-based indoor playground at the new sustainably built Austin Gardens location.  A low teacher/student ratio enables children to work together as they make connections between themselves and the world around them.


Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5) - DCFS Licensed
Our Pre-Kindergarten program offers a developmentally appropriate, PLAY based class designed to meet the needs of children transitioning from preschool into kindergarten. Classroom activities are planned so that children can work independently, as well as in small and large groups. Curriculum materials focus on phonemic awareness, writing, math, and reading readiness while promoting independent thinking and problem solving skills. Our program goal is to provide academic opportunities that are critical in developing your child’s foundation for future school success. To enhance our students learning for a bi-lingual future, this readiness program will introduce participants to basic colors, shapes, and numbers in Spanish as well as English.

Sample Daily Schedule - Pre-Kindergarten:
9:00-9:20 Table Time
9:20-9:30 Morning Group Time
9:30- 9:40 Music and Movement
9:40- 10:10 Small Group  Rotations:Literacy/Math/Science/Drama/Spanish
10:10-10:40 Gross Motor Activity/Outside Play
10:40-11:10 Hand washing/snack
11:10-12:10 Center Time
12:10-12:30 Closing Group Time

Please note, program schedules vary per program/center and are a guideline for classroom routines; adjustments to daily schedules may occur due to special events, activities, or student needs.

Contact Us

For more information on any of these programs contact:
Barb Grooms
Program Supervisor

Andersen Center Line: (708) 426-3585

Barrie Center Preschool  Line: (708) 426-3978
Barrie Center Playschool  Line: (708)426-3977

Carroll Center Line: (708) 426-3571

Field Center Line: (708) 426-3966

Longfellow Center Line: (708) 613-1042

Austin Gardens Line: (708)670-7187


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