Little Learners Preschool offers a safe, child-centered environment to develop cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional learning. Play-based centers for math, phonics, dramatic play, music, science, computers, and art are designed for children to experience individual and small group learning. This multisensory hands-on approach to engagement is fun and instills a lifelong love of learning.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
This class is designed to make your child’s first preschool experience a calm and nurturing one. The Twos program focuses on separation and building positive relationships between child and teacher and teacher and parent. Your child is introduced to a variety of activities and experiences that encourage social awareness and cognitive development in a kind, nurturing, and playful environment!
Ages: 2 by September 1
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
This class is designed around child-directed play and developing independence. The Threes program focuses on socialization and communication skills. Cognitive, social-emotional, gross, and fine motor development are emphasized through play-based activities. Positive relationships between home and preschool continue to support learning through guided and independent experiences that make learning fun!
Ages: 3 by September 1
This class is designed for developing kindergarten readiness skills. The Fours program challenges children to think critically, problem solve and gain independence. Emphasis is placed on the development of academics through structured and unstructured activities created to bring the curriculum to life with meaningful experiences!
Ages: 4 by September 1
Twos with Me
Tuesdays/Thursdays, January 10-May 2
If your two-year-old is not ready for Little Learners Preschool, then learn sideby-side with your child. Each class focuses on experiences that aid in the development of language, sensory integration, and socialization. You will explore together through art, rhyming, and movement, while forming new friendships.
Age: 2 years old with adult
Fee R/NR: $550/$688
2023-2024 School Year Information
REGISTRATION: Registration is open for new and returning students. Please bring the Registration Form, a $100 deposit (non-refundable), and a copy of the child’s birth certificate to the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. There are limited non-resident student spots, so register early.
In August, you will receive a letter announcing your student’s teacher and an invitation to the Parent Orientation. Students in the Threes and Fours classes must be toilet trained at the start of the school year.
DATES: Preschool begins the week of September 5, 2023 and concludes the week of May 13, 2024. Classes follow the District 181 school calendar. There may be additional days designated by the Little Learners Preschool calendar.
PAYMENT: Annual tuition may be paid in full or automatic monthly payment starting September 15, 2023 through April 15, 2024. Billing information will be provided in August.
Little Learners Preschool is located at the Community Center. There are two classrooms devoted to early childhood learning.
Call to schedule a private tour with the Early Childhood Recreation Supervisor, Michelle Koegel.
Meet The Teachers
Hello! My name is Ms. Gretchen, and I have been instructing early childhood programs since 2007. As the lead teacher for 2’s and 3’s, my main goals are to foster an enjoyment of being at school and preparing students for the 4’s curriculum (which then will ultimately lead to yes, Kindergarten!). I have a vast amount of experience in music and truly enjoy bringing music to the classrooms. In addition to teaching preschool, I am certified in manners and etiquette.
When not instructing the 2’s and 3’s programs at Little Learners, I regularly perform tot and primary-school-aged music classes for local libraries and schools in the surrounding area. During the pandemic of 2020, I became certified in jump rope! I love learning!
Hello! My name is Ms. Veronica, and I currently attend school at College of Dupage, planning to transfer to Elmhurst University to receive my bachelors in early childhood education. My passion for teaching began when I worked at the Clarendon Hills Park District as a camp counselor. I also have experience babysitting and it’s also something I enjoy. I believe if the students have a good connection with their teacher they will succeed and have the ability to learn! It is my responsibility as a teacher to make sure the students feel comfortable, have fun, and feel safe in their learning environment.
Hi! My name is Ms. Faith, and I can’t wait to teach your two year olds! I graduated from the University of Illinois in May with a degree in communications and I plan on studying family law. That’s why I love to work with kids! I have many years of childcare experience as well as a lot of work experience with problem solving and conflict resolution-super helpful with the kiddos! I look forward to an awesome year.
A few of my favorites!
Tv show: Bobs Burgers
Drink: Diet Coke
Age to teach: two year olds!
Hello! My name is Ms. Claire, and I am the Lead Fours Teacher. I graduated in April of 2022 from the University of Redlands with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Though this is my first year teaching, I have been working for the Park District since 2015, primarily as the Assistant Director for our K-5th grade summer camp programs. I am excited to combine my background in childcare with my education in child and language development to create a fun, exciting, and safe space for our little learners to grow, learn, and prepare themselves for Kindergarten!
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite snack: Mott’s fruit snacks
Favorite drink: Kombucha
Favorite pastime: Backpacking
Favorite age to teach: Four!!
The Park District is maintaining touchless transactions.
- Confirm you have a Household Account created. If not, include the Household Form.
- Fill out and return the Registration Form via the Park District mailbox or email to Michelle Koegel, Early Childhood Recreation Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Include a $100 non-refundable deposit
- Include a copy of the child’s birth certificate
- Include a copy of the State of Illinois Certificate of Health Examination Form.