Little Learners PreschoolLittle 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.

Little Learners Preschool

Little Learners Preschool

2021-2022 School Year Information

PRESCHOOL SCHEDULE: Preschool begins after Labor Day, September 7 and 8. Preschool ends May 19 and 20. Tuition is due in two monthly installments on the 15th of the month; August and December.

REGISTRATION PROCESS: Please bring the Registration Form, a $100 deposit (non-refundable), and the child’s birth certificate to the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave.

In August you will receive a letter announcing your student’s teacher and an invitation to the Parent Orientation.


Tuesday and Thursday

Twos will enjoy daily songs, chants and music to lay the foundation for language skills as well as develop balance and coordination through movement and dance. Daily play with children as well as solitary play to develop imagination and creativity. While in preschool, children will develop inner tolerance by being away from home and at school. Must be 2 by September 1.

Tuition: $1,000 Resident Only


Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Threes emphasis is on learning through child-directed play and academics. One of the main goals is socialization. Children become acquainted with the classroom environment, learning how to listen, follow directions, take turns with other children and immerse themselves in both teacher-led and child-directed learning opportunities via our multi-sensory approach. Must be 3 by September 1.

Tuition: $1,800 Resident Only



Fours love connecting with friends and teachers as they explore learning through play. Our creative teachers bring curriculum to life through meaningful experiences. The curriculum is designed to support individual learning by varying content, materials and setting to developing the whole child. Must be 4 by September 1.

Tuition: $2,300 Resident Only



Fives continues to develop in a nurturing environment to support a more enrichment learning connection to science, technology, art, and math skills.
Must be 5 by September 1; this is an enrichment to attending Kindergarten class.

Tuition: $2,700 Resident Only



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Meet The Teachers

Michelle Koegel (Miss Mickey)


Michelle Koegel (Miss Mickey)

Michelle Koegel “Miss Mickey” earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from Saint Xavier University. She has been in early childhood education over eighteen years and loves it! Michelle feels truly lucky to be part of Active Learners Preschool. Her role as preschool teacher allows her to take every day with her students as an opportunity to wonder, make connections and grow through guided and independent play. She enjoys gardening, walking and movie nights with her husband, 6 children and 3 grandchildren.

Gretchen Malitz (Miss Gretchen)


Gretchen Malitz (Miss Gretchen)

Hello! My name is Gretchen Malitz (Miss Gretchen), and I have been in the field of early childhood education since 2007. I have a Master’s degree in music and truly enjoy bringing music to the classrooms. In addition to teaching preschool, I am certified in manners and etiquette. The last certification I earned in 2020 was becoming a certified jump rope instructor. I love learning!

Every Monday in Little Learners Preschool, I incorporate age-appropriate music time with instruments, singing, and guitar playing. Since 1995, I have performed and programmed tot music for several local libraries and schools in Chicago and surrounding western suburbs.

My main teaching goal for students is they develop a love of learning and socializing with others in the class!

Let’s Register!

The Park District is maintaining touchless transactions.

  1. Confirm you have a Household Account created.  If not, include the Household Form.
  2. Fill out and return the Registration Form via the Park District mailbox or email to Michelle Koegel, Early Childhood Recreation Supervisor,
  3. Include a $100 non-refundable deposit
  4. Include a copy of the child’s birth certificate
  5. Include a copy of the State of Illinois Certificate of Health Examination Form.