Little Learners Preschool - New Permanent Classrooms!

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.

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.

Little Learners Preschool-Twos, Threes, Fours and Fives




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!