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.
Tuesday and Thursday
8:45-10:15am & 10:30-12:00pm
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
2022-2023 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 Three’s and Four’s classes must be toilet trained at the start of the school year.
DATES: Preschool begins the week of September 6, 2022 and concludes the week of May 15, 2023. Classes follow District 181
school calendar. There may be additional days designated by Little Learners Preschool calendar.
PAYMENT: Tuition is due in two installments on the 1st of the month; August and December. You may also pay in full at registration.
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
Gretchen Wells (Miss Gretchen)
Hello! My name is Gretchen Wells (Miss 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!
Veronica Brown (Miss Veronica)
Hello! My name is Veronica Brown (Miss 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.
Erin Sexton (Miss Erin)
Miss Erin is thrilled to join Little Learners Preschool. She has many years of childcare experience and professional experience in law and finance. During her time as a stay-at-home mom, she was a frequent classroom volunteer, and discovered a passion for early education. Over the years, she has helped preschoolers with weekly writing projects, presented story times, and led crafts and games in the classroom. She also co-chaired an after-school community service club for elementary students, and has been an active volunteer for local non-profits.
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, email@example.com
- 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.