Preschool and Child Care Information*

ABCD Academy | Bright Horizons | Busy Bees Montessori | Community Presbyterian PDO | District 57 Circle of Friends | District 59 Early Learning Center | Grace Lutheran Preschool | Kiddie Academy | Kindercare | Li’l Mountaineers Preschool (MPPD) | Mount Prospect Child Care Center | Park View Montessori | River Trails Park District | St. Emily School | St. Mark Preschool | St. Paul Lutheran School | St. Raymond School | Trinity Preschool | White Oak School

District 57 Circle of Friends 

Ages: Children ages 3-5; children must turn three on or before September 1st. Children who are five years old on or before September 1st must enroll in kindergarten. 

Description

Circle of Friends features a blended preschool model; half of the students qualify through an Individualized Education Plan due to moderate to severe special education needs and half of the students are typically developing peers who pay tuition. It is a language rich program co-taught by a special education teacher and a speech-language pathologist. Two assistants also support each classroom. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and social work services are provided based on students’ needs. Circle of Friends meets Tuesday-Friday for 2.5 hours. Class size is approximately 16 students. Bus transportation is not available for tuition-paying Circle of Friends students.  

Location and Contact

  • Website: www.d57.org 
  • Address:  Westbrook School  
    103 S. Busse Rd., Mount Prospect, IL 60056 
  • Contact: Karl Anderson, Assistant Principal and Early Childhood Coordinator
    kanderson@d57.org 
    (847) 394-7340 x2006

District 57 is committed to providing supportive programming and services to meet the needs of our youngest learners. Each month, Westbrook offers free screenings for children who demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics: 

  • Speech is difficult to understand or does not talk like other children his/her age; 
  • Has difficulty following directions or expressing themselves with words; 
  • Has difficulty getting along with other children; 
  • Is an English language learner; 
  • Has difficulty with coordination or motor skills; 
  • Has difficulty problem solving or coping with ordinary routines & expectations;
  • Experiences family difficulties that may put the child at risk for academic progress. 

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Mt. Prospect Park District – Li’l Mountaineers Preschool 2021-2022 

Ages: 

  • Almost 3’s – Must be 3 by February 1, 2022 
    • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM 
  • 3 Year Old – Must be 3 by September 1, 2021 
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday, 9:15 AM – 11:45 AM 
  • Pre-Kindergarten – Must be 4 by September 1, 2021 
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
  • Multi-Age – Must be 4 by February 1, 2021 
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday, 12:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Location and Contact

Description

Li’l Mountaineers Preschool Program provides an ideal early learning environment. Young children learn through active exploration of their surroundings through both free-play and structured activities. Our curriculum is tailored to both group and individual lessons. Preschool teachers and families work together to ensure an optimal learning experience. 

Class locations are TBD.  More detailed information will be available when state mandated guidelines and mitigations are in place for the school year. 

Registration begins Monday, February 8, 2021. $50 Registration Fee ($60 Non-residents) due at the time of registration. Please also provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

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River Trails Park District 

Ages: Classes for 2.5–4 years 

Description

Our Trail Blazers program is a developmentally appropriate program designed to help children grow and learn in a stimulating and nurturing environment. We look at the ”whole child” including intellectual, social, emotional, physical andcreative growth. Children develop differently in each area so the curriculum is carefully planned to include activities that help each child learn and grow in all areas. Children will be introduced to the basic academic and social skills of preschool and will be encouraged to develop problem solving skills, self-confidence andcreativity. Activities will include math, science, language skills, art, motor movement, music and dramatic play. All areas of each child’s growth are important and we provide opportunities for intellectual, social, physical and creative growth. Activities are presented in individual and group, structured and unstructured settings and Jolly Phonics curriculum is used for Kindergarten readiness. Our goal is for each child to develop alove of learning, tools to continue to learn, and a positive image of themselves. 

Location and Contact

  • Website: www.rtpd.org 
  • Address: River Trails Park District 
    1500 E. Euclid Ave., Mount Prospect, IL 60056 
  • Contact: Katie Halverson
    847-255-1200
    khalverson@rtpd.org

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Trinity Preschool 

Ages:

  • Five day classes for children who will be four years old by September 1st. Meets Monday-Friday 9:00-11:30 a.m. 
  • Three days classes for three and four year olds. Children must be at least three by September 1st. Meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-11:30 a.m. 
  • Two days classes for twos and threes. For children turning three between September and February of the school year. Must be potty-trained. Meets Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-11:30 a.m. 

Description

  • Focused on learning through play 
  • Activities emphasize kindergarten preparedness 
  • Follows Illinois Early Learning Standards for best practices. 
  • Child to teacher ratio is between 5:1 and 7:1 
  • Spacious classrooms 
  • All staff are infant and child CPR/First Aid certified  

Location and Contact

  • Website: www.trinitypreschoolmp.org 
  • Address: 605 W. Golf Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 
  • Contact: Call 847-357-1513 today to schedule an appointment for you and your child. Registration is ongoing.

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District 59 Early Learning Center 

The CCSD59 Early Learning Center (ELC) is a state-of-the-art facility constructed with children in mind. Our goal is to support the development of the whole child and to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which children will grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Our dedicated, caring staff design engaging, developmentally appropriate, hands-on learning opportunities to meet the needs and interests of our learners. Our program is coordinated with the CCSD59 K-8 program. In addition, we partner with and engage our students’ families by offering additional learning opportunities to parents and guardians.

Location and Contact

  • Website: https://elc.ccsd59.org 
  • Address: 1900 W Lonnquist Blvd, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
  • Contact: Please contact the main office for more information about enrollment: 847-593-4306 

Program Offerings

  • Tuition-based programming – for children who are typically developing 
  • Grant-based programming – The Preschool for All Program is a preschool program funded by an Illinois state grant for children ages 3-5 years old (not eligible for kindergarten) who meet program criteria 
  • Special education programming – for children who have a disability 

Screening 

CCSD59 provides preschool screenings/assessment of children ages 3-5 in the following areas: communication, motor, cognitive, social/emotional and vision/hearing. This assessment is used to determine eligibility for services and programming provided at the ELC. For further information concerning preschool screening, please contact our office at 847-593-4306. 

Modern Learning

At the ELC, our students engage in modern learning through learning experiences and environments which allow for student choice, exploration, creative expression, problem solving, practice of school-readiness skills, technology, and growth across domains (social-emotional, motor, cognitive/language). These hands-on experiences foster the development of the whole child and prepare our students for success today and in the future. 

Daily Schedule

All teachers include the following components in their classroom: 

  • Large Group/Circle Time: A group gathering to hear about the day’s activities, learn new concepts, share ideas or story time, and many others 
  • Choice-Center Time: Children select activities in interest areas which include literacy, math, dramatic play, blocks, science, sensory table, table toys, art, library, technology, and more. Learning is child-centered through play facilitated by educators in each classroom. 
  • Snack Time: Snack time encourages communication between children, self-help skills, and good manners. 
  • Playground/Gross Motor Time: Large motor skills are enhanced through obstacle courses, physical games, playground use, and gross motor activities. 

Literacy and language skills, along with social-emotional skills, are promoted throughout the entire day. 

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St. Paul Lutheran School 

Ages:

  • Saint Paul enrolls students from 3 years of age in pre-kindergarten, up through 8th grade.  
  • Children need to be 3-years-old by November 1st and potty trained to enroll.
  • We offer both full-day and half-day options for pre-kindergarten with options to enroll for 2, 3, or 5 days of school.  
  • Those enrolling in kindergarten may choose a full-day, 5-day per week schedule, or enroll for combo kindergarten that allows for half-days on Mondays and Fridays. 

Location and Contact

  • Website: www.saint-paul.org 
  • Address: 100 S. School Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 
  • Contact: Amy Cimarusti, Admissions Director and Pre-Kindergarten Director 
    847-255-6733

Description

  • Enrollment for new families begins in February.
  • Before and after school care typically starts at 7 a.m., and ends at 6 p.m.  
  • Tuition is discounted for families enrolling more than one student.
  • Our school has achieved National Blue Ribbon status, and is also accredited by the National Lutheran School Accreditation.  
  • A sense of community is built through the many opportunities for families to be involved in both school and church activities.  
  • As a faith based program, we foster a caring community with a focus on ‘service over self’ at all levels, with age-appropriate service opportunities. 
  • Our pre-k program is play based, utilizing Illinois Early Learning Standards as an appropriate guide.  
  • We maintain appropriate staff to student ratios, with a maximum group size of 16 students with 2 adults in our pre-k program.  
  • Daily opportunities for large motor play both indoors and out at our early childhood play space.  
  • Ongoing parent communication helps teachers partner with families.

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St. Raymond School 

Ages: Our preschool program serves children ages 3-5. Students must be 3 years old by September 1st to be enrolled in the preschool program. We have one program for 3 year olds and all other programs are multi-age, mixing 3 and 4 year old students. Our curriculum includes research based programs such as Jolly Phonics and Handwriting Without Tears. We instill a thorough foundation for literacy and language as well as math development through play-based activities.  

  • 3-Year-Old Class: Tuesday/Thursday – 8:10-11:15 a.m. – $1975/year 
  • Multiage AM Class: Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 8:05-11:15 a.m. – $2630/year 
  • Multiage PM Class: Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 12:05-3:10 p.m. – $2630/year 
  • Multiage 5AM Class: Monday-Friday – 8:05-11:15 a.m. – $3770/year 
  • Multiage All Day Class: Monday-Friday – 8:05 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. – $7315/year 

Location and Contact

  • Website: www.st-raymond.org 
  • Address: 300 S. Elmhurst Ave, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 
  • Contact: Call 847-253-8555 for more information

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St. Mark Preschool

Ages: Ages 3-6 

Description 

St. Mark Preschool has been developing the confidence and self-esteem of children in our community for over 50 years. Since Preschool is your child’s first school experience, we believe in providing a welcoming, safe, and encouraging environment. Their experience here helps lay the groundwork for a successful school journey. 

Location and Contact

  • Website: www.stmarkmp.org 
  • Address: 200 S. Wille Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 
    (West end of the St. Mark Lutheran Church building) 
  • Contact: Director, Barb Zediker 
    847-873-1110 

With our revamped curriculum, your student will experience inquiry-based learning with an emphasis on art, science, and technology. Students work collaboratively while practicing real-world problem-solving. Aided by the latest educational techniques, your son or daughter will learn by making and by doing, while developing social skills and relationships that can last well beyond the preschool years.

The preschool program’s focus is child-centered with an emphasis on learning through 
self-discovery and all the senses, encouraging curiosity and assisting your child to develop at a comfortable pace. 

Flexibility is a key component of program design, scheduling, and curriculum, so you as the parent(s) or guardian(s) can take advantage of all that St. Mark Preschool has to offer and balance it with the rigors of daily life. Open five days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Kindergarten Enrichment exemplifies flexible programming where children can continue to grow and develop outside the academic rigors of their school day. 

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ABCD Academy

Ages: Classes offered for 6 weeks-5 years 

Description

Our mission at ABCD Academy is that your children get noticed, feel appreciated, and their opinions are heard and accepted. By applying modern early childhood education methods we provide a developmentally appropriate environment in which our preschoolers learn to speak both Polish and English, acquire the skills of solving problems, making friends, and overcoming difficulties through fun and play activities.

Location and Contact

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Kiddie Academy

Ages: Programs for children 6 weeks-12 years 

Description

Every day your child’s imagination grows and their curiosity gathers momentum—Kiddie Academy of Mount Prospect empowers and celebrates all of it. Our Life Essentials® learning approach and curriculum encourages children to explore and progress in their own way, and at their own pace. At Kiddie Academy of Mount Prospect, your child will grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Our highly trained teachers are there every step of the way to guide, nurture and cultivate your child’s development.

Location and Contact

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Grace Lutheran Preschool

Ages:

  • For children 3 years old:  
    • Two days per week – class meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings September through May from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m. 
    • Tuition – non-members $130 per month & members $117 per month 
  • For children 4 years old by September 1st: 
    • Three days per week – class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings September through May from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m.  
    • Tuition – non-members $190 per month & members $171 per month 
  • For children 3 and 4 years old: 
    • Five days per week – class meets Monday through Friday mornings September through May from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m. 
    • Tuition – non-members $295 per month & members $265 per month 

Location and Contact

Description

Our Mission is to nurture each child as a unique individual, created in the image of God, and to support their growth, development, and self-confidence in a warm and caring community. Grace Preschool engages in a play-based curriculum so that each child can develop their whole being — mental, social, emotional and physical to their full potential. Children have class time dedicated to group time including calendar, weather, flag, story time and singing of songs as well as free choice time at our interest centers.  

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Park View Montessori

Ages: 6 weeks-6 years

Description

Park View Montessori School strives to create an enriched environment so children are inspired to reach their highest potential using the Montessori philosophy of education. This fosters a strong sense of community and respect for self, others, and the environment, which builds a strong academic foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Location and Contact

A Montessori environment is a community in miniature. The children are expected to follow the rules established in that community.  This is not always an easy task for a preschooler. At this age, children believe that they are the center of the universe and everything revolves around their wishes and whims. When they enter the Montessori environment, they quickly discover that they have to sublimate their wants and desires to those of the larger group. In this way, they begin learning the important lessons of self-control, sharing, and good citizenship.

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Busy Bees Montessori

Ages: 6 weeks-6 years

Description

We believe that each child is a unique individual with abilities, ambitions, thoughts and desires; and that the first few years are the most important years in life. With teachers and families working together as a team, we will encourage and teach each child to reach their potential by learning with leadership and humanity. 

Location and Contact

We work with families as a team to assist children in building the foundation of their education and help them achieve excellence in life. Our purpose is to assist each child’s social, intellectual, and physical development by giving them the opportunity to interact in a Montessori-prepared environment.

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White Oak School

Ages: 2-8 years

Description

We at White Oak are greatly concerned with your child’s welfare. We strive toward helping your child in their physical, emotional, mental, and intellectual development. Our program is planned to develop a creative mind as well as gross and fine motor skills. These goals will be achieved through the use of easel and finger painting, clay, crayons, chalk, scissors, stories, singing, dancing, rhythm, basic exercises, and free and creative play.

Location and Contact

Quick facts about White Oak School and Day Care: 

  • Since 1960, family owned and operated  
  • Open daily year round Ages 2-8; Nursery School; Before and After School Care  
  • State subsidized payment plans accepted  
  • Half acre location within a residential area  
  • Large outdoor play area with age and developmentally appropriate equipment  
  • State licensed with fully qualified and CPR/First Aid trained staff  
  • Out of school field trips  
  • Nutritionally balanced meals and snacks prepared on-site in our fully equipped kitchen 
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum designed and implemented to reach the needs of every child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth within a consistently staffed environment

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Mount Prospect Child Care Center

Ages: 15 months-5 years

Description

Our Vision: To become the leading early childhood center of choice for young children, providing family-friendly service, direction, and collaborative liaisons for a diverse community.

Location and Contact

  • Website: http://www.mpccc.net/ 
  • Address: 406-408 E. Northwest Highway, Mount Prospect, IL, 60056 
  • Contact: 847-253-5877 

Our Mission: To support quality early childhood education and related services, while striving to empower young children through family-friendly support and education. 
 
We endeavor to fulfill that mission each day and year by:   

  • Providing resources and information to teachers, families, and the community regarding early childhood issues.   
  • Forming meaningful collaborations with teachers, families, community, and other interested agencies.   
  • Becoming advocates for our young children and their families. 

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St. Emily School

Ages: 3-4 years

Description

Explore St. Emily’s Interactive Slide

Pre-Kindergarten is your child’s introduction to formalized learning.  As such, St. Emily’s 3 and 4 year old Pre-Kindergarten provides a faith-based, engaging and nurturing environment in which your child can comfortably explore, wonder, question and investigate the world.  Our program provides the opportunity for your child to develop spiritually, emotionally, academically, and physically.  Emphasis is placed on early social skills, interaction with peers, sharing, being a good friend, cooperation and taking turns.

Location and Contact

A typical full day focuses on academics in the morning and a more relaxed schedule in the afternoon. For instance, the morning will always consist of prayer and then any combination of calendar, weather, jobs, table toys, art projects, water-table, coloring and cutting, songs and finger-play, books, colors, shapes, numbers, journaling, letters, phonics skills, handwriting instruction, and a snack. After lunch there is a rest time and then another snack with time to play games, finish up morning work, and outdoor play.  Computers, Spanish and physical education are also incorporated into the program.  

We hold sacred the lives entrusted to us and pledge to foster an environment consistently conductive to the development of a positive self image in each child. 

Tuition and fees are competitive and allow us to hire a professional faculty and staff who will get to know your child on an individual basis and provide an excellent and fun learning environment.

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Community Presbyterian PDO

Ages: 1-4 years

Description

Community Presbyterian Church’s Parents Day Out (PDO) programs are dedicated to providing children with a safe and loving environment. Our goals are to help your child grow socially, creatively, and academically through the use of centers, group and independent play, music and crafts. Teachers provide a stimulating, enjoyable, and caring environment and work with each child and their parents to nurture their growth and development. We offer four-hour classes with our school year programs as well summer camp programs for children ages one through five.

Location and Contact

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Kindercare

Ages: 6 weeks-12 years

Description

From curriculum to teachers, our approach to early education inspires a love for learning. We offer a warm, safe, and nurturing environment designed to develop your child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills. It’s our mission from the moment you walk into our center that you feel welcomed and a part of our KinderCare family! 

Elementary Schools Bussed To: 
Windsor, Dryden, Fairview, Westbrook, Eisenhower, Betsy Ross, and Euclid. 

Location and Contact

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Bright Horizons 

Ages: 6 weeks-6 years

Description

We’ve been a proud community member since 1987 and we recognize how important new beginnings are in your child’s development. That’s why our highly trained teachers focus on stimulating curriculum that engages children with hands-on materials each day. We have gardening boxes so your little one can discover how plants grow, a reading nook to spark a love of books, and wonderful outdoor learning and play areas so they can interact and connect with the outdoors. We offer flexible enrollment options and a convenient location by Golf and Elmhurst Roads, Hunt Club on The Lake, and the Redemption Bible Church. Come visit us today!

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*We invited area preschools to offer basic information and descriptions for this listing. This guide is a compilation of the responses we received; the library does not endorse schools or curriculum but offers this information as a resource for the community.