Preschool

Registration for 2014-2015 School Year is ongoing for Preschool, Full-Day Preschool, Early Bird for Preschool and Lunch Bunch.
 
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Early Childhood Center Preschool 

The 2014-2015 school year
It is the goal of the Wilmette Park District's Early Childhood Center to provide a program for three and four-year-olds that is nurturing, allows children to grow through their natural instinct to explore, lays a solid foundation of self-confidence and prepares children for elementary school.
          Our program, licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services, is based on the philosophy that children learn through play and experience. When given the opportunity, children will naturally explore, discover, learn to cooperate with others, and develop a strong self-esteem. Through a wide variety of experiences, children develop their social, emotional and physical skills as well.
          At the Early Childhood Center children are offered a chance to learn in a place where each child meets with approval and success. Our teachers offer children a variety of individual, small and large group activities. We do this because we believe it is important that every child have a positive learning experience. Utilizing the Creative Curriculum approach, endorsed by the National Association of Educating Young Children, each classroom conducts weekly studies, offering area for blocks and dramatic play, small and large motor activities, quiet time as well as experiences with music, art, literacy and science/discovery.
          While our Early Childhood staff offers each class an environment that gives children the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential, we also serve as a support system, helping to meet each individual family's needs. Our Preschool teachers and staff are Nancy Benton, A.A., ECE; Jan Cain, B.A., Ed.; Gail Chepulis, B. A., ECE; Carol Heredia, A.S., ECD; Sharon Kaplan, B.A., Ed.; Barb Maloney, B.A., Ed.; Karen Funari, DCFS ECE teacher and Jennifer Bolich, DCFS ECE teacher.
          The Early Childhood Center follows the Wilmette Public Schools District 39 calendar of full days off, as well as two Park District staff in-service days. Children must be 3-years-old by September 1, 2014, and toilet trained. Pull-Ups and diapers are not permitted.
          The Early Childhood Center offers a special five morning program for older 3-year-olds to accommodate the rapid development of fine motor and cognitive skills within this age group. This is a multi age class that combines the older 3-year-olds with 4-year-olds for a unique classroom experience with many learning opportunities available to the children. Children must be 3-years-old by March 1, 2014, to enroll in this program.
          A deposit of $100 is required at registration and is non-refundable after Feb. 1, 2014. Fees are paid in nine equal payments, due on the 20th of each month, with the first payment due by August 20, 2014. Click here for 2014-2015 fees. 
          The Early Childhood Center is located in the Community Recreation Center at 3000 Glenview Road in Wilmette. Please contact Wendy Caspersen at 847/920-3910 for more program information or availability for the current 2013-2014 school year. 

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Full-Day Preschool

The 2014-2015 school year
The Wilmette Park District Early Childhood Center offers high quality preschool education with extended coverage to provide a full-day program option. Children may stay for 2, 3 or 5 days at 11:30 a.m., after their preschool day ends, for a hot catered lunch and extended playtime. 
          Activities will include art, music, science, literature, outdoor playtime and free exploration. The afternoon will also include a rest/naptime. Note: Children must be enrolled in the Wilmette Park District Preschool program, and must be toilet trained. 
          Our Full-Day Preschool teachers and staff are Sofia Angelov, ECE Certified teacher; Victoria Cavanaugh, ECE Certified teacher and Sarah Vossel, DCFS ECE teacher.
          In addition to closures on Thanksgiving, the Friday after Thanksgiving and Memorial Day, the Full-Day Preschool program will be closed for two weeks over Winter break, one week for Spring break, two staff in-service days and during summer vacation.
          A deposit of $100 is required at registration and is non-refundable after Feb. 1, 2014. Fees are paid in nine equal payments, due on the 20th of each month, with the first payment due by Aug. 20, 2014. Full monthly tuition is due for all months, including months with days off and holiday breaks. This program is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services. Click here for 2014-2015 fees. 
          The Early Childhood Center is located in the Community Recreation Center at 3000 Glenview Road in Wilmette. Please contact Wendy Caspersen at 847/920-3910 for more program information.
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Lunch Bunch

The 2014-2015 school year
A nice opportunity to extend a child’s time at school through the lunch hour, this program is a great option for children who are ready for a fuller and more enriching Preschool experience.
          Lunch Bunch is open to children participating in our four-year-old morning Preschool program. Children will be served a hot, catered lunch (as required by DCFS) and then enjoy a variety of activities such as music, gymnastics, art, drama, and science.
          Lunch Bunch will follow the Wilmette Public Schools District 39 calendar of full days off, as well as two Park District staff in-service days. A deposit of $50 is required at registration and is non-refundable after June 1, 2014. Fees are paid in nine equal payments, due on the 20th of each month, with the first payment due by Aug. 20, 2014. Click here for 2014-2015 fees. 
         The Early Childhood Center is located in the Community Recreation Center at 3000 Glenview Road in Wilmette. Please contact Wendy Caspersen at 847/920-3910 for more program information.
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Early Bird Babysitting

The 2014-2015 school year 
     Early Bird Babysitting is available during the school year from 7:30-9 a.m. for Preschool students. A deposit of $50 is required at registration and is non-refundable after June 1, 2014. Fees are paid in nine equal payments, due on the 20 of each month, with the first payment due by August 20, 2014. Click here for 2014-2015 fees. For more information call 847-920-3909.
          Note: In order to provide the best transition for your child into their new program, Early Bird Babysitting will begin on the second day of the program. Please plan on bringing your child directly to their classroom on the first day of Preschool.
        The Early Childhood Center is located in the Community Recreation Center at 3000 Glenview Road in Wilmette. Please contact Wendy Caspersen at 847/920-3910 for more program information.
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