Wilmette, IL

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Preschool

Will your child ready for Preschool in the fall of 2017? Registration begins on Monday, December 5. For more information, call 847/256-6100.

Preschool Teachers and Staff:

Gemma Batty, B.A., Ed
Nancy Benton , A.A., ECE
Arlene Bretts, B.S. Ed.
Gail Chepulis, B.A., ECE
Meredith Flynn, B.S., Ed
Carol Heredia, A.A., ECD
Barb Maloney, B.A., Ed
Sari Shein, M. S., Ed
 
Full Day Preschool
Michelle Dinca, B.A., Ed
Stephanie Flynn, B.S., Ed
Kelli Krueger, B.A., Foundations of Education
Jenny Salyers, B.A., ECE
 
Space may still be available for 2016-2017 Preschool, Full-Day Preschool, Early Bird for Preschool and Lunch Bunch. Click here for information about 2016-2017 fees. For more information and to learn about availability, please call Olga Miklasz, Early Childhood Center of Wilmette Supervisor at 847/920-3910.

Early Childhood Center Preschool

The 2017-2018 School Year

It is the goal of the Early Childhood Center Preschool 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 them 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 strong self-esteem. Through a wide variety of experiences, children also develop their social, emotional and physical skills.

At the Early Childhood Center children are offered a chance to learn in a place where each individual meets with approval and success. Our teachers offer children a variety of 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 Education of Young Children, each classroom conducts weekly studies, offering areas 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 Center 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.

The Early Childhood Center offers a unique 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 special classroom experience with many learning opportunities available to the children. Children must be 3-years-old by March 1, 2017 to enroll in this program.

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, 2017 and toilet trained. Pull-Ups and diapers are not permitted.

A non-refundable deposit of $100 and billing information is required at registration.  Fees are collected in nine equal payments, due on the 20th of each month, with the first payment due on August 20, 2017. Please contact Olga Miklasz at 847-920-3910 for additional program information.

Looking for before school care? See Early Bird Babysitting.

For MORNING PRESCHOOL Fees, click here
 

 

FULL-DAY PRESCHOOL

The Wilmette Park District Early Childhood Center offers high quality preschool education with extended coverage to provide a full-day program option. Children may join us for 2, 3 or 5 days at 11:30 a.m., after their preschool day ends, for a hot catered lunch and extended classroom activities.

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.

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 non-refundable deposit of $100 and billing information is required at registration.  Fees are collected in nine equal payments, due on the 20th of each month, with the first payment due on August 20, 2017. 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.  Please contact Olga Miklasz, Early Childhood Supervisor at 847/920-3910 for additional program information.

For FULL-DAY PRESCHOOL Fees, click here

 

LUNCH BUNCH
Lunch Bunch for the 2017-18 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 day 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. Fees are paid in nine equal payments, due on the 20th of each month, with the first payment due by August 20, 2017. Please contact Olga Miklasz at 847-920-3910 for more program information.

For LUNCH BUNCH Fees, click here

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