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Preschool Open Houses

Register to attend an Open House to visit classrooms, meet teachers, and ask questions about the 2022-2023 school year. Time slots are available on the days and hours below. Only one parent needs to register per time slot, even if both parents will be attending with your child(ren). You are also welcome to register for a time slot at either one or both facilities. Please email jrobinson@gepark.org if you have any questions or issues with the online sign-up form.

2022-2023 School Year 

Please see the Winter 2022 Playbook for information on the 2022-2023 School Year.

Main Street Recreation Center: 3s/4s/5s or Kindergarten Enrichment
February 2, between 6-7:30 pm
February 5, between 9:30-11 am

Spring Avenue Recreation Center: 2s/3s/4s
February 3, between 6-7:30 pm
February 5, between 11:30 am-1 pm


2021-2022 School Year Information

Registration is now in progress for 2021-2022 Preschool


Our Preschool Philosophy & Curriculum

At our Preschool, children learn through an academic and play-based curriculum to facilitate learning concepts including writing, science, vocabulary, numbers, shapes, math, and other cognitive abilities. The academics incorporated into the program will ensure students are prepared to move to the next level and eventually be Kindergarten-ready.

Our program is a mixture of teacher-guided activities and playtime, with small and large group activities based around a weekly theme. Children engage in fine and large motor skill activities, art projects, music, books, dramatic play, cooking, writing and more. Children also have monthly visits from B#Sharp Music for Children and the Park District Naturalist.

Two-Year-Old Preschool

Geared toward having a successful first school-away-from-parent experience while preparing for the three-year-old program. Emphasis is placed on socialization skills and introduction to a structured class. 

Three-Year-Old Preschool

Geared toward having a successful first school experience. Emphasis is placed on social skills, fine motor skills, shapes, colors, name recognition, following direction, sharing and play. Must be able to use restroom independently. 

Four-Year-Old Preschool

Designed for developing kindergarten readiness. Emphasis is placed on the development of academics through structured activities, introducing math, lower/upper case letters, letter sound recognition, writing/site words, and developing independence. Must be able to use restroom independently. 

Five-Year-Old Preschool

Designed for developing kindergarten readiness. Emphasis is placed on the development of academics through structured activities, simple math, lower/upper case letters, letter sound recognition, writing/site words, punctuation, capitalization, problem solving and developing independence. 


2021-2022 Classes and Fees

Preschool classes are available at Spring Avenue and Main Street Recreation Centers.

Registration: Registration will be for the complete school year and must be done in person at Main Street or Spring Avenue Recreation Center. Parents must submit a copy of their child’s birth certificate at the time of their registration.

Payments: Preschool uses automatic billing/ payments. A separate nonrefundable deposit of $75 will be required upon registration. The yearly class fee is divided into six equal amounts charged to your credit card or e-check each month May-October. You may also pay for the entire year at registration.

AgeLocationDay(s) & TimeR/NR Annual FeeAvailability
2 (as of 6/15/21)SpringF, 9am-11am$594/$891Limited
2 (as of 3/15/21)SpringM/W, 9am-11am$1,188/$1,782Limited
2 (as of 3/15/21)SpringTu/Th, 9am-11am$1,188/$1,782Limited
2 (as of 3/15/21)SpringTu/Th, 11:30am-1:30pm$1,188/$1,782Limited
3 (as of 9/1/21)MainTu/Th, 8:45am-11:15am$1,320/$1,980Limited
3 (as of 9/1/21)MainM/W/F, 8:45am-11:15am$1,980/$2,970Limited
3 (as of 9/1/21)MainTu/Th, 8:45am-11:15am$1,320/$1,980Limited
3 (as of 9/1/21)MainM/W/F, 8:45am-11:15am$1,980/$2,970Limited
3 (as of 9/1/21)SpringTu/Th, 8:45am-11:15am$1,320/$1,980Limited
4 (as of 9/1/21)MainM-Th, 8:45am-11:15am$2,772/$4,158Limited
4 (as of 9/1/20)MainM-Th, 12:15pm-2:45pm$2,772/$4,158Limited
4 (as of 9/1/21)SpringM/W/F, 8:45am-11:15am$2,079/$3,118.50Limited
4 (as of 9/1/21)SpringM-Th, 12:15pm-2:45pm$2,772/$4,158Limited
5 (between 9/1/21-1/1/22)MainM-F, 12:15pm-2:45pm$3,630/$5,445 Limited

Preschool Newsletters & Parent Handbook


Questions?

Please contact Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org with any questions or concerns.