Area Preschool List

The information below was submitted by area preschools. Inclusion in this list does not signify the endorsement of any preschool by the Algonquin Area Public Library District. Last updated January 2017.

Agape Academy of St Sophia

525 Church Rd.

Elgin, Illinois 60123

(847) 888-2822

FAX: (847)888-2986

[email protected]

Director/Contact Person: Betty Bajana-Skarounis and Maria Kroll

Ages:

3-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation:

3 year old pre-school: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-12:30pm

4 year old pre-school: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30-12:30pm

Kindergarten: Monday thru Friday 9:30-1:30pm

Registration Begins:

Open registration

Registration Fee:

$75

Fee (per week, month, ect.):

3 year old pre-school $170/month for September-May

4 year old pre-school $245/month for September-May

Kindergarten $388/month for September-May

Philosophy/General Purpose:

To educate children 3 to 5 years old in program that provides an academic learning environment in a faith based setting. Our nurturing teachers celebrate each child individually, focusing on the development of the whole child through learning and play.

Curriculum:

Jolly Phonics Program, English/language arts, math, science, social/faith centered living, art, music, independent play, learning centers, and Greek language.

Toilet Trained:

Yes

Facilities (classroms, gymnasiums, ect.):

Classrooms, community center and outdoor play area.

Student/Teacher Ratio:

5 to 1

Approximate Class Size:

7-10. Preschool programs have teacher and teacher aid.

Accreditation:

In compliance with DCFS, state and local bodies including City of Elgin

Additional Information/Notes:

Our teachers have education degrees and are members of the Illinois State Board of Education Organization. Please come visit us to experience the joy of learning in a positive, safe, nurturing environment with academic excellence.

Algonquin Preschool, Inc.

109 Washington Street
Algonquin, Illinois 60102
847-658-2232

Director: Lisa Cotugno

[email protected]

Ages

3-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

M-F 9:00 - 11:30 and 12:30 - 3:00

Registration Date for Enrollment

January 22, 2018

Registration Fee

$50

Recurring Fees (per week, month, etc.)

Tuition - 3's T/TH- $150- monthly + one time (yearly) $50 activity fee
3's & 4's- M/W/F- $195- monthly + one time (yearly) $50 activity fee
4's & 5's- M-F- $275- monthly + one time (yearly) $60 activity fee

Philosophy/General Purpose

We believe that the early years of learning are the most valuable for the development of social and educational achievement. We nurture each individual's ability to learn by providing unique opportunities to explore and discover new skills, talents, and interests in a safe and positive environment. experiment, and develop skills at his/her own level of ability.

Curriculum

Algonquin Preschool believes that play is a child's natural way of learning. We provide opportunities for play-based education and Kindergarten readiness through a variety of activities: Learning Centers, Science & Nature Activities, Creative Play, Circle Time (fingerplays, stories, calendar, weather, letter of the week), Field Trips, Special Guests, Process Art, Music, Indoor/Outdoor Large Motor Activities, and Monthly Studies.

Toilet Trained

Yes 

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

3 classrooms, outdoor playground, and indoor large motor area.

Approximate Class Size

18

Accreditation

Three classrooms licensed by DCFS.

Additional Information/Notes

Algonquin Preschool teachers ensure your child has all the tools and skills necessary to tackle the next set of challenges he/she faces. Our curriculum is well-rounded and developmentally appropriate. Algonquin Preschool provides an environment for your child to succeed.

Barlina House Preschool / Crystal Lake Park District

Barlina House Preschool
705 Barlina Drive
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 477-5403

OR

Crystal Lake Park District
1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 459-0680

FAX: (815) 477-5005
www.crystallakeparks.org 

Director: Cathy Kuntz
[email protected] 

Ages
3-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation
M/W/F 9:00am-11:30am (3 classes)
M/W/F 9:00am-12:00pm (1 class)
T/Th 9:00-11:30am (3 classes)

Registration Begins
February 1st, 2016 (for next fall)

Registration Fee
$50.00

Fee per month
M/W/F 9:00am-11:30am - Residents $200, Non-residents $215
M/W/F 9:00am-12:00pm - Residents $225, Non-residents $240
T/Th 9:00am-11:30am - Residents $155, Non-residents $170

Philosophy/General Purpose
Provide children with opportunities to participate in activities that promote development of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills.

Curriculum
Play based

Toilet Trained (Y or N)
Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasium, ect.)
Classrooms, playground

Student/Teacher Ratio
3 year olds: 1 adult to 8 children
4 year olds: 1 adult to 10 children

Approximte Class Size
2 large classrooms = 20 children
1 small classroom = 9 children

Accreditation
DCFS licensed

Cambridge Lakes Charter Preschool

900 Wester Blvd. 
Pingree Grove, IL 60140
(847) 464-4100
www.cambridgelakescharterschool.net 

Director/Contact Person:

Director: Julie Skaggs

Email: [email protected]

Ages:
3-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday, full and 1/2 day opportunities

Approximate Class Size:
 9 students

Registration Fee:
None

Toilet Trained (Y or N):
Yes

Registration Begins:
October 2, 2017

Recurring Fees (per week, month, ect.):
Half Day Program - $450/month
Full Day Program - $855/month

Philosophy/General Purpose:
Utilizing a play based curriculum, students will develop a strong foundation for high achievement in future educational experiences. Students emerging from this program will demonstrate kindergarten readiness in social, emotional and academic areas.

Curriculum:
Cambridge Lakes Preschool blends the High Scope Curriculum philosophy with content from the Core Knowledge Sequence developed by E. D. Hircsh. 

Learning is focused on the following eight content areas: Approaches to learning, Social and emotional development, Physical development and health, Language, literacy, and communication, Mathematics, Creative arts, Science and technology, and Social studies. While learning in these content areas prepares children for later schooling, it also takes the learning process beyond traditional academic subjects by applying methods that promote independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children. 

Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs) 
In the HighScope Preschool Curriculum, learning in these eight areas is guided by 58 key developmental indicators (KDIs) that meet all state standards. Each KDI is linked to one of the dimensions of school readiness, and each is a statement that identifies an observable child behavior reflecting knowledge and skills in those areas.

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, ect.):
Cambridge Lakes Preschool is located on the campus of Cambridge Lakes Charter School. Preschool students have access to weekly library time, a dedicated preschool playground, and indoor space for gross motor movement. Based on the design of the school, preschool classes may also explore the parks and lakes of the neighborhood.

Accreditation:
High Scope
ExcelerRate Silver Certified

Additional Information/Notes:
Enrollment is On-Going 
Please contact Dana Pederson to schedule a tour. 
847.464.4100 
[email protected]

Chesterbrook Academy

8525 Redtail Drive

Lakewood, Illinois 60014

(815)444-1145

FAX: (815)444-1257

http://lakewood.chesterbrookacademy.com/

Director: Sandy Jenner

E-Mail: [email protected]

Ages

6 weeks-12 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

M-F 6:30am-6:30pm

Registration Begins

Ongoing

Registration Fee

$105 and $55 for siblings

Fee (per week, month, ect.)

Varies by age

Philosophy/General Purpose

Our school combines academic learning and structured play in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. Children are given plenty of room to discover, explore, and learn. This is their introduction to a lifetime of learning, and it’s a journey that should start on the right foot.

Curriculum

Links to Learning

Toilet Trained (Y or N)

No

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, ect.)

1 large motor room, 3 playgrounds, 10 classrooms

Student/Teacher Ratio

Depends on age — DCFS regulations/ratios followed

Approximate Class Size

Varies

Additional Information/Notes

Private tours available, Service Guarantee. Accepts 4-C and Action For Children. Discounts for siblings.

Children’s House Montessori School, Inc.

417 W. Main Street
West Dundee, IL 60118
(847)426-3570
FAX (651)317-6628
www.chmsdundee.com

Director/Contact Person: Donna Butcher
Emil: [email protected]

Ages
3-9 years old

Days and Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm 
Including beforecare, full and half day programs, and aftercare

Registration Begins
Registration accepted based on availability. Regular fall registration begins in February each year. 

Registration Fee
$35

Fee (per week, month, ect.)
Half day and full day programs available. Fees vary depending on program chosen.

Philosophy/General Purpose
Montessori philosophy, individualized, self paced program where children learn at their own rate in a mixed-age classroom

Curriculum
Individualized curriculum for each child

Toilet Trained
Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, ect.)
One 3-6 year old classroom & one 6-9 year old classroom

Student/Teacher Ratio
10:1 or better

Approximate Class Size
20

Accreditation
American Montessori Society
Association of Illinois Montessori Schools

Additional Information/Notes
We host public open houses in January & February each year. Check website event calendar for exact dates.

Crystal Lake Montessori School

3013 Country Club Road

Woodstock, Illinois 60098

815-338-0013

FAX: 815-338-8588

http://www.clms.org

Director: Pamela C. Zirko, M.Ed.

E-mail: [email protected]

Ages

Birth-8th grades

Days and Hours of Operation

  • Before School – 7:30-8:30 am
  • Toddler and Early Childhood Half-Day – 8:15-11:15 am or 12:30-3:30 pm
  • Full Day Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School – 8:15 am-3:15 pm
  • After School – 3:30-5:30 pm

Registration Begins

February 1, 2015

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

Varies by program. Call for more information.

Philosophy/General Purpose

Child centered learning that values the human spirit, creativity, and the development of the whole child including the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.

Curriculum

Montessori Curriculum including language, math, environment, science, art, music, and drama.

Toilet Trained

Yes for preschool; No for younger children.

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

3.5 acres, with wildlife, patio, play park, and art studio

Student/Teacher Ratio

  • Infants – 4:1
  • Toddlers – 5:1
  • Elementary and Middle school – 10:1

Approximate Class Size

  • Infants: 8
  • Toddlers: 10
  • Preschool: 18

Accreditation

Accredited by the American Montessori Society, Recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education, International Peace Site, National Wildlife Habitat, and Monarch Waystation

deLacey Family Education Center

50 Cleveland Avenue
Carpentersville, IL 60110
(224)484-2300
FAX: (224)484-2319
dfec.d300.org 

Director/Contact Person: 
Director: Linda Breen 
Email: [email protected] 

Assistant Principal: Kelly Burke
Email: [email protected] 

Early Childhood Facilitator: Melissa Gawlik
Email: [email protected] 

Screening Secretary: Kathy Spann
Email: [email protected] 

Ages:
3-5

Days and Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 
AM: 8:45-11:15
PM: 12:30-3:00

Registration Begins:
All year long

Registration Fee:
Free for Preschool For Fall (PFA), $90.00 for Special Education Students

Fees (per week, month, ect.):
Tuition spots are $250 a month, PFA and Special Educations classes are free.

Philosophy/General Purpose:
Vision: We inspire curiousity, independence and a life-long love of learning to help our children become contributing members of our community and the world.
Mission: In a nurturing and play-based environment, our curriculum builds children's self-esteem and problem solving skills, while fostering respect for thermselves and others.

Curriculum: 
Creative Curriculum

Toilet Trained (Y or N):
No

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, ect.):
At deLacey, we have 20 classrooms as well as a playground and a gym. Our building is strictly a preschool building. 

Student/Teacher Ratio:
At deLacey, we have a variety of classrooms to meet our children's needs. Our PFA (Preschool For All) classrooms may have up to 20 students with 1 teacher and 1 paraprofessional. Our Blended classrooms may also have up to 20 students (including up to 6 special education students) with 1 teacher and 1 paraprofessional. Our Self-Contained classrooms consist of 10 students with 1 teacher and 2 paraprofessionals. In addition to our preschool classrooms, we offer walk-in speech services to those who qualify. 

Approximate Class Size:
See above.

Accreditation:
PBIS Gold Status 

Additional Information/Notes:
We offer our preschool programs in some of the elementary schools throughout our school district. The elementary schools that offer preschool are Eastview Elementary, Perry Elementary, Gary D. Wright Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Lake in the Hills Elementary, Meadowdale Elementary, and Westfield Community School.

District #158 Preschool

10920 Reed Rd.

Lake in the Hills, Illinois 60156

(847)659-5403

www.district158.org/preschool/index.html

Director: Sheryl Pauwels

Email: [email protected]

Ages

3-5

Days of Operation

5 days a week

AM or PM sessions 8:40-11:10 or 1:15-3:45

Registration Begins

Ongoing based on eligibility for the program

Registration Fee

Depends on program. No charge, or $112

Fee

None, but children need to qualify to attend

Philosophy

The purpose of the School District 158 Preschool Program is to create an educational experience that will provide the foundation for learning by addressing the unique developmental needs of children through experiences and interaction with peers and adults. The District 158 Preschool is designed to meet the criteria set by the Illinois Preschool for All Grant Program and also to meet the needs of students identified with a disability and who qualify for an IEP under IDEA. All students must be screened and/or evaluated.

Curriculum

Creative Curriculum/TS Gold

Toilet Trained

Children do not need to be toilet trained

Facilities

13 classrooms, gym, outdoor playground, library

Student/Teacher Ratio

10:1, 5:1, or 3:1

Approximate Class Size

10-20

Accreditation

ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality

Additional Information

The School District 158 Preschool is not an open enrollment program. All children need to qualify for our At Risk Program, or qualify for an IEP. The first step toward qualifying for our program would be to call our screening hotline number at 847-695-6516. See calendar on our website at www.district158.org/preschool/index.html

Dundee Township Park District Preschool

665 Barrington Avenue

Carpentersville, Illinois 60110

Phone: 847-428-7131

Fax: 847-836-2380

http://www.dtpd.org

Director/Contact Person: Janet Coyle

E-mail: [email protected]

Days and Hours of Operation

Monday thru Friday 9AM - 2PM

Approximate Class Size

16

Registration Fee

$40

Toilet Trained

Yes

Ages

2 ½ -5 years old

Registration Begins

February 3, 2018

Recurring Fees (per week, month, etc.)

Two days a week classes $1,137 residents, $1,421 nonresidents
Three day a week classes $1,778 resident, $2,222 nonresidents
Extended learning time 2 days a week, $478 resident, $598 nonresident
Extended learning time 3 days a week, $711 resident, $889 nonresident
These are the fees for the Preschool year.
If paid in full, a 5% discount is given. We offer a 10% sibling discount. Fees can be paid monthly in 10 equal payments.

Philosophy/General Purpose

The purpose of the Dundee Township Park District Preschool is to provide a program in which children are actively involved in a curriculum that stresses the social, emotional, physical and academic aspects of their development. Our goal is to create a warm, accepting environment which supports the development of the whole child.

Curriculum

The Park District provides opportunities for the child to be with other children, fostering a development of wholesome social relationships. Age appropriate experiences are provided that contribute to the developmental needs of the child, as well as building important foundations for future academic skills.

The Dundee Township Park District has adopted and successfully incorporated the Jolly Phonics reading program, which is also used by District 300 in their Kindergarten program. Younger children are introduced to skills which will enhance their self-reliance skills while encouraging strong positive social interaction. Children ages 4-5 prepare for Kindergarten through a variety of academic units including name, calendar, number and alphabet recognition. We offer children enrolled in our program a sense of enthusiasm for learning about themselves and the world around them.

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

We offer four locations throughout the area: West Dundee, Sleepy Hollow and two in Carpentersville. Although each site is unique, all sites offer individual classrooms which are arranged in a "learning center" style. All locations offer large motor areas, either with outdoor playgrounds or an indoor gym.

Additional Information

The Dundee Township Park District offers many different times and types of programs to meet the needs of our families. To schedule a visit, please contact Janet Coyle at 847-428-7131 ext. 2301

First United Methodist Preschool

236 W. Crystal Lake Avenue

Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

815-459-8097

FAX: 815-459-0815

http://clfumc.org

Director:Jan O’Brien

E-Mail: [email protected]

Ages

2-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

9:00-3:30

Registration Begins

February 7, 2015

Registration Fee

$50 for the first child

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

  • Two Year Old Program: $155/month
  • 3 year olds, 2 days a week: $170/month
  • 3 year olds, 3 days a week: $215/month
  • 4 year olds, 3 days a week: $215/month
  • 5 days/week Pre-K: $280-$310/month

Philosophy/General Purpose

Faith based education

Curriculum

Creative curriculum, Handwriting without tears

Toilet Trained

No

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

6 classrooms, playground, large motor room, kitchen

Student/Teacher Ratio

13:2

Approximate Class Size

8-13

Additional Information

We are celebrating our 50th year in education during the 2015/2016 school year!

Immanuel Lutheran Preschool

310 East main Street

East Dundee, Illinois 60118

Phone: 847-428-1010

Fax: 847-428-1010

http://www.immanuelschool-ed.org

Director of Admissions: Julia Heinz

E-mail: [email protected]

Ages

2.5-5

Days and Hours of Operation

M-F 7AM - 6PM for EC, class times vary

Registration Begins

February 1, 2018

Registration Fee

$100

Recurring Fees(per week, month, etc.)

Monthly tuition(2017-18):
PK3 two day $1550 annually
PK4 three day $1950 annually
PK4 five day $2350 annually
FFF (ages 2.5-young 3s) $100/9 week session

Philosophy/General Purpose

Immanuel Preschool is a warm, engaging place for children to develop intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually using a variety of developmentally appropriate practices and approaches. Certified teachers help prepare students for success in the classroom and beyond.

Curriculum

Jolly Phonics, Letter People, HWT's Get Set for School, Voyages religion, math, science, music, fine and large motor

Toilet Trained

Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

Indoor classrooms, large communal area, outdoor play space

Approximate Class Size

12

Accreditation

NLSA school accrediation

Additional Information/Notes

For over 35 years, Immanuel's preschool has served families from the greater Fox Valley area, preparing students for success. The preschool is closely linked to Immanuel Lutheran School which serves families from 18 local communities providing excellent academic and extracurricular opportunities for grades PK-8th grade. ILS offers daily Extended Care from 7 AM-6 PM to school and community families, providing regular or occasional childcare in a nurturing and active setting. Personal tours are available upon request by contacting Julia Heinz, Director of Admissions, at [email protected]

Kiddie Academy of Algonquin

2420 Harnish Drive

Algonquin, Illinois 60102

Phone: 847-458-0200

Fax: 847-458-0249

Director/Contact Person: Karen Maxwell

E-mail: [email protected]

Days and Hours of Operation

6:30 am - 6:30 pm

Approximate Class Size

12

Registration Fee

$125

Registration Begins

January 1, 2018

Ages

6 weeks - 12 years

Toilet Trained

No

Recurring Fees(per week, month, etc.)

* Weekly Tuition due on Fridays Before
* Registration Fees Due Annually (upon registration and every January thereafter)
* Summer Activity Fee (Toddler through School Age) Due Annually (May)

Philosophy

Educating children infancy through Pre-kindergarten as well as assisting with homework for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Children learn by hands on experiences, real life lessons and positive guidance building their self esteem and love of learning.

Curriculum

Life Essentials for Life Long Learning - Developmentally appropriate, the heart of lifelong learning.

Daily electronic correspondence through Tadpole informing parents of their child's day and personal pictures showing their child doing the curriculum.

 Enrichment programs included in weekly tuition at no additional cost include: Music & More, Fitness, Kiddie Chefs, Technology, Language Acquisition and Character Counts and Macaroni Please Manners.

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

Licensed for 159 children.
New state of the art facility.
Indoor Kiddie Ventures Room (indoor gym).
 Meals cooked on the premise with menus posted for the month- nutritionally valued and healthy.
Monthly assessments with bi-annual conferences.

Additional Information

Transport to local schools for Before and After Care.
Summer Program for ages Infant through 6th Grade.
Drop In Care when available.
Accepts Subsidy care programs (4-C and YWCA).

 

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy

475 Alexandra Boulevard
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
815-455-5437
FAX: 815-526-3050
http://www.krkcrystallake.com

Contact Person: Adia Walker or Kim Ayotte
E-Mail: [email protected] 

Ages

6 weeks-12 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

M-F 6:00am-6:30pm or 9:00am-11:30am & 12:45pm-3:15pm

Registration Begins

Year round

Registration Fee

$150 or $80

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

Varies

Philosophy/General Purpose

Hug first, then teach.

Toilet Trained

Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

Gym, computer lab, cafe.

Student/Teacher Ratio

1:10

Approximate Class Size

Varies

Accreditation

Advance Ed.

KinderCare of Algonquin

501 Rolls Drive
Algonquin, Illinois 60102
(847)854-8545
FAX: (847)854-9958
www.kindercare.com

Director/Contact Person: Kristin Duy
Email: [email protected]

Ages
6 weeks - 12 years old

Days and Hours of Operation
6:30am-6:30pm

Registration Begins
Year Round

Registration Fee
$85 for 1 child
$115 for 2 or more children

Fee (per week, month, ect.)
Tuition is per week and varies per age.

Curriculum
Proprietary to KinderCare: Preschool starts in 2 yr. old room. We are literacy & math based and align to the state standards. 

Toilet Trained
2 year olds - No
3 & 4 year olds - Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, ect.)
Classrooms, 3 playgrounds

Student/Teacher Ratio
8:1 for 2 year old preschool
10:1 for 3/4 year old preschool

Approximate Class Size
20 for 3 & 4s
16 for 2s

Accreditation
NAEYC accredited, applying for Gold Circle of Care through the state of Illinois.

KinderCare of Huntley

12581 Princeton Drive

Huntley, Illinois 60142

(847)515-3765

FAX (847)515-3936

www.kindercare.com

Director/Contact Person: Jenni Frenette

Email: [email protected]

Ages

6 weeks – 12 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

M-F 6:15am-6:15pm

Registration Begins

Year round

Registration Fee

$85/child, $115/family

Fee (per week, month, ect.)

Varies according to age and schedule

Philosophy/General Purpose

Educational setting that allows the whole child to learn, develop, and grow through experience and play.

Curriculum

KLC/Knowledge Universe Propietary Curriculum for all ages

Toilet Trained

Varies by age

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, ect.)

Classrooms, indoor large motor room for infants to age 2

Student/Teacher Ratio

Varies by age

Approximate Class Size

Varies by age

Accreditation

Pursuing NAEYC

Lake in the Hills Preschool Academy

Operated by the Village of Lake in the Hills Parks & Recreation Department

Village Hall – 600 Harvest Gate

Indian Trail Beach House – 228 Indian Trail

Annex – 2 E. Oak Street

Lake in the Hills, Illinois 60156

847-960-7460 – Parks & Recreation Department

http://www.lith.org

Director: Lisa Knoeppel

E-mail: [email protected]

Ages

2 ½ -5 years old.

Days and Hours of Operation

  • 2 ½-3 year olds: 8:45-10:15am or 10:30am-12:00pm
  • 3-4 year olds: 9:30-11:30am
  • 4-5 year olds: M/W/F 9:00-11:30am or 12:30-3:00pm
  • 4-5 year olds: M-TH 9:15-11:45am

Registration Begins

  • February 2, 2015 for returning families
  • February 17, 2015 for new residents
  • March 2, 2015 for new non-residents

Registration Fee

  • $60/resident
  • $70/non-resident

One registration fee per family

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

  • 2 ½ – 3 years old: $90/month for residents; $100/month for non-residents
  • 3 year olds (2 days/wk): $125/month for residents; $135/month for non-residents
  • 4 year olds (3 days/wk): $170/month for residents; $180/month for non-residents
  • 4 year olds (4 days/wk): $230/month for residents; $240/month for non-residents

Philosophy/General Purpose

Our program promotes the social, physical, and cognitive growth of the child through a variety of individual and group activities that are developmentally age appropriate, and will help them to be successful in school. We encourage and help guide the child in developing independence, responsibility, and problem solving on their own.

Toilet Trained

2 ½-3 year olds: pull-ups

All other children are required to be fully potty trained by the first day of school

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

1 or 2 classrooms, outdoor play area

Student/Teacher Ratio

15:2 or 10:2

Approximate Class Size

10-15

Language Stars

117 E. Northwest Hwy
Barrington, Illinois 60010
PHONE: 847-382-1190
FAX: 847-382-1190

Director: Kelsey Querubin

E-mail:[email protected]

Days and Hours of Operation

Tuesday through Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm

Registration Begins

May 31, 2018

Registration Fee

0

Ages

1- 12 years old

Approximate Class Size

10

Toilet Trained

No

Recurring Fees (per week, month, etc.)

Tuition is paid for either in full with a 10% discount or can be divided into monthly payments.

Philosophy/General Purpose

We are the national leader in children's foreign language education offering award-winning weekly classes, camps and private instruction in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian and Arabic. Language Stars has taught more than 30,000 children since 1998 using its proprietary FunImmersion methodology, which brings language to life, as native speaking teachers from around the globe immerse young children in engaging play-based learning.

Curriculum

FunImmerision methodology: full second language immersion for 85 minutes once a week.

Facilities

13 locations in the Chicagoland area including: Barrington and St. Charles

Learning Tree Preschool of Algonquin

210 N. Harrison Street
Algonquin, Illinois 60102
847-658-6130
FAX (847)854-3831
http://www.learningtreechildcare.com/

Director: Sue Kempe
[email protected] 

Ages

3-5

Days and Hours of Operation

6:30am-6:00pm

Registration Begins

March 15, 2018

Registration Fee

$75 per child

Recurring Fees (per week, month, etc.)

Tuition is due monthly
2 days $142.00
3 days $187.00

Philosophy/General Purpose

To provide an environment that promotes a life long love of learning!

Curriculum

Our staff are trained in early learning standards as well as creative curriculum based programs.

Toilet Trained

No

Approximate Class Size

20

Learning Tree Preschool of Crystal Lake

485 W. Woodstock Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 459-8055
www.ltpreschool.org 

Director/Contact Person: Vicke L. Winterling
[email protected]

Ages
2-6 years old

Days and Hours of Operation
9:15am-11:45am
12:30pm-3:00pm

Registration Begins
Immediately

Registration Fee
$50.00

Fee (per week, month, ect.)
$125.00 - 2 yr Wed/Fri 9:15am-10:45am
$148.00 - 3 yr Tue/Thurs 9:15am-11:45am
$188.00 - 3, 4, 5 - M/W/F 9:15am - 11:45am
$250.00 - 5 yrs - 5 day PreK 9:15am-11:45am

Philosophy/General Purpose
To provide a rich and accepting environment that promotes a positive learning experience and strong feelings of self worth for each child.

Toilet Trained (Y or N)
Yes - But consider on case per case basis (3-5)
No - Ready-2-Go (2 yr)

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, ect.)
2 classrooms, playground, and great hall

Student/Teacher Ratio
2 yr - 1-8 max.
3-5 - 1-10 max.

Approximate Class Size
Various due to enrollment

Accreditation
Working on Silver in Excelerate Illinois
DCFS licensed

Learning Tree Preschool of Huntley

11424 Rainsford Drive
Huntley, Illinois 60142
(847)659-1181
FAX: (847)659-1196
www.learningtreechild.com

Director: Jamie Stofcheck
Email: L[email protected] 

Ages
6 weeks - 11 years old

Days and Hours of Operation
M-F 6:30am-6:00pm

Registration Begins
Preschool only starts February 1, 2016
Full day preschool anytime

Registration Fee
$75 - One time fee

Fee (per week, month, ect.)
Preschool only is a monthly fee

  • 2 year olds
    • 2 days - $157
  • 3-5 year olds
    • 2 days - $142
    • 3 days - $187
    • 4 days - $247
    • 5 days - $287

Philosophy
The teachers at The Learning Tree pride themselves on providing a loving, nurturing environment for your child to learn and grow. We want to send them to kindergarten with the self-confidence to succeed to their maximum potential. We encourage and support opportunities for your child to make decisions and choices, to plan and experiment, and to learn important social skills in a supportive, nurturing environment. 

Curriculum
Creative curriculum and Illinois Early Learning Standards

Toilet Trained
No

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasium, ect.)
12 classrooms with full kitchen

Student/Teacher Ratio
Infants 1:4
Toddlers 1:5
3-5 year olds 1:10
School age 1:20

Approximate Class Size
3-5 year olds - 20 children

Accreditation
Excelerate- Silver Circle

Light of Christ Preschool

100 Hanson Road

Algonquin, Illinois 60102

(847)658-0955

Director/Contact Person: Michele Niehoff

Email: [email protected]

Ages

2-6 years old

Approxiamate Class Sizes

15

Days and Hours of Operation

M-F 8:45am-3:00pm

Registration Date for Enrollment

February 14, 2018

Fee (per week, month, ect.)

Bumble Bee Program for 2 year old students: one day a week $80.00 per month and two days a week is $160.00 per month Discovery Time/Explorers for 3 year old students: two days a week $185.00 per month
Kindergarten Prep a.m./p.m. for 4 year old students: three days a week $230.00 per month
Kindergarten Readiness for 4 and 5 year old students: five days a week $340.00 per month

Philosophy/General Purpose

Light of Christ Preschool recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each child. Our school's primary mission is to instill a love of learning in each student. Our curriculum skillfully weaves artistic and practical disciplines into everyday academics. Students learn in a developmentally appropriate environment that is academically enriched. At LOC preschool, we celebrate God's love for all children. We strive to instill integrity, compassion and confidence in each child.

Curriculum

We have created a developmentally appropriate program that is academically enriched, in order to properly prepare our students for their educational path. Our three year olds students will be introduced to a Literature based curriculum, with a focus on Math and Science in small and large groups. Four year old learners will be focusing on preparations for Kindergarten to keep pace with the ever demanding curriculum at the elementary school level. We have instruction in Music, Spanish, Sign Language, and Phonics.

Toilet Trained

No

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, ect.)

We are currently located at 100 Hanson Road in Algonquin and will be transitioning to our new home on Longmeadow parkway in the Spring of 2019.

Accreditation

Department of Children and Family Services
 McHenry County Department of Health
American Red Cross
National Association for the Education of Young Children membership
4 C's of McHenry County membership

Additional Information

Enrichment program is offered on Wednesday afternoon's from 12:00-2:00, a catered lunch is provided and literature based activity.

Little Journey Preschool (Formerly Faith Community)

10547 Faith’s Way

Huntley, Illinois 60142

224-569-6512

FAX: 224-569-6503

http://www.fccwired.tv

Director: Kim Schneider

E-Mail: [email protected]

Ages

2-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

  • 2 year olds: T/TH 9:00-11:30am
  • 3 year olds: T/TH or W/F 9:00-11:30 or M/W/F 12:30-3:00
  • 4 year olds: M/W/F 9:00-11:30 or 12:30-3:00 or M-F 9:00-11:30 or 12:30-3:00

Registration Begins

Week of January 26, 2015

Registration Fee

$50

Philosophy/General Purpose

Faith Community Preschool believes that each child is a special gift from God, each coming into this world with their own unique gifts and abilities. We believe that there is a critical link between a child’s early experiences and later success in their lives. We provide a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment where children develop physically, emotionally, and intellectually. We support the relationship between children, their families, and preschool staff. All learning activities engage the children so they can explore, experiment, imitate, ask questions, and be questioned to further their thinking and problem solving skills.

Curriculum

We use Creative Curriculum as our guide. Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards established by Illinois State board of Education. The curriculum builds both social and cognitive skills through structured time (circle and small group) and unstructured time (learning centers).

Toilet Trained

No for 2 year olds; Yes for 3 year olds, but can be flexible

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

Five classrooms, outside playground, inside large motor area

Student/Teacher Ratio

  • 2 year olds – 5:1
  • 3 year olds – 7:1
  • 4 year olds – 7:1

Approximate Class Size

14 students per classroom

Accreditation

NAEYC Accreditation, ExeleRate Illinois-pending Gold Level.

Little Lambs Early Learning Program

Shepherd of the Prairie

10805 Main St.

Huntley, Illinois 60142

(224)623-4433

Director:Jill Gillming

Email: [email protected]

Ages

2-4

Days and hours

9:00-12:00, with one or two days per week options

Registration Begins

February 1, 2015

Registration Fee

$30 first child or $50 for a family

Tuition

1 day/week: $65/month, 2 days/week: $130/month

Philosophy

Children will have structured time that is fun and developmentally appropriate. This includes circle time, calendar, math, language, Bible stories, crafts, music, and free play. Our two day program will also include kindergarten readiness such as phonics, cutting, prewriting, and pre-reading activities.

Student/Teacher ratio

12:2

Approximate Class size

12

Little Lambs of Lord and Savior

9300 Ridgefield Road

Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012

815-455-4175

FAX: 815-455-9725

http://www.lordandsavior.org

Director: Joel Moeller

E-mail:[email protected]

 

Ages

3-4 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

M-F 7:00-5:30

Registration Begins

January 12, 2015

Registration Fee

$50

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

  • 2 half days: $140 monthly
  • 2 full days: $175 monthly
  • 3 half days: $175 monthly
  • 3 full days: $230 monthly
  • 5 half days: $200 monthly
  • 5 full days: $300 monthly

Philosophy/General Purpose

Little Lambs Preschool strives to assist parents in nurturing their children intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and socially. We do this by providing a warm, caring environment with hands-on, active experiences that are developmentally appropriate for young children.

Curriculum

High Scope, Christ Light, Plan-Do-Review, Art, Music

Toilet Trained

Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

2 classrooms, Smart Boards, full gymnasium, expansive area for play.

Student/Teacher Ratio

10:1

Approximate Class Size

20 children

Little Saints Preschool

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School

1023 McHenry Avenue and 265 King St.

Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

815-459-3033 x236

http://www.stthomascl.org

Director: Jerrilyn Mazurk

E-mail: [email protected]

Ages

3-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

M-F 9:00-11:30 and 12:30-3:00

Registration Begins

February 2015

Registration Fee

$75-$100

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

  • 2 day: $145 monthly
  • 3 day: $185 monthly

Philosophy/General Purpose

To provide children with the opportunity to participate in activities which will develop them into spiritually, socially, emotionally, and intellectually self-assured children of God.

Curriculum

Faith based with emphasis on language arts, math, and science.

Toilet Trained

Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

Classrooms, playground, multi-purpose room,

Student/Teacher Ratio

12:2

Approximate Class Size

12 children

Accreditation

Director has Illinois Director Credential, McHenry County Directors Association, McHenry County Early Childhood Advisory committee.

Little Scholars Academy

310 E Chicago Street

Elgin, Illinois 60120

847-337-5302

Director: Becky Coduto

E-mail: [email protected]

Ages

3-6 years old

Toilet Trained

Yes

Approximate Class Sizes

15

Days and Hours of Operation

Sept-May Monday through Friday 8am-3pm

Registration Begins

January 3, 2018

Registration Fee

$100

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

call for tuition rates

Philosophy/General Purpose

Little Scholars Academy offers a unique early education experience that celebrates the individual gifts of the child, nurtures passion for learning and Biblical principles, and prepares them for academic excellence and discipleship.

Curriculum

Christian Montessori

Toilet Trained

Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

Lower Level of the Love Family Christian Foundation Center

Accreditation

Staff is certified through American Montessori Society

 

Littlest Disciples Preschool

First Congregational Church of West Dundee
900 W. 8th Street
West Dundee, IL 60118
847-426-2161
FAX: 847-807-4951
http://www.fccdundee.com

Director/Contact Person: Sue McNicholas & Jennifer Wagh
E-Mail: [email protected]

Ages

2-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

  • 2 ½ year olds: M/W and T/TH 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • 3 year olds: M/W/F 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • 4 year olds: M/W/F 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Registration Begins

February 16, 2016 for new students

Registration Fee

$60 (Individual), $90 (Family) – Field trip fee is included in registration

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

  • 2 ½ year olds: $135/month
  • 3 year olds: $190/month
  • 4 year olds: $190/month

Philosophy/General Purpose

Littlest Disciples Preschool provided early educational programming for children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old. Early childhood is a critical time for children to explore, learn, grow, and delight in the world around them. Our objective is to provide a rich learning environment where each child has the opportunity to grow and develop through active exploration and discovery. Our children feel a sense of belonging in a safe and loving environment. Families are supported and welcome in our Littlest Disciples program and FCC Church life.

Curriculum

Developmentally appropriate: based on Early Learning Standards; Christian Based. Includes: Literacy centers, play (including role play), story, art, music, social skills, problem solving, science.

Toilet Trained

2 ½ year olds: No; 3 and 4 year olds: Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

5 classrooms, 1 large indoor motor area, outdoor play area

Student/Teacher Ratio

12:2

Approximate Class Size

12 children

Accreditation

Degreed, certified, professional, experienced staff. All teachers are CPR certified and have passed background checks.

Drop off and Pick Up

Car in Line drop off and pick up policy.

McHenry County College Children’s Learning Center

8900 US Highway 14

Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012

(815)455-8555

www.mchenry.edu/clc

Director:Lisha Linder

Ages

15 months-5 years

Days/Hours of Operation

  • 3’s: T/TH 9-12
  • 4’s: M/W/F 9:00-12:00

Registration Begins

March 1, 2015

Registration Fee

$55

Fees

  • 3’s: $130/month
  • 4’s: $175/month

Philosophy

Play based, hands on activities. Campus field trips include greenhouse, fire tower, police department, library, pottery lab etc.

Curriculum

Creative Curriculum

Toilet Trained

No

Facilities

classrooms, access to MCC gym and other college facilities

Studet/Teacher Ratio

5:1

Approximate Class Size

16

Montessori Pathways School

133 Illinois Street
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
815-459-6727
FAX: 815-459-6727 (please call first)
http://www.montessoripathwaysschool.com

Director: Alena Baradzina

Ages

3-12 year old Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary Program, Summer/Winter Camp

Days and Hours of Operation

  • 6:45 am-6:00 pm
  • M-F Morning Program (Preschool only) 8:45-11:45am
  • M-F School Day Program 8:45 am-3:15 pm OR 6:45 am-3:15 pm or 7:45am-4:15pm
  • M-F All Day Program 6:45 am-6:00 pm

Registration Begins

Continuous

Registration Fee

$100

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

Monthly School Year Tuition

Philosophy/General Purpose

Learning occurs in our multi-age classrooms where children at varied stages of development learn from and with each other under the guidance of experienced teachers. The individual curriculum is tailored to meet the specific learning styles and capabilities of its students. Montessori Pathways fosters a sense of community and respect for self, others, and the environment. This builds a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Curriculum

At Montessori Pathways we offer a lovely classroom setting where children work in an atmosphere of freedom and responsibility. The Montessori materials provide a sound academic base. They attract your child's interest and support your child's learning. An active, hands-on approach enables your child to discover the world. Areas of interest introduce your child to math, science, sensorial, language arts, grace and courtesy, practical life skills, geography, history, Spanish, gym, music and art, and field trips.

Toilet Trained

Will work with parents who have children that have not fully completed the process.

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

3 classrooms, small gymnasium, beautiful nature playground in a quiet neighborhood

Student/Teacher Ratio

10-12:1 in Early Childhood class and 10-15:1 in the Elementary Class

Approximate Class Size

9-12 students with 1 teacher, or up to 24 students with 2 teachers

Accreditation

Full member of the American Montessori Society
Registered with Illinois Department of Education

Additional Notes

Open Houses in 2016: March 5, April 9, May 14 - 10:100am-1:00pm

My Father’s World Preschool

932 McHenry Avenue

Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

815-455-3200

FAX: 815-455-6323

http://www.prince-of-peace.org

Director: Linda Polit

E-Mail: [email protected]

Ages

2-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

  • 2 year olds: M/W 9:00-11:30 am
  • 3 year olds: M/W/F 9:00-11:30am
  • 4 year olds: M/W/F 9:00-11:30am
  • 4 year olds: M-F 9:00-11:30am
  • Terrific Tuesdays: Most Tuesdays 9:00-11:30am (drop-off program with a different theme each week)

Registration Begins

February 1, 2015

Registration Fee

$60 non-refundable registration fee

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

Non-refundable snack fee (half due August, half due January)

$50 for 2 day programs

$60 for 3 day programs

$70 for 5 day programs

Tuition

2 year olds: $150 monthly

3 year olds: $180 monthly

4 year olds: $180 or $260 monthly

Terrific Tuesdays: $15 weekly

Philosophy/General Purpose

We extend an atmosphere of unconditional love to our students as they begin their first learning experience outside the home. Our goal is to provide a child-centered, informal environment that promotes all aspects of spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Each child will be encouraged to gain a concept of themselves as a unique child of God and gift of Jesus with experiences in prayer, chapel, and Jesus Time. We support the family unit and encourage a positive self- image to help stimulate the self-confidence needed to meet all of life’s new challenges.

Curriculum

Hands-on, curriculum/play based, Christ centered with child and teacher directed activities.

Toilet Trained

No for 2 year olds; Yes for 3-5 year olds

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

3 classrooms, carpeted half gymnasium, fenced-in playground, large grass area for discovery and play, computers and internet in 3 and 4 year old classrooms

Student/Teacher Ratio

  • 2 year olds – 5:1
  • 3 year olds – 9:1
  • 4 year olds – 10:1

Additional Information/Notes

We are a Christian based school offering chapel every other week to all programs with “Jesus Time” integrated throughout our day. We give a 10% discount for multiple children from one family. Tuition assistance is available on a first come basis.

Primrose School of Algonquin

2300 County Line Road

Algonquin, Illinois 60102

(224)333-0380

FAX: (224)333-0572

www.PrimroseAlgonquin.com

Director: Ruthann Dalzell

Owner: Laura Daniel

Email:[email protected] or [email protected]

Ages

6 weeks-12 years

Days and Hours of Operation

M-F 6:15am-6:00pm

Registration Begins

Year round

Registration Fee

$125

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

Due monthly, varies by schedule (2, 3, or 5 days)

Philosophy/General Purpose

At Primrose, we provide the right foundation to build active minds, healthy bodies, and happy hearts. We call our philosophy Balanced Learning because it promotes and supports children’s learning in multiple ways – through listening, seeing, hearing, touching, and playing.

Curriculum

To encourage children to grow into well-rounded individuals, daily instruction and activities span seven different learning domains: Physical development and health, Mathematics, Social/emotional development, Science and Technology, Language and Literacy, Social Studies, and Creative Arts and expression.

Toilet Trained (Y or N)

No for Early Preschool (2 year olds and young 3 year olds)

Yes for 3-5 year olds

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

11 classrooms, 4 playgrounds

Approximate Class Size

Early Preschool: 16

Preschool and Private Pre-Kindergarten: 20

Accreditation

Accredited by Advanced Education

Additional Information/Notes

Our faculty is comprised of degreed teachers, all CPR/First Aid trained. Personal tours and orientation can be arranged by calling our school.

Purple Moose Enrichment Preschool

210 McHenry Avenue
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
815-459-7299
FAX: 815-459-1085
http://www.purplemoosepreschool.com

Director/Contact Person: Anna Linscheid
E-mail: [email protected]

Ages

2-6 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

M-F 9:00-2:00

Programs vary by age and choice of programs

Registration Begins

February

Registration Fee

$65

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

Fees vary based on program chosen

Philosophy/General Purpose

Purple Moose offers a progressive, perpetually evolving curriculum that we research, develop, & specialize for each age group.

Curriculum

Each month we introduce a new theme for our students to explore and learn.

Toilet Trained

No

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

3 classrooms and a large gross motor room

Student/Teacher Ratio

8:1 for 2's
9:1 for all others with an additional assistant teacher in each class

Approximate Class Size

Varies by age

Accreditation

DCFS licensed

Additional Information/Notes

Emphasis is placed on creativity, motor skills, social interaction, and basic beginning academics.

Rogy's Learning Place

4099 W. Algonquin Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847)659-1411
FAX: (847)659-1401
www.rogys.com

Director/Contact Person: Kristine Koehn
Email: [email protected]

Ages
6 weeks - 12 years old

Days and Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 6:00am-6:30pm

Registration Begins
All year

Registration Fee
None

Fee (per week, month, ect.)
Per week
Infants $290.00
Toddlers $268.00
2 years $244.00
Preschool $220.00

We also do a daily rate as well as Before/After school care

Philosophy/General Purpose
We believe that all children deserve an equal opportunity to learn and develop to their greatest potential. Children learn in a positive nurturing environment. Children should be exposed to a stimulating environment that provides experiences which encourage them to solve problems. They should be encouraged to be independent and to satisfy their natural curiosities and be given the opportunity to make choices and to understand the impact their actions have upon others. Thoughtful play is productive play which develops self-esteem and cognitive skills. We believe that an eclectic approach to education provides the opportunity for a balannce between adult and child initiated activities.

Curriculum
Creative Curriculum

Toilet Trained (Y or N)
Yes. We will help with potty training!

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, ect.)
10 classrooms, playgrounds (3), Indoor Play Room

Student/Teacher Ratio
Infants 4:1
Toddlers 5:1
2 yrs. 8:1
Preschool 10:1

Approximate Class Size
Infants - 12
Toddlers - 10
2 yrs. - 16
PS - 10
Pre-K - 20

Accreditation
NAC Accreditation

Sage YMCA Preschool of Metro Chicago

701 Manor Street

Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

815-526-1638

FAX: 815-459-5101

http://www.sageymca.org

Director: Sally Oginni

E-mail: [email protected]

Ages

30 months – 6 years

Days and Hours of Operation

  • 3 year olds: T/TH 9:00-11:30 am
  • 4 year olds: M/W/F 9:00-11:30 am
  • 4/5 year olds: M/T/W/TH 9:30am-12:00pm
  • 3-5 year olds: T/W/TH 12:45-3:15

Registration Begins

January 17 (current families), January 26 (Y members), February, 2 (non Y members)

Registration Fee

$50 of the first month’s tuition (non-refundable)

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

2 days: $155/month Full Member; $205/month Non-member

3 days am: $195/month Full Member; $245/month Non-member

3 days pm: $185/month member; $235/month Non-member

4 days: $230/month Full Member; $280/month Non-member

Philosophy/General Purpose

At the Sage YMCA, we regard each child as a unique individual who needs to be understood, guided, encouraged, and appreciated. At this early age, “play” is a child’s most important form of learning and development. We provide activities where children learn, explore, build a positive self-image, and develop social relationships with other children.

Curriculum

We are proud to utilize the Creative Curriculum at Sage YMCA, which uses monthly studies designed around student interest and includes expressive and receptive language development, social-emotional development, math and science inquiry, and fine and gross motor skills. The Creative Curriculum is based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the early learning standards for every state.

Toilet Trained

Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

New classrooms with secure entrance, full sized gymnasium, multi-purpose room, playground, swimming pool with swim lessons included in tuition, and wooded nature area

Seedlings School

Huntley Park District

12015 Mill Street

Huntley, Illinois 60142

(847)669-3180 x314

FAX: (847)669-2836

http://www.huntleyparks.org

Director: Connie Lombard

Email: [email protected]

Ages

3-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation

M-F 9:00-11:30am or 12:15-2:45pm

Registration Begins

March – 9:00am-5:00pm

March 6 – 9:00 am-12:00pm and 6:00-7:30pm

Registration Fee

$60 (in district), $70 (out of district)

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

2 days/week AM or PM: $140 (in district); $155 (out of district)

3 days/week AM or PM: $160 (in district); $175 (out of district)

4 days/week AM or PM: $180 (in district); $195 (out of district)

Philosophy/General Purpose

Through play children have opportunities for self-expression, investigation and experimentation both independently and in a group. Our teachers create an atmosphere of trust, security and comfort in which children can feel motivated, esteemed and appreciated. We are committed to providing a high quality, developmentally appropriate first learning experience in a safe and healthy environment.

Curriculum

In addition to our regular preschool classes, we offer an English/Spanish class where children have the opportunity to learn Spanish or expand their learning in the language. Activities are planned around the Illinois Early Learning Standards and the individual needs of the children. Math, language arts, story time, snacks, art, music, science, and so much more! Come grow with us!

Toilet Trained (Y or N)

Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

6 classrooms, indoor large motor room, state of the art playground

Approximate Class Size

3 Year Olds: 9-14 with a teacher and assistant

4 Year Olds (AM): 20 with a teacher and assistant

Mixed/Dual Language: 13-15

Sonshine Christian Preschool

18N377 Galligan Road

East Dundee, Illinois 60118

847-551-9935

FAX: 847-4551-9935

http://www.sonshinechristianprek.org

Director: Rachel Iverson

E-Mail: [email protected]

Ages

3-4 years old

Toilet Trained

Yes

Days and Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 9:00-2:00

Registration Begins

February 6, 2017

Registration Fee

$100

Approximate Class Size

20

Fee (per week, month, etc.)

3 year old morning class
9-11:30
Tuesdays & Thursdays
$150/month

4 year old morning class
9-11:30
Monday Wednesday Friday
$185/month

4 year old afternoon class
11:30-2
Monday Wednesday Friday
$175/month

4 year extended day
 9-2
Monday Wednesday Friday
$335/month

  • Philosophy/General Purpose

    The philosophy of Sonshine Christian Preschool is to provide children with a developmentally appropriate and positive learning environment that is Christian based. Your child will experience a peaceful, respectful, and caring classroom where they can develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically; through exploration activities and open ended questions. Your child will acquire the foundation needed for successful social interaction and future school experiences.

    Curriculum

    Jolly Phonics, letter of the week, theme-based curriculum, hands-on, play based centers, religious instruction

    Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

    large, bright classroom
    large motor room
    fenced in playground
    child sized bathroom

    Accreditation

    DCFS licensed

    Additional Information

    We are located on Galligan road near Gilberts Elementary School in St. Peter Lutheran Church.

  • St. Catherine of Siena School

    845 W. Main Street

    West Dundee, Illinois 60118

    (847)426-4808

    FAX: (847)426-0437

    www.st-cath.net

    Principal: Renee Link

    School Secretary: Mrs. Judy Randl

    Contact Person: Mary Pat Johnson

    Email: [email protected]

    Ages

    3-4 years old (by September 1, 2015)

    Days and Hours of Operation

    3 year olds: T/TH 8:30-11:00am

    4 year olds: M/W/F 8:30-11:00am

    Registration Begins

    ongoing

    Registration Fee

    $100 per family

    PreK-3 $50 materials fee

    PreK-4 $100 book fee

    Fee (per week, month, etc.)

    3 year olds: $1350/year

    4 year olds: $1600/year

    Philosophy/General Purpose

    Our Pre-Kindergarten program is designed to promote the spiritual, social, cognitive, and physical development of young children in a Catholic faith-filled friendly environment.

    Curriculum

    Pre-Kindergarten receives a balance of structured learning and free play. They are introduced to our Catholic faith throughout our day. The children begin to develop meaningful friendships, self-esteem, and respect for themselves and others throughout the day. The program includes: daily calendar activities, religion, hands-in math activities, “Happily Ever After” pre-reading series by the Rowland Foundation (for PreK-4), and AlphaTales (for PreK-3). Children learn through exploration to discover science! Learning center time, music/movement activities, and gross motor activities are all incorporated into the program. PreK-4 children attend Mass every other Friday. Computer class and PE class is also offered during PreK-4.

    Toilet Trained (Y or N)

    Yes

    Facilities

    Classrooms, gym, computer lab, playground

    Student/Teacher Ratio

    PreK-3: 15 students, 1 state certified degreed teacher, 1 full time aide

    PreK-4: 18 students, 1 state certified degreed teacher, 1 full time aide

    Approximate Class Size

    15-18 students

    Accreditation

    St. Catherine of Siena School is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education

    St. John’s Lutheran Preschool

    300 Jefferson Street

    Algonquin, Illinois 60102

    847-658-9311

    FAX: 847-658-5766

    http://www.stjohnsalgonquin.org/

    Director/Contact Person: Roger Kirsch

    E-Mail: [email protected]

    Days and Hours of Operation
    St. John's is open 5 days a week from 7am to 6. pm. Classes start at 8:30 going until 3pm. Before care (7-8:30 is free) and after care is available at hourly cost. We follow D300 calendar for the school year.

    Ages

    3-5 years old

    Registration Begins

    January 17, 2017

    Registration Fee

     $180

    Philosophy/General Purpose

    We strive to provide a curriculum that blends Christian values, academics, and developmentally appropriate activities, assisting the child to grow in the areas of art, language arts, math, music, physical education, science, and social development.

    Approximate Class Size

    18

    Requires Toilet Trained

    Yes

    Ages

    3-5 year old with September 1 birthday

    Recurring Fees (per week, month, etc.)

    St. John's preschool offers full day and part time classes starting at 8:30 with free before school care (7-8:30) and after care ($5/hour) from 3-6 pm. Classes for part time students end at 11:30 with the option of staying for lunch. St. John's requires children attend two days per week (part or full time). Parents can pick the days that would be best for their family schedules. Please visit our web site for varied costs (stjohnsalgonquin.org).

    Philsophy/General Purpose

    St. John's has been educating children since 1876. Our preschool offers a played based program which includes teacher directed activities. Students will experience a teacher who loves children guiding them through play and various whole and small group activities. Our purpose is to support parents in their child's education and to share the love of Jesus.

    Curriculum

    Curriculum is play based with small and whole group activities. We present educational basics daily; letters and their sounds (phonetic based), Mathematics (number recognition, 1-1 correspondence, shapes, patterns, writing numbers), Science activities (inquiry method), Physical education, Art, and Religion classes. St. John's is a fully accredited school and also recognized by the state of Illinois.

    Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

    St. John's preschool has two classrooms dedicated to preschool. Both rooms are connected to our gym for large muscle movement. There are six other classrooms used for grades k-8. One of those rooms is dedicated to S.T.E.A.M. education. Our facility follows state requirements.

    Accreditations

    St. John's School is recognized according to part 425of the 23 Illinois Administration Codes-voluntary registration and recognition of non public schools and is fully accredited by NLSA National Lutheran School Accreditation.

    Additional Information

    St. John's offers a small class setting, optional full and part time, you pick the days with free before school care.

    St. Margaret Mary Preschool

    119 S. Hubbard Street

    Algonquin, Illinois 60102

    847-658-5313

    FAX: 847-854-0501

    http://www.saintmargaretmary.org/

    Principal: Alison Mallo

    Email: [email protected]

    Ages

    3-4 years old

    Toilet Trained

    Yes

    Days and Hours of Operation

    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Registration Begins

    February 1, 2017

    Registration Fee

    $115

    Approximate Class Size

    12 students

    Fee (per week, month, etc.)

    Current yearly tuition for 2016-2017
  • 3yr 2 day $1,586
  • 4yr 3 day $2,028
  • 4yr 5 1/2 day $3,188
  • Full Day Preschool $5,151

    Philosophy/General Purpose

    Saint Margaret Mary Catholic School is committed to a quality Catholic education, developing faith life, building community and Christian service.

    Curriculum

    We endeavor to create a school environment that fosters respect for each person, develops a healthy concept, and is conducive to learning. We offer a curriculum that develops the whole person through science, mathematics, social studies, language arts, the arts and religious studies.

    Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

    Classrooms, library, computer lab, chapel, music room, gym, cafeteria, fenced preschool playground

    Accreditation

    Illinois and Diocese of Rockford

    Additional Information

    3 year olds: T/TH 8:45 - 11:15 or M-F 8:45-3:00

    4 year olds: M/W/F 8:45-11:15 or M-F 8:45-3:00

    Before and After School Care also available.

    St. Paul’s Christian Preschool

    485 Woodstock
    Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
    815-479-9770
    FAX: 815-459-5735
    http://www.stpaulsucccl.org or visit us on Facebook!

    Director: Sheila Halasz
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Ages

    2-6 years old

    Days and Hours of Operation

    • M/W/F 9:00-11:30 am OR 12:15-2:45 pm
    • T/TH 9:00-11:30 am OR 12:15-2:45 pm
    • M-F 9:00-11:30 am
    • TH 2-year-old class 9:10-11:00am OR 11:30am-1:00pm

    Registration Begins

    January 2016

    Registration Fee

    $55

    Fee (per week, month, etc.)

    2 year olds class: $125/month
    3 year old class: $162/month
    3 and 4 year old class: $205/month
    5 day PreK class: $275/month

    Philosophy/General Purpose

    Our mission is to develop, in partnership with the family, the preschool child's social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual growth from a Biblical point of view through a hands-on developmentally appropriate curriculum.

    Curriculum

    Hands-on, developmentally-based with academic skills introduced promoting kindergarten readiness. We also work with Stretch and Grow and a librarian for enrichment activities. Our 4 year olds also have weekly Spanish enrichment activities. All classrooms have a service learning emphasis mixed with a multiple intelligence approach to learning.

    Toilet Trained

    No

    Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

    5 classrooms, music room, large motor room, fenced playground with paved bike path, seven acres of open space, use of church sanctuary for performances and storytime.

    Student/Teacher Ratio

    • 4:1 for 2-year-olds
    • 6:1 for 3- and 4-year-olds

    Approximate Class Size

    10 children with 2 teachers

    Accreditation

    Christian school accreditation, DCFS licensed

    Additional Information

    We have extended lunch and learning times. We also offer scholarships in some instances.

    Sunshine Early Learning Center

    960 E. Oak Street
    Lake in the Hills, Illinois 60156
    847-854-1418

    Director: Jackie Otto


    E-Mail: [email protected]

    Ages

    6 weeks - 6 years

    Days and Hours of Operation

    6:30am-6:00pm M-F

    Registration Begins

    January 5, 2017

    Registration Fee

    $50

    Approximate Class Size

    10

    Fee (per week, month, etc.)

    Tuition fees are due weekly unless other arrangements are made. We offer a multi-family discount for full time clients.

    Toilet Trained

    No

    Philosophy/General Purpose

    Our goal is to provide quality care in a safe,loving and enjoyable environment. Our purpose is to help your child develop mentally and physically, and it is our promise to treat each child as the unique individual that they are.

    Curriculum

    Itty Bitty Book Worm, a literacy based curriculum

    Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

    Infant/Tot room, 2year classroom, 3year classroom, preschool classroom.

    Additional Information

    We also have a after school for students attending Lake in the Hills Elementary.

    The Children’s Gate Montessori School

    3419 Walkup

    Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

    815-459-2646

    http://www.childrensgate.net/

    Director: Lorrie Hiatt

    E-mail: [email protected]

    Ages

    3 to 6 years old

    Days and Hours of Operation

    Monday-Thursday 9:00-3:00

    Registration Begins

    March 1, 2015

    Registration Fee

    $50

    Fee (per week, month, etc.)

    4 days – $400 per month

    3 days – $300 per month

    All day – $639 per month

    Philosophy/General Purpose

    Montessori/Hands on learning

    Curriculum

    Montessori

    Toilet Trained

    Yes

    Student/Teacher Ratio

    10:1

    Approximate Class Size

    20

    Accreditation

    American Montessori Society (AMS), Illinois Association Montessori

    The Einstein Academy

    747 Davis Road

    Elgin, Illinois 60123

    847-697-3836

    FAX: 847-697-6085

    http://www.einsteinacademy.us

    Contact: Kojo Darkwa

    E-Mail:[email protected]

    Ages

    4 and up

    Days and Hours of Operation

    8:15-11:30 or 8:15-2:30

    Registration Begins

    Ongoing

    Fee (per week, month, etc.)

    Contact us for current tuition rates

    Philosophy/General Purpose

    Our goal is to implement an individualized and nurturing program that provides gifted and talented students skills and knowledge necessary to become productive members of society and lifelong learners.

    Toilet Trained

    Yes

    Student/Teacher Ratio

    7:1

    Approximate Class Size

    Maximum 14

    Accreditation

    NCA, Advance ED

    The Goddard School – Elgin

    2496 Bushwood Dr.

    Elgin, Illinois 60124

    (847)783-0083

    FAX: (847)783-0480

    http://www.goddardschool.com/elgin

    Owners: Sheryl Nelson, Steve Slaw

    Director: Robyn Burns

    Email: [email protected]

    Ages

    6 weeks – 6 years

    Days and Hours of Operation

    M-F 7:00am-6:00pm

    Registration Begins

    Ongoing, kindergarten begins January 26th

    Registration Fee

    $100

    Fee (per week, month, ect.)

     

    5 Full Days 3 Full Days 2 Mornings (9-1pm)
    Infant $334/week N/A N/A
    12mo-18mo $328/week $236 $136
    18-24mo $319/week $229 $133
    24-30mo $309/week $222 $128
    30-42mo $298/week $215 $124
    Preschool* $258/week $186 $107*(potty trained)
    PreK $258/week $186 $107
    Kindergarten Prep $262/week $189 $109
    Kindergarten $273/week N/A N/A

    Philosophy/General Purpose

    Piaget based learning through play supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, with internationally accredited curricula and outstanding, credentialed teachers

    Curriculum

    Touchpoints Math, American Sign Language, Harcourt Splash & Journeys, 2nd Step, Kids Scientific, Handwriting without Tears, Jolly Phonics, Reading A-Z, Smart Boards, Tablets

    Toilet Trained

    Yes and No

    Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, ect.)

    9 classrooms with whiteboards

    Student/Teacher Ratio

    Infants and Toddlers 1:4

    2’s 1:5

    Preschool, K prep, Kindergarten 1:10

    Approximate Class Size

    Infants: 8

    Toddlers: 10

    2’s: 15

    Preschool and up: 20

    Accreditation

    AdvancEd

     

     

    The Goddard School – Lake in the Hills

    4561 Princeton Lane
    Lake in the Hills
    (847) 669-6390
    FAX: (847) 669-3031

    Director/Contact Person:
    Owner - Michele Clark
    Education Director - Bridget Austin
    Operations Director - Cyndi Monson

    Email Address:  [email protected]

    Ages:
    Infant to 8 years old

    Days and Hours of Operation:
    6:30AM-6:00PM

    Registration Begins:
    On-going

    Registration Fee:
    $100

    Fee (per week, month, ect.):
    Depends on classroom

    Philosophy/General Purpose:
    Piaget based learning through play, supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Curriculum:
    "FLEX" Learning Enrichment includes art, music, Spanish, chess, Jolly Phonics, and American Sign Language.

    Toilet Trained (Y or N):
    No

    Facilities (classrooms, gymnasium, ect.):
    9 classrooms, interactive whiteboards, tablets
    2 playgrounds, outdoor garden/classroom

    Student/Teacher Ratio:
    Depends on age

    Approximate Class Size:
    Depends on age

    Accreditation:
    AdvancED.

    Thunderbird Preschool

    625 Rudat Court

    Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

    815-459-2266

    FAX: 815-455-2409 (please call first)

    http://www.thunderbirdpreschool.com/

    Owner: Betty Koch

    Director:Julie Theres

    E-Mail: [email protected]

    Ages

    2 ½ -5 years old

    Days and Hours of Operation

    Super Tots with parent: T or TH 8:45-10:15

    Super Tots without parent: T & TH10:45-12:15

    3-5 year olds: M-F 8:50-11:20am OR 12:40-3:10pm

    Registration Begins

    January 2015

    Registration Fee

    $50

    Fee (per week, month, etc.)

    Super Tots: $17/day with parent or $120/month without parent,Two half-days per week: $162/month, three half-days per week: $223/month, five half-days per week: $320/month

    Philosophy/General Purpose

    Thunderbirds’ reputation for excellence rests in the hands and hearts of their teachers, who provide a loving environment and educational program where children love, laugh, live, and learn together.

    Curriculum

    Thunderbird’s curriculum is based on children’s natural curiosity about the world around them incorporating literacy, math, science, art, music and movement.

    Toilet Trained

    2 ½ year olds: No; 3-5 year olds: Yes

    Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

    Three classrooms and a beautiful playground.

    Student/Teacher Ratio

    Super Tots: 5-6:1

    3-4’s- 6-8:1

    4-5’s- 10:1

    Approximate Class Size

    15-20

    Accreditation

    DCFS licensed

    TLC Preschool

    11008 N. Church Street

    Huntley, Illinois 60142

    847-669-5781 x2

    FAX: 847-669-5978

    http://TLC.TrinityHuntley.org

    Director of Admissions: Heather Herum

    E-mail: [email protected]

    Ages

    3-5 year old Preschool

    Days and Hours of Operation

    • 3 year old Preschool: TH/F 9:00-11:30 am OR M/T/W 12:30-3:00 pm
    • 4 year old Preschool: M/T/W 9:00-11:30 am
    • 4 year old Preschool: M/T/W or M-F 12:30-3:00 pm

    Registration Begins

    January 2015

    Registration Fee

    $50; One-time supply fee: $35/2-day, $65/3-day, $85/5-day

    Fee (per week, month, etc.)

    2-day Preschool: $130/month

    3-day Preschool: $175/month

    5-day Preschool: $255/month

    * Save $5/month with automatic tuition withdrawal

    Philosophy/General Purpose

    TLC Preschool has a 22 year history of providing an atmosphere of unconditional love to children as they begin their first learning experience outside the home. We believe that each child is a special gift from God, each having their own unique gifts and talents. TLC is a mission of Trinity Lutheran Church of Huntley and is a non-profit, non-sectarian and non-discriminatory Christian Preschool. Our goal is to provide a child-centered, informal environment that will encourage children to discover and explore the world around them. We also strive to give the children a basic understanding of the love that God has for all of his creation. We believe that children need to feel safe, cared for and nurtured to help them become eager learners and to establish a firm foundation for their future education.

    Curriculum

    Our nurturing staff makes learning fun by providing and environment that encourages children to explore, experiment and discover their own creative potential, while learning responsible decision-making and age appropriate academics. Our teachers prepare a wide variety of activities for children that are included in theme-based curriculum aligned with Developmentally Appropriate Practice and The Illinois Department of Education’s Early Learning Standards. TLC focuses on fine and gross motor, problem solving, pre-math and pre-literacy skills. Our preschool program fosters a life-long love of learning by making learning fun.

    Toilet Trained

    Yes

    Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

    3 colorful classrooms, multi-purpose room, new fun playground and church sanctuary for special programs and weekly Chapel time

    Student/Teacher Ratio

    • 3 year olds – 8:1
    • 4 year olds – 9:1

    Approximate Class Size

    • 3 year olds: 16
    • 4 year olds: 18

    Accreditation

    DCFS licensed.

    Trinity Oaks Christian Academy

    233 Trinity Oaks Way

    Cary, Illinois 60013

    847-462-5971

    FAX: 847-462-5972

    Director of Admissions: Susie Noe

    Email: [email protected]

    Ages

    • 3 by September 1 for 3-year-old Preschool
    • 4 by September 1 of the desired academic year for PreKindergarten

    Days and Hours of Operation:

    • M/W OR T/TH 8:25-11:30 am – Preschool
    • F 8:30-11:30 am – Drop-In Preschool Enrichment
    • M/W/F 8:25-11:30 am OR 12:00-3:00 pm – PreKindergarten

    Registration Begins

    January 1, 2015

    Registration Fee

    • Application fee: $70 (Preschool) or $120 (Pre-Kindergarten)
    • Registration fee: $170

    Fee (per week, month, etc.)

    • $1671/year for Preschool
    • $2506/year for PreKindergarten

    Philosophy/General Purpose

    We believe that educating a child is a partnership between the home, church, and school. When our students graduate from Trinity Oaks, our hope is that their potential has been maximized to lead Christian lives according to Biblical standards.

    Curriculum

    Various curriculum resources are used including Abeka, ACSI, My First Study Bible, and Wee Learn. All materials are multisensory and developmentally appropriate.

    Toilet Trained

    Yes

    Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.)

    Gym, technology lab, music room, indoor and outdoor playgrounds

    Student/Teacher Ratio

    10:1

    Approximate Class Size

    • Preschool: 10
    • Pre-Kindergarten: 12-16

    Additional Information/Notes

    All preschool students have PE and music. All PreKindergarten students have PE, music, Spanish, and technology in addition to regular class instruction and play time. Applicants are considered on a first come-first served basis. Applications can be submitted any time after January 1st.

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