The information below was submitted by Preschool Information Night participatory preschools. Inclusion in this list does not signify the endorsement of any preschool by the Algonquin Area Public Library District.  Updated December 7, 2023.

Algonquin Preschool, Inc.

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

Director: Jennifer Hedmark and Lisa Cotugno

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 23, 2023 and after for the 2023-2024 school year. Open enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year.

Registration Fee: $60

Recurring Fees (per week, month, etc.):

3’s T/TH 9:00-11:30– $170- a month

3’s & 4’s – M/W/F- 9:00-11:30- $225- a month

3’s & 4’s – M/W/F- 9:00-12:00– $290 a month

4’s & 5’s – M-F- 9:00- 11:30– $325 a month

4’s & 5’s M-F9:00-12:00– $400 a month

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.

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.

Cambridge Lakes Charter Preschool

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

Director:Dana Pederson

Ages: 3-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation: Full and Half Day Options Available

Approximate Class Size: 9 students to 1 teacher or 18 students to 2 teachers

Registration Fee: None

Toilet Trained: No

Registration Begins: February 1, 2020

Recurring Fees (per week, month, ect.): 3 & 4 Year Old Half Day Program Monthly Rate Monday through Friday AM 8:00-11:00AM $360** Monday through Friday PM 12:30-3:30PM $360** Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00-11:00AM $250** Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:30-3:30PM $250** Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-11:00AM $180** Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-3:30PM $180** Full Day 4-Year Old Program Monday through Friday 8:00AM-3:30PM $810** **Tuition pricing may be adjusted for the 2020-2021 school year.

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.

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.

Additional Information/Notes: Please contact Dana Pederson to schedule a tour. (847) 464-4100

Crystal Lake Montessori

3013 S. Country Club Road Woodstock, Illinois 60098 (815)338-0013

Director: Beth Huffman

Ages: 1 year old to 14 years old

Days and Hours of Operation: M-F 8:00-3:30, 7:30am-5pm Extended Care

Registration Date for Enrollment: February 1, 2023

Registration Fee: $50

Recurring Fees (per week, month, etc.): Monthly Tuition

Philosophy/General Purpose: In Montessori, we believe that a child learns best within a collaborative, social environment that respects the individual’s unique development. Each child is part of a small class that allows them to work at their own pace, individually or collaboratively with each other, guided by caring adults trained in early childhood development.

Curriculum: Children are naturally curious, and they teach themselves by interacting with Montessori materials, which lead sequentially from concrete to abstract ideas. Our teachers are trained to observe and gently guide, allowing each child to experience the joy of learning for themselves. In doing so, children develop confidence by mastering the practical life skills they need to be independent.

Toilet Trained: Toddler Class: No; Early Childhood: Yes

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.): We are a private school located on 3.6 acres of beautiful property along Country Club Road near Woodstock, Illinois. In addition to our classrooms we have rooms for art, music, gymnasium, and stage. We have outdoor play areas for infants and toddlers, a Peace Garden, and a large grassy, wooded area with playground equipment for older children.

Approximate Class Size: 15-20

Accreditation: Crystal Lake Montessori was established in 1981. We are registered with the Illinois State Board of Education, fully accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS), DCFS certified for birth to 3 years old, a member of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools, and an International Peace Site and a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Additional Information/Notes: Crystal Lake Montessori School accepts children without regard to race, religion, or ethnic background. We welcome all students and families and do not discriminate in our hiring, admissions process, or any other form of access. About Maria Montessori: Born in the late 1800’s, Maria Montessori made her name by becoming one of Italy’s first female physicians and a pioneer in early childhood studies. Her work with children led her to found the first Casa dei Bambini, a home-like setting with specially created activities to stimulate children’s natural curiosity.

District #300 Preschool

50 Cleveland Avenue Carpentersville, IL 60110 (847) 551-8386 FAX: (224) 484-2319

Director: Kristin Corriveau

Ages: We have programs from Birth-5 years.

Days of Operation: deLacey Family Education Center – Monday-Friday 7:30-4:30

Registration Begins: Ongoing

Registration Fee: $0 Fees: Our Preschool For All (PFA) is free to those that qualify. The registration fee for special education students is currently waived for this school year.

Philosophy: In a nurturing a play-based environment, our curriculum builds children’s self-esteem and problem solving skills, while fostering respect for themselves and others.

Curriculum: The Creative Curriculum

Toilet Trained: No

Facilities: deLacey is a preschool only building that houses up to 24 classrooms including a playground and gym. There are also preschool classrooms in some of the elementary buildings throughout the district. See Additional Information below for a list of sites.

Accreditation: PBIS Platnium Status, ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality, Pyramid Model Implementation Site

Additional Information: In addition to the deLacey Family Education Center, we offer our preschool programs in some of the elementary schools throughout our school district. The elementary schools that offer preschool are Eastview Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Gilberts Elementary, Gary D. Wright Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Lincoln Prairie Elementary, and Westfield Community School. Preschool locations may vary from year to year depending on space limitations within the elementary buildings.

Dundee Township Park District Preschool

665 Barrington Avenue Carpentersville, Illinois 60110 (847)428-7131

Director: Hollie Holmes

Days and Hours of Operation: varies depending on class

Approximate Class Size: 16

Registration Fee: $40

Toilet Trained: Yes

Ages: 2½ -5 years old

Registration Begins: February 3, 2024

Recurring Fees (per week, month, etc.): Fees are monthly
2 days/week: $145 Residents / $175 Nonresident
2 days/week with extended learning time (Mixed Preschool): $240 Residents / $300 Nonresident
3 days/week: $225 Resident / $255 Nonresident
3 days/week with extended learning time (Mixed Preschool): $364 Resident / $424 Nonresident
3 days/week with (Pre-Kindergarten): $225 Resident / $424 Nonresident (except Washington St. location)
3 days/week with extended learning time (Pre-Kindergarten): $376 Resident / $436 Nonresident (except Washington St. location)
**Washington St. 3 days/week (Pre-Kindergarten): $239 Resident / $269 Nonresident
**Washington St. 3 days/week with extended learning time (Pre-Kindergarten): $478 / $538 Nonresident
** This 3 day class’s fees are higher due to more days of school per year with no Monday or Friday days off
5 days/week (Pre-Kindergarten): $370 Resident / $400 Nonresident
5 days/week (Pre-kindergarten): $612 Resident / $672 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. There is a $50 supply fee charged once at registration.

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 professional staff of teachers and aides have a common goal:to create a warm, accepting environment which supports the development of the whole child.

Curriculum: Younger children are introduced to skills that will enhance their self-reliance skills while encouraging strong positive social interaction. Children ages 4-5 prepare for Kindergarten based on District 300 expectations through exposure to a variety of academic units and social/emotional learning. 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.

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.

Rakow Center 665 Barrington Ave., Carpentersville, IL 60110

Randall Oaks Recreation Center 500 N. Randall Rd., West Dundee, IL 60118

Sleepy Hollow Center 875 Winmoor Dr., Sleepy Hollow, IL 60118

Washington Street Center 21 N. Washington St., Carpentersville, IL 60110

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 Hollie Holmes or call (847) 428-7131 ext. 2301

Holy Cross Lutheran

2107 Three Oaks Rd. Cary, IL, 60013  (847) 639-6533

Director: Chrissy Heiss

Ages: 3-First grade

Days and Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:00-5:30

Approximate Class Sizes: 15

Registration Fee: 225.00

Require Toilet Trained: Yes

Registration Date for Enrollment: January 9, 2023

Recurring Fees (per week, month, etc.): Full day $400 per month (July-April)

Extended Care: $350 per month (July-April)

Philosophy/General Purpose: Our primary purpose is to provide the opportunity for students to find identity, purpose, and power in their life in Christ. Methods of instruction are developmentally appropriate and adjusted when possible for individual differences. Our objectives are to guide each child to:

  • Recognize self as a child of God.
  • Develop an understanding of God and His love.
  • Cultivate an inquiring mind and thinking skills.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in the prescribed curriculum.
  • Experience, appreciate, and respect God’s creation.
  • Develop a positive self-concept.
  • Learn personal responsibility.
  • Respect the authority of home and school.
  • Grow caring relationships by recognizing the rights, privileges, and individual differences of others.

With these statements in mind, we recognize that the primary responsibility for your child’s growth in all these areas lies with the parents and most normally occurs within the framework of the home. At the same time, we know that parents, for a variety of reasons, desire assistance in these aspects of care and training for their children.
We are a unique school that provides approximately 200 learning days per school year, beginning in early August through the first full week of June. We take traditional school breaks (federal/state holidays, Christmas Break, Spring Break, and 8.5 weeks in summer) but are in session otherwise. See the current school calendar for details.

Curriculum: We primarily use One in Christ and A Beka Book as our guiding sources for the written curriculum.

Facilities: We have a spacious facility complete with modern classrooms, playground, lunch room, and gym.

Accreditations: Our school is a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod–Northern Illinois District.

Additional Information: We offer tuition discounts for church members and referrals of other students to our program.

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Immanuel Lutheran Preschool of Crystal Lake

300 Pathway Court Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014 (815)459-1444

Director: Carole Fiesman

Ages: 3-5 years old

Days and Hours of Operation: 8:15am to 2:15pm

Registration Begins: February 1, 2020

Registration Fee: $60

Recurring Fees(per week, month, etc.): The Beginners Program Tuesday/Thursday from 8:15 to 10:45am $140 per month Children must be 3 years old before September 1st and completely potty trained The Juniors Program Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8:15 to 10:45am $210 per month Children must be 4 years old before September 1st and completely potty trained The KPrep Program M-F from 11:45am-2:15pm $310 per month Children must be 4 years old before September 1st and completely potty trained. The Flex Program M-F any hours 8:15am-2:15pm, price varies with days needed. Full Day program is $620 per month. Children must be 3 years old before September 1st and completely potty trained.

Philosophy/General Purpose: Immanuel Lutheran Preschool has been serving the greater Crystal Lake area for over 25 years. Our mission is to provide a safe, fun, Christ-centered learning environment that fosters the development of a God-pleasing academic and spiritual life. We believe in: A strong partnership between church, school, parents, and students A balanced, interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to learning through play Development of the whole child Development of confident joyful learners Building on each child’s interests and natural curiosity and providing daily integrated learning Opportunities across children’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development An environment that welcomes children of all cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds in inclusive settings designed to meet individual needs As members of the family of Christ, our staff is a caring group of people committed to working with parents through open communication and planned events for the full development of the child’s faith.

Curriculum: Preschool program include Specials classes with Music, Choir, Spanish, 3rd Grade Buddies, and Library. We use the Letter People curriculum, Happily Ever After curriculum, and the Growing with Mathematics curriculum. The Letter People curriculum uses a fabulous group of puppets that help us learn about letters and our feelings. The Happily Ever After Curriculum uses children’s classic stories to help students with pre-reading skills. The Growing with Mathematics curriculum focuses on introducing basic math concepts of shapes, patterns, sorting, number recognition, and ordering. Also included in our day is an introduction to a new Bible story each week.

Toilet Trained: Yes

Accreditation: Immanuel Lutheran Crystal Lake is accredited by the National Lutheran Schools Association.

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.): We have a beautiful modern campus with a large library, gym for large motor skills, and a fenced in playground.

Approximate Class Size: 12

Additional Information/Notes: We accept students at any time in the year. We would be happy to answer any questions you have, or if you wanted a quick informal tour of our classroom, please email You can also call our school office and talk to Mrs. Sheila O’Malley, our admissions director and schedule a tour.

Immanuel Lutheran Preschool of Dundee

5 S. Van Buren Street East Dundee, Illinois 60118 (847) 428-1010 ext. 264

Director: Courtney Dougherty

Ages: 2.5-5

Days and Hours of Operation: Preschool 3: Tuesday/Thursday AM or PM & Wednesday/Friday AM Preschool 4: Monday-Friday AM or Monday/Tuesday/Thursday AM or Monday/Wednesday/Friday AM or Monday/Tuesday/Thursday PM Young 3’s: Monday AM Extended Care: Monday-Friday 7AM-6PM

Registration Begins: February 1, 2020

Registration Fee: $100

Recurring Fees(per week, month, etc.): Annual Tuition is $1550 for Preschool 3 two-day, $2000 for Preschool 4 three-day, $2450 for Preschool 4 five-day For FFF (almost 3’s program), the cost is $100 per each 9-week session.

Philosophy/General Purpose: Immanuel offers a kindergarten-readiness curriculum designed to set children up for success with a focus on the whole child- intellectual, physical, social/emotional, and spiritual. Certified teachers create classroom environments where each child is known and loved and challenged to grow.

Curriculum: Immanuel utilizes Jolly Phonics, HWT’s Get Set for School, Letter People, Voyages, Growing with Mathematics and more. Daily activities include circle time, table time, free play, outdoor play, snack, sharing time, Jesus time, and fine and large motor activities.

Toilet Trained: Yes Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.): Our preschool is located in a specially designed early childhood area at our campus’s 310 E. Main building. Bright, well-appointed classrooms and a multipurpose gathering space plus our outdoor playground and learning space are all designed for young children.

Approximate Class Size: 12

Accreditation: NLSA school Accredited, Recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Additional Information/Notes: Immanuel’s Preschool is a special place for students and families where a close community exists to help these youngest learners grow and achieve their full potential. The staff works closely together to create and sustain a learning environment that supports every learner. We offer daily affordable Extended Care from 7 AM-6 PM for Immanuel students and members of the community. Our Christian school environment continues through our K-8 elementary school, providing unparalleled continuity in educational excellence and community for families from 16 local communities. We invite you to learn more and to see if Immanuel provides the perfect spot for your child!

Jerri Hoffmann Child and Family Center

229 Lake Marian Rd Carpentersville, Illinois 60110 (847) 844-5116

Director: Mary Schuring Outreach & Recruitment Worker: Kathleen Jaskowiak

Days and Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 6:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Approximate Class Size: 20

Registration Fee: $0

Registration Begins: Ongoing

Ages: 3-5

Toilet Trained: No

Recurring Fees(per week, month, etc.): If it is program dependent, as we have 3 different preschool programs. We have full fee, sliding scale, and free for those who qualify.

Philosophy: As part of Children’s Home + Aid, we partner with children, youth, and families whose potential is at risk to create hope, opportunity, and bright futures. We believe children learn best through their play and interactions with their peers. Our goal is to provide a safe and consistent environment that supports children’s learning and development. Our staff utilize the Teaching Strategies Curriculum in their lesson planning. We offer a wide variety of well-planned activities that encourage exploration, experimentation, and creativity. We achieve these goals by providing age appropriate and individualized activities for each child.

Curriculum: Our 0-5 classes all use Creative Curriculum. Kindergarten teaches the District 300 curriculum.

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.): The Jerri Hoffman Child + Family Center opened a beautiful new facility on a seven acre campus in Carpentersville in 2015. We have fully equipped classrooms and great outdoor spaces, including a grass maze, butterfly gardens, and a pizza garden!

Accreditation: ExceleRate-Gold Circle of Quality, DCFS Licensed, COA-Council on Accreditation

Additional Information: We offer the following preschool programs: Half-Day: 2.5 hour program for ages 3, free to qualifying families Full-Day: Age 4 by September 1, 2020, free to qualifying families Full Day – Extended: 6:30am to 5:30pm for ages 3-5, fees based on a sliding scale

Kiddie Academy of Algonquin

2420 Harnish Drive Algonquin, Illinois 60102 (847) 458-0200 FAX: (847) 458-0249

Director: Karen Maxwell

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

Approximate Class Size: 12

Registration Fee: $125

Registration Begins: Information not provided for 2020

Ages: 6 weeks – 12 years

Toilet Trained: No

Recurring Fees(per week, month, etc.): Weekly Tuition due on Fridays 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).

KinderCare of Algonquin

501 Rolls Road Algonquin, Illinois 60102 (847) 854-8545 FAX: (847) 854-9958

Director: Nicki Lynch

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

Approximate Class Size: 20

Registration Fee: $100

Registration Begins: Ongoing

Ages: 6 weeks – 12 years

Toilet Trained: Yes

Recurring Fees(per week, month, etc.): Weekly tuition due on Friday prior to service. Registration fees are due annually every fall and upon enrollment.

Philosophy: For over 50 years, we’ve been welcoming new families just like yours to KinderCare. And today, we can still confidently say that nobody does it better. From curriculum to teachers, our approach to early education leads the industry. In our classroom, your child will find a place where they can build a skyscraper, cook and imaginary feast, or heal a teddy bear’s runny nose. They’ll find teachers who believe in them, who give them the freedom to be themselves, try something new, make new friends, and build confidence for life.

Curriculum: Right now, your child’s brain is growing faster than it ever will in their whole life, making amazing connections every second. That’s why every second of learning counts! Our classrooms are designed around your child’s unique needs, and our curriculum is built from the latest research in early childhood development to help little minds grow. We regularly assess your child’s progress – and continue the conversation with you after the bell. From exploring the world in our shoe-free baby classroom to getting ready for kindergarten in Pre-K, your child will unlock a world of infinite possibilities here.

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.): Licensed for 165 children: 9 classrooms and 3 playgrounds

Additional Information: NAEYC accredited ExceleRate-Gold Circle of Quality DCFS Licensed

Lake in the Hills Preschool Academy

Operated by the Village of Lake in the Hills Parks & Recreation Department Village Hall – 600 E. Harvest Gate Lake in the Hills, IL 60156 (847) 960-7460 – Parks & Recreation Department

Director: Michelle Steffey

Ages: 2.5-5 years old.

Days and Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday  9am – 11:45am

Registration Date for Enrollment: February 21, 2023

Toilet Trained: Yes

Approximate Class Size: 12

Registration Fee: $65

Fee (per week, month, etc.):

Threes Preschool Academy:

     T/TH      9:00am – 11:30am   LITH Village Classroom #3               $175 R / $185 NR
     T/TH      12:30 pm- 3:00 pm   LITH Village Classroom #3               $175 R / $185 NR
     M/W/F   9:00am – 11:30am    LITH Village Classroom #3             $240 R / $260 NR

Pre-K Preschool Academy:
T/Th  9:00am – 11:30am     The Annex Classroom #4                $175 R / $185 NR
M/W/F  9:00am – 11:30am     The Annex Classroom #4             $240 R / $260 NR
M/W/F   12:30 pm- 3:00 pm    LITH Village Classroom #3             $240 R / $260 NR
     M-Th   9:15am – 11:45am     The Annex Classroom #5       $295  R / $305 NR

Philosophy/General Purpose: Lake in the Hills Preschool primarily serves school districts 300, 158, and 47. We pride ourselves on delivering a developmentally appropriate curriculum in a fun and engaging format. We follow Illinois Early Learning Standards and pay particular attention to elementary school benchmarks for kindergarten.
Our highly qualified staff are passionate about teaching children and meeting each student’s individual needs. Our staff meets DCFS qualification standards. We encourage and guide the child in developing independence, responsibility, and problem solving on their own.
Our classes start with children 3 years old and grow with them until they go to kindergarten.

Facilities: The Annex: 2 E. Oak Street; LITH Village Hall: 600 Harvest Gate

Additional Information: Children must be of age by September 1, 2024. Rates are listed as monthly tuition. September tuition is due August 1. All monthly fees after that are due on the first of every month. Siblings receive a 10% discount on fees and will be applied automatically during registration.
Documentation required before start date:
Copy of child’s birth certificate and the most recent record of immunizations provided by a physician
Caregivers must provide medical, emergency, and authorized pick up information for students to participate in any preschool class.
Classroom supplies are included in the program fee; however, caregivers must take turns supplying classroom snack.
Registration is on-going anytime during the school year while space is available.

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The Learning Hills

40 West Acorn Lane, Unit A Lake in the Hills, Illinois 60156 (224) 678-7114

Director: Kirandeep Saini

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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

Registration Begins: Ongoing

Registration Fee: 1st child: $100, 2nd child $150

Recurring Fees (per week, month, etc.): per week

Philosophy/General Purpose: We are dedicated and committed to our children by providing exceptional education and quality childcare. It is our philosophy to focus on the needs of the individual child by providing a stimulating atmosphere for learning along with a secure loving environment. It is our belief that a childcare facility should be an extension of each child’s family. Our teachers and parents are encouraged to work together to provide the love and support needed as your child reaches developmental milestones and his/her own personal achievements! We are passionate about education and providing our children with the tools to be successful in life.

Curriculum: We provide responsive care and education to children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Children are able to learn and grow when they feel safe and cared for, are appropriately challenged, and guided, and have strong relationships with nurturing adults. To achieve our goal of forming a secure foundation of learning with each child by use Jolly Phonics and Creative Curriculum to develop language, literatures, Social – Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, early reading skills, Themes, Art, Pretend & Play, and STEM activities. We provide responsive care and education to children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Children are able to learn and grow when they feel safe and cared for, are appropriately challenged, and guided, and have strong relationships with nurturing adults. To achieve our goal of forming a secure foundation of learning with each child by use Jolly Phonics and Creative Curriculum to develop language, literatures, Social – Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, early reading skills, Themes, Art, Pretend & Play, and STEM activities.

Toilet Trained: No

Approximate Class Size: 7

Facilities: The building is one story. There are seven (7) classrooms, an office, a kitchen, and an employee lounge.

Additional Information: Everyone knows that without the right team and teamwork you cannot succeed at building the right foundation. That is why we have a meticulous screening and hiring process to ensure that we build, maintain, and provide the kind of team that enables us to positively impact children’s development and learning. At The Learning Hills Child Care center, we have a highly trained professional, caring, and warm team of teachers and support staff that constantly collaborate with each other, and the children’s parents to foster each child’s imagination for learning and growing. We require on-going training for our staff through state classes, orientation videos, in-house training, and by other certified professionals in the education field. All of our staff is trained in First Aid and CPR. Back to top of page

Learning Tree Preschool of Algonquin

210 N. Harrison Street Algonquin, Illinois 60102 (847) 658-6130 FAX: (847)854-3831

Director: Sue Kempe

Ages: 3-5

Days and Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 6:30am-6:00pm Preschool 8:15am-11:15am

Registration Begins: March 15, 2020

Registration Fee: $100

Recurring Fees (per week, month, etc.): Tuition is due monthly 2 days $165.00 3 days $205.00 4 days $265.00 5 days $305.00

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

Accreditation: Our center is DCFS licensed as well as Excelerate silver circle awarded.

Light of Christ Preschool

1700 Longmeadow Parkway Algonquin, Illinois 60102 (847) 658-0955

Director: Denise DiSilvio

Ages: 2-5 years old

Toilet Trained: No

Approximate Class Sizes: 15

Days and Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:45 AM-12:00 PM; Monday – Thursday 12:30-3:00 PM

Registration Date for Enrollment: February 12th, 2024

Registration Fee: $100

Fee (per week, month, ect.): Monthly Tuition varies depending on the program you are enrolled in.

Philosophy/General Purpose: Light of Christ Preschool recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each child. Established in 1992, the school’s primary mission is to instill a love of learning. At LOC Preschool, we value and celebrate God’s love for all children. We strive to instill integrity, compassion, and confidence. We give each child support and encouragement to become his or her own unique self.

Curriculum: Light of Christ Preschool’s curriculum skillfully weaves artistic and practical disciplines into everyday academics. Students learn in a developmentally appropriate environment that is academically enriched. The children will learn to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, ect.): The preschool is a mission program of Light of Christ Church and is located at 1700 Longmeadow Parkway. We have four new state of the art preschool classrooms. Please set up a tour with Denise ( to check them out.

Accreditation: Certified through the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), American Red Cross, and Kane County Health Department.

Additional Information: Director’s note: We build a family at LOC Preschool. It would be an honor to serve you and your children and watch them grow together. Visit us on our website at Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Little Lambs Preschool

9300 Ridgefield Rd, Crystal Lake IL 60012  (815) 261-8022

Director: Patricia Vanderheyden

Days and Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7:00 AM-6:00 PM

Approximate Class Size: 15

Registration Fee: $100

Require Toilet Trained: Yes

Ages: 2-5

Registration Date for Enrollment: March 1, 2022

Recurring Fees: Tuition Payments

Morning classes 8:30am-11:30am
5 days a week for $75 a week

Preschool Class Time ONLY 8:30am-3:30pm
5 days a week for $114 a week

Full-Day Classes 7:00am-6:00pm
5 days a week for $160 a week

—2 and 3-day options are also available—

Philosophy/General Purpose: We believe that each child is a special gift from God. Each child is a unique individual and is encouraged to develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially at his/her own rate. Each child is created by God with his/her own special capabilities. We try to recognize these differences and give attention to individual needs.
In a Christian atmosphere, your child will experience God’s love, know Jesus as his/her Savior, and share this love and forgiveness with others.
Through a stimulating environment, hands-on experiences, and varied learning resources, your child will gain self-confidence, independent problem-solving skills, social skills, and a love of learning. These concrete learning experiences will broaden the foundation for future learning.
The education of a child is a partnership between home and school. Parents are recognized as the child’s primary teacher and supported in that role. We strive to provide an environment in which the parent/guardian and the school can cooperatively enhance the child’s life as a special child of God.

Curriculum: The Little Lambs Preschool curriculum goal covers five areas of development. We seek to provide opportunities for growth in the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social areas of development. Activities are provided to give children opportunities for experimentation, discovery, and hands-on learning, as we know that young children learn best when they are free to interact with their environment.

Facilities: Large classroom, Fenced playground, full-size gymnasium

Accreditation: DCFS licensed

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The Place for Children with Autism

15 Crystal Lake Rd, Lake in the Hills, IL 60134   ENGLISH: (224) 218-5365  SPANISH: (224) 219-1325  FAX: (773) 305-5561

Director:  Susana Blanca Mata 

Days and Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 8:00am – 4:30pm

Ages: 2-6 years old

Require Toilet Trained: No

Approximate Class Size: 5

Registration Fee: $10

Registration Date for Enrollment: Year-round

Recurring Fees: All costs are billed through insurance. Details vary. Contact us for more details.

Philosophy/General Purpose: The Place for Children with Autism provides Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy (ABA) to children ages 2-6 years old. Our full day (8 am to 4:30pm) program targets a variety of skills across many areas of development–including communication, socialization, independent living, and school readiness skills. The goal of our ABA therapy program is to prepare children for the transition into a traditional  school setting by reducing specific challenging behaviors that interfere with learning or developing interpersonal relationships.

Curriculum: We specialize in providing the highest quality ABA therapy in a preschool-like setting for children with autism ages 2-6. Our child to therapist ratio is 1:1 and throughout the day our therapists work on increasing critical skills but in an environment which resembles a school. For example, throughout the day, there are daily activities which include circle time, story time, table time, arts and crafts, sensory play, free play, group play, outdoor play, snack, lunch, nap time (if needed), as well as fine and gross motor activities.

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.): Our Lake in the Hills center is spacious and beautiful. We have 6 classrooms and an activities room. We also have a large fenced in playground and an interior gym space complete with a slide and a ball pit. Call us to schedule a tour at Lake in the Hills or any of our other locations.

Accreditation: BHCOE Accredited, Great Place To Work Certified

Additional Information/Notes: Every child and family in our program receives a comprehensive, personalized autism assessment prior to treatment. Based on the autism assessment, a customized treatment plan is developed for each child, focusing on goals like speech therapy outcomes, toileting, and developing communication and social skills. Assessments then occur approximately every six months, allowing our clinicians to observe changes, review progress with parents, and target areas that may still need improvement.

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Primrose School of Algonquin

2300 County Line Road, Algonquin, Illinois 60102 (224) 333-0380 FAX: (224) 333-0572

Director: Ruthann Dalzell


Ages: 6 weeks-12 years

Days and Hours of Operation: M-F 6:30am-5:30pm

Registration Date for Enrollment: Our school year starts in late August annually, based on the current schedule of the school district. Enrollment is accepted year-round, based on availability in each classroom.

Registration Fee: $125

Fee (per week, month, etc.): Due monthly on the 1st, varies by schedule of the student (2, 3, or 5 days)

Philosophy/General Purpose: At Primrose Schools we empower children to reach their full potential. Our exclusive, time-tested Balanced Learning approach was created from the best early education wisdom of balancing purposeful play and nurturing guidance to encourage curiosity, confidence, creativity, and compassion.

Curriculum: Our proprietary Balanced Learning Curriculum encourages children to grow into well-rounded students. From guided learning to purposeful play, our learning spans seven STEM-focused learning domains including Physical development for health, Mathematics, Social/emotional development, Science and Technology, Language and Literacy, Social Studies, and Creative Arts and expression.

Toilet Trained: No for Early Preschool (2 year olds and young 3 year olds) Yes for 3-5 year olds

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.): Our campus is comprised of 11 enriched, age-appropriate classrooms and four separate outdoor playgrounds. We take great pride in ensuring our campus is safe, clean, and well-maintained.

Approximate Class Size: Early Preschool: 16 Preschool and Private Pre-Kindergarten: 20

Accreditation: Our school is accredited by Cognia.

Additional Information/Notes: Our faculty is comprised of degreed teachers and we pride ourselves in the tenure and experience of our team. A majority of our staff is CPR/First Aid trained. Personal tours can be arranged by calling our school and arranging a visit convenient for your schedule.

Saint Margaret Mary Preschool

119 Hubbard Street Algonquin, Illinois 60102 (847) 658-5313 FAX: (847) 854-0501

Principal: Brenna O’Hearn

Ages: 3-4 years old

Toilet Trained: Yes

Days and Hours of Operation: M-F 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Registration Begins: January 27, 2020

Registration Fee: $160

Approximate Class Size: 15

Fee (per week, month, etc.): Preschool 3: (Monthly Rate) T/TH 8:45am-11:15am $154 Preschool 4: (Monthly Rate) M/W/F 8:45-11:15am $200 Monday – Friday HALF DAY $309 Monday – Friday FULL DAY $500

Philosophy/General Purpose: We are committed to Catholic education, developing faith life, building community and Christian service. We endeavor to create a school environment that fosters respect for each person and is conducive to learning. We offer a curriculum that develops the total person through science, mathematics social studies, language arts, and religious studies.

Curriculum: St. Margaret Mary offers a hands-on balanced academic approach to student learning. Students develop their understanding of letters and letter sounds, as well as build a foundation of number sense. Our curriculum builds students’ awareness and understanding of the world around them through social learning.

Facilities (classrooms, gymnasiums, etc.): Classroom, library, computer lab, chapel, music room, gym, cafeteria fenced preschool playground with paved area for bikes.

Accreditation: The school and teachers are licensed and accredited through the State of Illinois and the Diocese of Rockford.

Sonshine Christian Preschool

18N377 Galligan Road Gilberts, Illinois 60118 (847) 551-9935 FAX: (847) 428-1640

Director: Stephanie Mueller

Ages: 3-5 years old

Toilet Trained: Yes

Days and Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00-3:00

Registration Begins: February 3, 2020 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 9-1:45 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: Learning Without Tears Get Set for School Pre-K 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 indoor 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.