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Parent Information


The first day of preschool is a big step for you and your child to take. Being adequately prepared for this milestone is key to your child’s success. To make the transition a little easier you may want to try some of the suggestions below.

  • Read picture books about the beginning of school can help to lessen apprehensions and help your child develop positive feelings about school.
  • Enroll in a special class prior to preschool that are designed to gradually ease the child towards independence. Classes are planned in shorter lengths of time and children get use to structured activities such as story time and following directions on a small scale.
  • Attend library story times or special events where other young children are present.
  • Take advantage of other opportunities to leave you child in a safe environment without you with a grandparent or babysitter for a short time.
  • Do not linger when you leave your child. Children easily pick up on your hesitation or anxiety. Tell your child you will return and give them a reassuring hug and walk away.
  • Practice speaking English at home if it is not your family’s primary language.
  • Being on their own is sometime unsettling to a child and it only complicates the situation if they cannot understand or communicate with the teachers or other children.
  • Toilet independence is required prior to starting preschool.

Please remember to check your child’s classroom bulletin board daily for important information

Welcome Letter
Parent Handbook
DCFS Handbook

Preschool Year Calendar
School Supplies
Frequently Asked Questions

Preschool Newsletter

Preschool Calendar

September September
October October
November November
December December
January January
February February
March March
April April
May May


Preschool Curriculum

Our program’s goal is to prepare each child for entering Kindergarten. We follow the Illinois Early Learning Developmental Standards. We achieve this by providing each child the opportunity to grow at their own pace in large and small groups as well as one on one. Our teachers create lessons that incorporate the skills to master achievable age appropriate goals. To you and the average person, it may appear as “all they do is play”, however, to a child, the best way to learn is through play.

Handwriting / Letter Recognition and Math / Number Recognition

We use many resources to develop handwriting and math skills by incorporating hands-on, multisensory materials that are designed in such a way that introduces shapes, numbers, and letters in an order that matches the progression of children’s developmental abilities so that it is easier for them to practice, learn, and remember.

We utilize an array of resources such as but not limited to:  Handwriting (Learning) without Tears; Handwriting / Numbers Galore; teacherspayteachers; A-Z Handwriting NO PREP and so much more. Our 4 year old / Pre-K programs are even beginning to learn sight words for early beginning reading prep (these are words commonly seen such as “a, to, the, and, at, go, be, can, etc).

Capital Formation Chart
Hold My Crayon
Landscape Print Ready
Lower Case Letter Formation
Mat Man
Number Formation Chart
Paper Letter Pieces
Show Me My Name

Informational Preschool Resources

Areas Of Skill Development
Before School
Beginning Reading
Developmental Learning Concepts
Developmental Profile: 3 Year Old
Developmental Profile: 4 Year Old
First Steps to Acknowledging Child’s Fears
Give Me Five
Illinois Standards
Independence and Success in Life
Learning Styles
What Do We Do In Preschool
Philosophy of Learning
Potty Training Cheat Sheet
Reveal the Hidden Math
Speech & Language Development
Parent Resource Link
“W” Sitting
What to Expect
When to Stay Home

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