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Preschool Programs


All preschool classes meet in our secure preschool wing located in the Bartlett Community Center. Classes are offered for 3, 4 and 5 year old children. We also offer a Young 3’s (turning 3 after Sept. 1st) beginning in late October. See Young 3’s registration packet for age requirements and late starts. Children must be toilet independent by the first day of class.

The preschool staff are experienced and trained in early childhood education and recreational trends.  We believe in the philosophy that children learn through play.  The curriculum includes developmental appropriate experiences in art, language, literature, math, science, athletics and health.

Registration for the 2021-22 school year opens on January 30th. To register, a deposit of $175 plus your child’s birth certificate must be turned in with your completed preschool registration form. Beginning January 30th, forms are available in person at the Bartlett Community Center front desk. Online registration is not available for preschool. Please contact Karen Maxwell with any questions. 630-540-4853,

YOUNG THREE’S – October 2021

This class is designed for the child that turn three after the September 1 cut off date. It is offered this year beginning in October with registration open through January 22nd or until capacity is reached. Students must turn three prior to starting class. Curriculum includes but is not limited to creative art, language arts, literature, early math concepts, introduction to science, social and emotional development, gross and fine motor skill development, character counts, simple sign language, handwriting and self-help skills.

Class Time

Tuesday & Thursday Class Time: 9-10:30am

Class begins mid-October and ends May 19, 2022


This recreational class is designed to offer a variety of preschool learning experiences. Children must be 3 years of age by September 1st and be toilet independent. This play based program focuses on socialization skills, fostering independence and following a directed path. The program stresses all areas of child development through play, literature, art, music, group activities, center work and outdoor/gym time. Classes begin the week of September 7th and conclude the week of May 20th.

Class Choices

Tuesday & Thursday Class Time: 9:15-11:10am and 8:45-10:40am
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday Class Time: 9:15-11:10am and 9-10:50am


FOUR’S – 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

This recreational class is designed to offer a variety of learning experiences. Children must be 4 years of age by September 1st and toilet independent.  This play based program places an emphasis on important learning and social skills to prepare the student for later school success. These include listening and readiness skills, social skills, gross and fine motor skills and introductory math and science skills. Children will learn through play experiences, music, alphabet projects, group time, literature, gym and outdoor play.

Class Choices

Monday, Wednesday & Friday Class Time: 8:45-11:30am
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Class Time: 8:45-11:30am, 12:30-2:45pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Class Time: 9-11:45am

PRE K – 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

The Pre-Kindergarten recreational class is designed to offer a variety of learning experiences. Children must be 5 years old by Jan. 1, and must be toilet independent. This class is also ideal for the child who is eligible for kindergarten but may need and extra year of preschool experience.  This play based class will focus on listening and readiness skills to prepare the student for Kindergarten. Students will have experiences in play activities, gym/outdoor activities, group projects, art, music, science, math, language, and literature activities.

Class Time

Monday through Friday Class Time: 9-11:45am