The Bartlett Park District preschool is a DCFS licensed program that serves children from ages three to five. This recreational program is a play based early childhood educational program. We strongly believe in meeting the needs of the whole child and provide a curriculum that will prepare your child for later school success. Our goal is to plan daily experiences that will help the child develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually in a fun and safe environment.
All classrooms are located in the Preschool Wing of the Bartlett Community Center. We welcome you and your child to visit our school. You can tour the facility, meet the teachers, ask questions and preview the classes in session. Tours are by appointment only please contact the Preschool Coordinator at 630-540-4853 if you are interested in setting up a tour.
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 the following.
- Prior to the start of preschool enroll your child in a special class designed to gradually build their independence. Classes that are shorter in length and allow children to get used to structured activities like story time and following directions on a small scale will transfer into the preschool setting.
- Reading picture books about the beginning of school can help lessen apprehension and help your child develop positive feelings about school.
- Attend library story times or special events where other young children are present.
- Take advantage of other opportunities to leave your child in a safe environment without you, such as with a grandparent or sitter for a short time.
- Practice speaking English at home if it is not your family’s primary language.
- Practice self-help skills to build self-esteem and make the transition to school smoother.
- Do not linger when you leave your child. Children can easily pick up on your hesitation or anxiety. Tell your child you will return and give them a reassuring hug and walk away.
- Being on their own is sometimes 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 email regularly for updates from your child’s teacher, preschool coordinator, and the classroom bulletin board for important information.