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A Place to Grow: Bartlett Park District Preschool

Looking for a place for your child to flourish? The Bartlett Park District preschool is a DCFS licensed program that serves children from ages three to five. This recreational program provides an environment where your child will foster their unique growth through play based learning. 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 your child grow 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.

Registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Classes begin the week of September 6, 2022 through May 19, 2023. To register, a deposit of $175 plus your child’s birth certificate must be turned in with your completed preschool registration form. 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 or email Karen Maxwell.

The first days of preschool are very big steps for you and your child to take. Helping you and your child to be best prepared to reach this milestone is key to your child’s success. To make the transition a little easier you may want to try some of these suggestions:

  •  Reading picture books about the beginning of school can help to lessen apprehensions and help your child develop positive feelings about school.
  • Practice self-help skills to build self-esteem and make transitions smoother.
  • Participate in a social activities prior to preschool that are designed to gradually ease your child towards independence and larger groups. Classes or events are planned in shortened 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, parent tot music classes or special events where other young children are.
  • Take advantage of other opportunities to leave you child in a safe, constructive environment without you, such as a babysitter/grandparent for a short time.
  • If your family is multilingual, and your child does not speak or understand English, practice speaking English at home so your child can communicate with their teachers and peers. Learning / knowing multiple languages is wonderful.
  • Toilet independence is required prior to starting preschool. (no pull-ups or diapers can be worn in class). Teach your child to dress and undress accordingly and to perform the process on their own, which will in turn make them feel more confident.