Preschool

Preschool

A Perfect Place for Learning

Building a block tower with friends. “Cooking” in a play kitchen. Sitting on the floor for a story. Making a craft. These are activities that occur every day in our preschool program.

Under the guidance of our exceptional teachers, hands-on daily activities are designed to promote each child’s physical, creative, cognitive, social, and emotional growth. Best of all, with such a wonderful start in a nurturing, stable and loving environment, our young students gain a solid foundation for future school success, through play.

We offer structured programming for 2, 3, and 4-year-olds that emphasizes socialization and self-expression through manipulatives, art, music, fine and gross motor skills, and hands-on activities. Social-emotional development (not academics) is our main focus for the 2 and 3-year-old programs. The 4-year-old program introduces kindergarten readiness concepts through play-based activities.

Our Preschool Program is certified by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and all of our staff meet the qualifications set forth by this agency. 

We look forward to fostering a love of learning in your child!

Preschool Classroom

Preschool Registration

  • Residents currently enrolled and continuing in the Preschool Program are given priority registration.
  • Children must be age appropriate by September 1 to enroll in the Preschool Program.
  • All students attending preschool need to provide a birth certificate, a completed medical form, a copy of current up to date immunizations, as well as all required (provided) paperwork required by DCFS. Failure to provide these documents by will result in a loss of your deposit and child’s spot in the program.

For information about registration, please contact Brooke Plofsky, Preschool Director, at 847-685-4400 or bplofsky@prparks.org.

2024-2025 Registration Information

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is ongoing!

  • Online registration is encouraged. 
  • IMPORTANT: To register online families must have an established account at the Park Ridge Park District. To create an account, please visit the Maine Park Leisure Center at least one week prior to the preschool registration date. Click here for more information. 
  • Some classes may be full due to priority registration for children currently enrolled in our Preschool Program.
  • Birth Certificates are required for all new children enrolling.
  • Children must be age appropriate by September 1 to enroll.
  • All children must be completely toilet trained to participate.
  • Proof of residency is required to receive resident rates.
  • A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. Payment plans are available by calling the front desk.
  • School starts Tuesday, September 3, 2024.
Nature Preschool

We also offer Nature Preschool, a separate, but complementary program to the Park Ridge Park District Licensed Preschool.

Learn more

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about our play-based preschool program, please contact:

Brooke Plofsky, Supervisor: 

847-685-4400 or bplofsky@prparks.org

Desktop Registration

Desktop Registration

How to register online (desktop)

Mobile Registration

Mobile Registration

How to register for preschool using your mobile device

We Offer Full-Day Options!

Looking to have your child attend school from 9:00am-3:00pm? We have wonderful options to help build your child's day, including traditional play-based Preschool, Nature Preschool, and enrichment programs. All preschool programs are housed within the Maine Park campus. Our staff will take your child from class to class ensuring smooth transitions throughout the day.

Fall 2024 Options

We Offer Full-Day Options!
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