Early Childhood - Preschool
2014/15 Preschool Programs
The Naperville Park District offers many programs, including introductory sports, designed for early childhood-aged children. We now offer three September-May preschool programs - Sunny Days, Little da Vinci and our award-winning Toadstools & Pollywogs! Our programming provides many opportunities to try out programs that appeal to a wide variety of interests.
Naperville Park District’s Sunny Days Preschool is taught in well-equipped preschool classrooms in a variety of locations. Each setting includes the necessary materials for children to learn essential kindergarten readiness skills and concepts in preparation for the next level of education. Our hands-on, focused learning programs emphasize individual growth, self-esteem and meeting the preschool learning needs of each individual child. Our classrooms encourage engaged learning to promote your child’s use of language, creativity, problem-solving and cognitive thinking skills. Playing with others, participating in small and large group activities and following directions will help your child achieve healthy, emotional development.
Naperville Park District’s state award-winning Toadstool & Pollywogs Preschool is located at Seager Park in our Interpretive Center and at Knoch Knolls Park in our newly-built Nature Center. The adjacent park at each location offers vast acres of land with nearby walking trails, open fields, a pond, river and an abundance of wildlife that provide preschoolers with endless investigation opportunities. The curriculum combines traditional kindergarten readiness learning and preschool age-appropriate activities, with an emphasis on environmental education; recycling and conservation education are integral parts of this preschool’s curriculum. Students will go outside every day to explore as part of the learning environment.
Temporary parking for preschool held at the new Knoch Knolls Nature Center
Despite delays to the construction of the outdoor areas, the preschool program will begin as scheduled next week. Please note, however, that the main parking lot for the Knoch Knolls Nature Center is still under construction and will not be available until later this month. Until the parking lot is complete, preschool program participants will use a temporary grass parking area located next to the Knoch Knolls Nature Center. Included with this letter is a map of the Knoch Knolls Nature Center and temporary parking. Signs will be posted to identify the entrance to the parking area and park district staff will be onsite the first several days of class to assist with parking.
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. While portions of the project are still under construction please know that your child’s Toadstools & Pollywogs experience in the classroom and exploring the park will not be negatively affected. If you have questions regarding the project or the Toadstools & Pollywogs program please contact the Naperville Park District at (630) 848-5000.
Naperville Park District’s Little da Vinci Preschool is taught at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center in our newly-outfitted children’s art studio and dance rooms. The art studio serves as the children’s main classroom, offering opportunities for a wide variety of artistic and creative experiences. The curriculum provides traditional preschool activities, with an emphasis on the “A” in S.T.E.A.M. learning—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Early childhood education researchers agree that encouraging children to express their ideas in a wide variety of creative ways builds the foundation for science-related knowledge and future success. Using art and movement experiences, our teachers stimulate problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, and reinforce a variety of social and academic concepts.
Getting to know your child
First day of preschool information
Child's information card
Certificate of health form
Payment authorization form
Programs & Requirements
All children must have a current medical form on file with the Park District and be toilet trained.
Children must be 4 by Sept. 1, 2014
Our four-year-old program is a continuation of our three-year-old preschool program. Children will continue to work on developing their social skills while building their foundation of learning. Children will continue to develop their early literacy,math, science and social study skills through hands-on learning experiences.
Children must be 4 by Sept. 1, 2014
This program is an extension of our four-year-old program designed for children who are ready for an additional day of preschool.
Children must be 5 by Nov. 1, 2014
This program is designed for children who have completed a four-year-old preschool program but are not yet ready for kindergarten. This class provides the platform for children to continue to lay the foundation for life-long learning.
Visit our preschool classrooms in action! Tours are approximately 30-minutes in length and by appointment only. Please call 630-848-3571 to schedule a tour from October through April.
Interested in finding out more about our program and curriculum?
See what’s happening in our current preschool year by reading our preschool blog, www.npdpreschool.blogspot.com
PaymentThe ﬁrst monthly payment is due on May 1, 2014. Participants registering after May 1 must make the ﬁrst payment at time of registration. The second payment is due on September 10 and continues through April 10. Monthly payments made after the10th of the month will incur a late fee of $10. Registering for preschool is a commitment for the entire year; however, we recognize situations arise that require a withdrawal from our program. If you plan on removing your child, we require a two week written notice. All withdrawals must be made by March 15; after this date, parents are responsible for making payment for the remainder of the year.
Important DatesMay 1:
The ﬁrst monthly payment is due on May 1, 2014. Participants registering after May 1 must make the ﬁrst payment at time of registration.
All Preschool forms due.
Orientation time and teacher assignments mailed out.
The second payment is due on September 10 and continues through April 10. Monthly payments made after the10th of the month will incur a late fee of $10. Registering for preschool is a commitment for the entire year; however, we recognize situations arise that require a withdrawal from our program. If you plan on removing your child, we require a two week written notice. All withdrawals must be made by March 15; after this date, parents are responsible for making payment for the remainder of the year.
How To RegisterRegistration is currently in progress.
Please call 630-848-5000 or stop in and visit a facility with a Community Relations Associate