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2014/15 Preschool Programs

Naperville Park District Preschools are guided by the philosophy of learning through play. Play nourishes every aspect of a child’s development.  It forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical and emotional skills necessary for success in school and in life.  Play paves the way for learning. The curriculum includes activities involving art, math, science, language, music movement and dramatic play. Please visit our preschool blog at to see all of the wonderful learning opportunities that students are engaging in.  We offer three preschool experiences: Little da Vinci, Sunny Days and Toadstools and Pollywogs. 


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.

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.

Programs & Requirements

All children must have a current medical form on file with the Park District and be toilet trained.

Children must be 2 1/2 by Sept. 1, 2014
This program focuses on preschool preparedness skills such as walking in a line, taking turns, listening, circle time, following directions, sharing and participating in clean-up time. Emphasis is placed on socialization skills as well as building self-confidence and self-esteem. Children do not need to be toilet trained for this class.

Children must be 3 by Sept. 1, 2014
The program focuses on socialization and the introduction of key early childhood skills including: colors, shapes, numbers, alphabet, simple math and science concepts, name recognition, following directions and basic cutting skills. We have two and three day options.

Three Plus
Children must be 3 by Sept. 1, 2014
This program is a three-year-old preschool class designed for children who are ready for an additional day of preschool.

Children must be 4 by Sept. 1, 2014
The four-year-old program covers many different concepts including: mastery of colors, numbers and basic shapes, introduction to complex shapes, in-depth exposure to the alphabet through sight and sound, advanced cutting skills, more complex math and science skills and much more. We have three and four day options.

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.

Junior Kindergarten
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 forkindergarten. This class provides the platform for children to continue to lay the foundation for life-long learning.

Preschool Tours
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.

Preschool Information Night
Do you have questions about the Park District's preschool program? Join us on Jan.7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center, or Jan. 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center to learn more.

Preschool Registration Process: 2014-2015
Registration is currently in progress.

Preschool Registration Process: 2015-2016

Once your child has been registered for a preschool class, you may not waitlist that child for another preschool class.

January 12 – 16: Priority Registration for current participants
All children currently enrolled in the 2014-15 preschool program will receive priority registration for the 2015-16 school year.  An informational packet will be sent home the beginning of January.  Please bring the non-refundable $75 registration fee, proof of residency and a completed registration form to the Administration Building, Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 95th Street or the Knoch Knolls Nature Center. Preschool spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

January 20: Resident Registration begins
Registration opens on January 20th on a first come, first served basis.  You may register at the Administration Building, Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 95th Street or the Knoch Knolls Nature Center. You must register in person, no online, phone or mailed forms will be accepted.   At time of registration, proof of residency, a copy of your child’s birth certificate and a non- refundable registration fee of $75 is required. Please note that you will not be allowed to register without a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

January 26: Nonresident Registration begins
Registration for nonresidents will begin on January 26th on a first come, first served basis.  You may register at the Administration Building, Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 95th Street or the Knoch Knolls Nature Center. You must register in person, no online, phone or mailed forms will be accepted.   At time of registration, a copy of your child’s birth certificate and a non- refundable registration fee of $75 are required. Please note that you will not be allowed to register without a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

May 10: September Preschool Payment is due
The first monthly payment is due by May 10th. Please be aware that if payment is not received by June 1st, your child’s preschool spot is not guaranteed.

August 25th: Preschool Paperwork will be mailed.
You will receive a welcome packet at the end of August that will include your child’s teachers and orientation time along with the mandatory registration forms. Please bring the completed forms to your child’s orientation.  You will need to complete the following: Physical Form, Child’s Information Card and Getting to Know Your Child Form.  If you would like to sign up for automatic monthly payments, please fill out the Automatic Payment Form for 2015-16.  All paperwork must be complete before your child will be allowed to start preschool. 

September 14th & 15th: Orientation
Orientation is an opportunity for you and your child to visit your child’s classroom and meet his/her teacher.  Preschool Orientation will be on Monday, September 14, 2015 for Monday and Wednesday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and Monday thru Thursday classes.  For Tuesday and Thursday classes, Orientation will be on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. 

Payments Due

The September’s tuition is due by May 10th.  It is important that you stay current on your child’s tuition.  There will be a $10 late fee applied if your child’s tuition is received after the 10th. Please see the following tuition schedule below:
September 15th: October Tuition Due
October 10th: November Tuition Due
November 10th: December Tuition Due
December 10th: January Tuition Due
January 10th: February Tuition Due
February 10th: March Tuition Due
March 10th: April Tuition Due
April 10th: May Tuition Due

Program Withdraw
Enrolling in preschool should be understood as a commitment to the entire year; however, we do understand that situations arise that would require a withdrawal from the program. Withdrawals are accepted throughout the year until March 1. After March 1, families are required to continue paying for the remainder of the year. To withdraw from the Naperville Park District Preschool Program, we ask that you provide written notice two-weeks in advance and submit it to the Program Manager.

Preschool brochure
Parent handbook
Getting to know your child
First day of preschool information
Child's information card
Registration form
Certificate of health form
Payment authorization form

Upcoming Registration Dates
Dec 7, 2015 - 8:30am
Resident Registration - Winter Programs
Dec 10, 2015 - 8:30am
Nonresident Registration - Winter Programs

Important Information
First-Time Registrants
Individuals wanting to register online for Naperville Park District programs must first establish an account with us. In order to be eligible for the resident fee, proof of residency within the Naperville Park District is required by submitting one of the following documents: driver's license, preprinted personal check or City of Naperville utility bill.

To register, fill out the online registration form. You also can submit your proof of residency by emailing it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by fax at 630-848-5001 or at Naperville Park District's Administration Building, the 95th Street Center or the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center.

We will set up your account and issue you a "Barcode and PIN," then you will be free to register through RecEnroll, our online registration system. Call 630-848-5000 or go to to set up your account today.


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