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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.

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2014/15 Preschool Programs

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.

Toadstools & Pollywogs Preschool: Junior Kindergarten Program is held at Seager Park in our Interpretive Center, 1163 Plank Road. Classes will be held Monday-Thursday from 12:45-3:15 p.m. and begin September 8, ending May 21, 2015. The adjacent park 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. Call 630-848-5000 to learn how to register today!



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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.


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


Preschool Information Night
Do you have questions about the Park District’s preschool program? Our Preschool Information Night will answer all of your preschool-related questions!

Jan. 15
6:30-7:30 p.m. Seager Park Interpretive Center


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

Two Plus
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.

Three-Year-Olds
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 and Four-Year-Olds
Children must be 3 or 4 by Sept. 1, 2014
Mixed-age preschool classes offer an age range of over a year, broader than the typical class. This allows teachers to maximize the benefits of interaction and cooperation among children. Children typically choose to play with children who have similar interests and play styles; this is not always defined by age.

Four-Year-Olds
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.

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.

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

How To Register
Preschool Registration Process
Registration for all new students entering the 2014/2015 program will begin in January, 2014. Park District registration forms can be submitted any time during the registration period. These forms may be mailed to the Park District or dropped off in person. Once submitted, the forms will be held until the processing date below. Preschool registration is not available online. Once your child has been registered for a preschool class, you may not waitlist that child for another preschool class.

January 6-January 17: Preschool registration form drop-off—new resident participants
Preschool registration forms will be accepted at the Administration Building, Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center and the 95th St. Center. At the time of drop-off, you must bring a completed registration form, proof of residency, a copy of your child’s birth certificate and the $75 nonrefundable registration fee. Please be sure to indicate your first and second class choice. If a second choice is not listed on your registration form or if your first and second choices are filled, you will be placed on a wait list for your first choice at registration. If you need to have children placed in the same class for the purpose of carpooling, please staple forms together and indicate carpool needs on the form.

January 8-January 17: Priority registration—returning participants
All children currently enrolled in the 2013/2014 preschool program will receive priority registration for the 2014/2015 school year. Please bring the nonrefundable $75 registration fee, proof of residency and a completed registration form to the Administration Building, Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center or the 95th St. Center. Preschool spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

January 20: New preschool registration applications processed
All the new preschool registration applications submitted between January 6 and January 17 will be placed in classes based on selections submitted and availability.

January 27: Nonresident and walk-in registration begins
Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis for any open spots.

August 1: First preschool payment due
The first monthly payment is due on August 1 . All registrations processed after August 1 must include the first monthly payment and the $75 nonrefundable registration fee.

Once your child has been placed in a class, they cannot be placed on a wait list for a different class. A nonrefundable $10 late fee will be applied to any late payments.

Payments Due
The first monthly payment is due on August 1, 2014 . All registrations processed after August 1 must include the first monthly payment and the $75 nonrefundable registration fee. After August 1, monthly payments begin September 1 and continue through April 1. A nonrefundable $10 late fee will be applied to any late payments received after the tenth day of the month. Registering for preschool is a commitment for the entire year; however, we recognize situations arise that require a withdrawal from our program. All withdrawals must be made by March 15; after this date, parents are responsible for payment for the reaminder of the year. If you plan on withdrawing your child, we require two weeks’ notice.
 
 
Upcoming Registration Dates
Nov 17, 2014 - 8:30am
Resident Registration - Winter Programs
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Nov 20, 2014 - 8:30am
Nonresident Registration - Winter Programs
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Dec 2, 2014 - 12:00pm
Resident Online Registration - Girls Spring Soccer
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Dec 3, 2014 - 12:00pm
Resident Online Registration - Boys Spring Soccer
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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 napervilleparks.org/registration to set up your account today.

 

 
 
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