Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center (ARRCC) 305 W. Jackson Ave. Conveniently located in the heart of vibrant and beautiful Downtown Naperville, the ARRCC is home to the NPD Preschool Academy. The first floor Preschool Academy rooms are bright, welcoming spaces highlighted by learning stations, toys, educational tools and more that encourage hands-on exploration. Program is taught by experienced early childhood teachers who are kind and encouraging. Seager Park Interpretive Center 1163 Plank Rd. The Seager Park Interpretive Center, located in north Naperville, is one of two facilities that offer the Toadstools and Pollywogs Preschool program. This light and bright facility located within Seager Park, is a nature-learning destination accented by rich, local history. The park includes many trees, plants and wildlife with paths for exploring nature during class time. A nearby playground also adds to the fun. Program is taught by energetic, experienced early childhood teachers with a passion for nature-based education. Knoch Knolls Nature Center 320 Knoch Knolls Rd. Knoch Knolls Nature Center, located in south Naperville, also is home to the Toadstools and Pollywogs Preschool. This historic destination rich with learning opportunities features the DuPage River, woodlands and educational exhibits as part of the nature center itself. The facility features a bright, nature-inspired preschool room and an onsite nature playground ready for outdoor fun. Program is instructed by engaging and experienced early childhood teachers with a love for nature-based learning and activities. NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT PRESCHOOL FACILITIES N aperville Park District preschool programs 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. Our curriculum is anchored in literacy and focuses heavily on cooperative learning, social-emotional well-being, problem-solving, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, math and science. The curriculum consists of 5 thematic units: Family, Friends, Wind and Water, Shadows and Reflections and Things That Grow and maintains a scoped and sequenced progression of both literacy and math. Through hands-on learning experiences, children develop critical thinking skills, learn how to effectively communicate with one another, learn how to navigate a classroom (group) and develop independence skills. The child’s imagination is stimulated through finger play, storytelling and dress up. When children engage in dramatic play, they learn how to cope with feelings, how to bring the large confusing world into a small manageable size and how to become socially adept as they take turns and cooperate with each other. A carefully planned program allows the preschooler to freely explore their environment, themselves and others. Thank you for choosing one of our preschools at the Naperville Park District. Our entire preschool staff is looking forward to another great year! Naperville Park District Preschool Click here to search by age and location •• Indicates School District Residents pay resident rates 44 WINTER 2022 NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT PRESCHOOL