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The Naperville Park District's two preschool programs provide the tools and stimulation to help your child grow and learn in an environment that focuses on the development of the whole child. NPD Preschool Academy and Toadstools & Pollywogs provide continuous opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

2017/18 Naperville Park District Preschool

Our two preschool programs provide the tools and stimulation to help your child grow and learn in an environment that focuses on the development of the whole child. NPD Preschool Academy and Toadstools & Pollywogs provide continuous opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive and physical development Please visit our preschool blog at www.npdpreschool.blogspot.com.





Naperville Park District Preschool Academy
NPD Preschool Academy emphasizes play with a purpose where teachers create an environment that fosters curiosity and facilitates learning.  Through this guided play, the children develop kindergarten readiness skills. Our program is centered on hands-on learning experiences with the foundation based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards and Objectives.  The curriculum includes music, science, art, math, literacy, large and small muscle activities, and learning games.  Our program’s focus is on individual growth, self-esteem, problem solving and social interaction. 

1 - No Drop-Off/Pickup Option
2 - Drop-off option/Come in to pickup
3 - Drop-Off & Pickup Option


Toadstools & Pollywogs Preschool
Located at our Interpretive Center at Seager Park and at our Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Toadstools & Pollywogs takes advantage of the vast acres of land with nearby walking trails, open fields, pond, river and an abundance of wildlife which provides endless opportunities for our preschoolers to explore and investigate.

Toadstools and Pollywogs emphasizes play with a purpose where teachers use the natural environment to   foster curiosity and facilitate learning.  Through this guided play, the children develop kindergarten readiness skills. Our program is centered on hands-on learning experiences with the foundation based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards and Objectives.  The curriculum includes music, science, art, math, literacy, large and small muscle activities, and learning games.  Our program’s focus is on individual growth, self-esteem, problem solving and social interaction. 

 

Preschool Tours

Visit our preschool classrooms in action! Tours are approximately 30-minutes in length and by appointment only.  Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a tour from October through April.

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 question!
January 11: Preschool Information Night at Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

January 18: Preschool Information Night at Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

 

Programs & Requirements

Children must have a current medical form on file with the Park District and must be fully toilet trained (no Pull-Ups® allowed). Children must be able to separate from parents or caregiver in a timely manner and must be able to communicate their basic needs and follow simple directions.

Twos Plus: Children must be 2 ½ by Sept. 1, 2017
This class is designed to make your child’s first preschool experience a calm and comfortable one.  The program focuses on separation and building trusting relationships between child and teacher and teacher and parent.  Your child is exposed to a variety of activities and experiences that encourage social awareness and cognitive development in a gentle, nurturing and playful environment.  

Three- Year-Olds: Children must be 3 by Sept. 1, 2017
This program focuses on creating a warm and nurturing environment where children are encouraged to explore and interact with one another.  Children are introduced to key early childhood basic skills and concepts though play and hands-on experiences.

Three Plus: Children must be 3 by Sept. 1, 2017
This program is a three-year old preschool class designed for children who are ready for an additional day of preschool.  The program focuses on creating a warm and nurturing environment where children are encouraged to explore and interact with one another.  Children are introduced to key early childhood basic skills and concepts though play and hands-on experiences.

Four-Year-Olds: Children must be 4 by Sept. 1, 2017
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.

Pre-Kindergarten: Children must be 4 by Sept. 1, 2017
This program is an extension of our 4 year old program. It is designed for children who are ready to attend for an additional day of preschool.   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.

Preschool Registration Process:

Registration Requirments
• There is a $75 nonrefundable registration fee.

• Two options are available for preschool payments. Parents may pay for the program in full at    the time of registration or enroll in an automatic payment plan through use of a credit/debit card or checking account. If enrolling in the automatic payment plan, the first tuition payment is due at the time of registration.

• If your child is a new student, a copy of their birth certificate is required. Please note that you will not be allowed to register without a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

• Preschool
 spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

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

• Please note that your child must be 30 months, 3, or 4 by September 1. No exceptions will be made.

Registration Locations
You must register in person at a Naperville Park District registration office. Online, phone registration or mailed forms will not be accepted.

  • Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 West Jackson Avenue (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday)
  • 95th Street Center, 2244 West 95th Street (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday)
  • Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road (9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday)

 

Important Dates

January 11: Preschool Information Night at Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

January 18: Preschool Information Night at Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

January 16-19: Priority Registration for current participants and alumni families

All children currently enrolled in the 2017-18 preschool program or alumni families will receive priority registration for the 2018-19 school year.  An informational packet will be sent home at the beginning of January. 

January 23: Resident Registration begins

January 29: Nonresident Registration begins

August 24: Preschool Welcome Letter will be mailed
You will receive a welcome letter at the end of August that will include your child’s teachers and orientation time. You will need to complete the following: Physical Form, Child’s Information Card and Getting to Know Your Child Form and bring them to orientation. The forms were provided in your blue folder that you received when you registered. They also are available on our website, napervilleparks.org. Preschool forms will not be accepted before orientation. All paperwork must be complete before your child will be allowed to start preschool. 

September 10 and 11 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 10, 2018 for Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and Monday-Thursday programs.  For Tuesday and Thursday programs, orientation will be on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. 

 

Payment Options

Two options are available for preschool payments.

  • Pay the full program fee at the time of registration.
  • Pay the first tuition payment at the time of registration and enroll in the automatic payment plan where an additional eight equal tuition payments will be withdrawn from your checking account or charged to a credit/debit card. These payments will occur on the first of each month beginning September 15 through April 15. Credit/debit cards that are declined will be charged a $25 service fee by the Naperville Park District and may result in the forfeiture of this payment option.

    2017 – 2018 Payment Authorization Form
     
Program Withdraw

Enrolling in preschool is a commitment that your child will attend for the entire preschool year.  However, we do understand that situations arise that require a withdrawal from the program. The Naperville Park District must receive requests to withdraw from the 2017-2018 preschool program by July 25, 2017 in order for you to receive a refund of your first tuition payment. First tuition payment refunds will not be issued after this date. The first tuition payment is nonrefundable for preschool program registrations received after July 25. 

Program withdrawal requests received after the start of preschool must be received two weeks before your child’s last day in order to receive a refund of tuition paid for days that your child will not attend due to withdrawing from the program. Program withdrawal requests will be accepted October 1 through March 1. Refunds will not be issued for program withdrawal requests received after March 1.  Please contact the Program Manager if you need to cancel your child’s preschool enrollment at (630)848-3571.

Resources
2017/2018 - Payment Authorization Form
2016/2017 - Payment Authorization Form
Preschool brochure 
Parent handbook
Getting to know your child 
First day of preschool information
Child's information card 
Registration form 
Certificate of health form

 


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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
 
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