Preschool Registration

Is your child ready for Preschool this fall? Space is still available and it's not too late to register - reserve your spot today! For more information, call 847/256-6100.


2017-2018 School Year

Register Online Preschool Forms 2017-2018 Calendar

It is the goal of the Early Childhood Center Preschool to provide a program for three and four-year-olds that is nurturing, allows children to grow through their natural instinct to explore, lays a solid foundation of self-confidence and prepares them for elementary school.

Our program, licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services, is based on the philosophy that children learn through play and experience. When given the opportunity, children will naturally explore, discover, learn to cooperate with others and develop strong self-esteem. Through a wide variety of experiences, children also develop their social, emotional and physical skills.

At the Early Childhood Center children are offered a chance to learn in a place where each individual meets with approval and success. Our teachers offer children a variety of small and large group activities. We do this because we believe it is important that every child have a positive learning experience. Utilizing the Creative Curriculum approach, endorsed by the National Association of Education of Young Children, each classroom conducts weekly studies, offering areas for blocks and dramatic play, small and large motor activities, quiet time as well as experiences with music, art, literacy and science/discovery.

While our Early Childhood Center staff offers each class an environment that gives children the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential, we also serve as a support system, helping to meet each individual family's needs.

The Early Childhood Center offers a unique five-morning program for older 3-year-olds to accommodate the rapid development of fine motor and cognitive skills within this age group. This is a multi-age class that combines the older 3-year-olds with 4-year-olds for a special classroom experience with many learning opportunities available to the children. Children must be 3-years-old by March 1, 2017 to enroll in this program.

The Early Childhood Center follows the Wilmette Public Schools District 39 calendar of full days off, as well as one Park District staff in-service day. Children must be 3-years-old by September 1, 2017 and toilet trained. Pull-Ups and diapers are not permitted.

Please contact Olga Miklasz at 847-920-3910 for additional program information.

  • Preschool Teachers and Staff:

    Nancy Benton , A.A., ECE
    Mary Berger, B.S.
    Arlene Bretts, B.S. Ed.
    Gail Chepulis, B.A., ECE
    Carol Heredia, A.A., ECD
    Barb Maloney, B.A., Ed
    Debbie Powell, B.S.
    Sari Shein, M. S., Ed

    Full Day Preschool

    Stephanie Flynn, B.S., Ed
    Kelli Krueger, B.A., Foundations of Education

  • Full-Day Preschool

    The Wilmette Park District Early Childhood Center offers high quality preschool education with extended coverage to provide a full-day program option. Children may join us for 2, 3 or 5 days at 11:15 a.m., after their preschool day ends, for a hot catered lunch and extended classroom activities.

    Activities will include art, music, science, literature, outdoor playtime and free exploration. The afternoon will also include a rest/naptime. Note: Children must be enrolled in the Wilmette Park District Preschool program, and must be toilet trained.

    In addition to closures on Thanksgiving, the Friday after Thanksgiving and Memorial Day, the Full-Day Preschool program will be closed for two weeks over Winter Break, one week for Spring Break, one staff in-service day and during summer vacation.

    This program is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services. Please contact Olga Miklasz, Early Childhood Supervisor at 847/920-3910 for additional program information.

    2017-2018 Calendar Lunch Menus

  • Lunch Bunch

    A nice opportunity to extend a child's time at school through the lunch hour, this program is a great option for children who are ready for a fuller day and more enriching Preschool experience.

    Lunch Bunch is open to children participating in our four-year-old morning Preschool program. Children will be served a hot, catered lunch (as required by DCFS) and then enjoy a variety of activities such as music, gymnastics, art, drama and science.

    Lunch Bunch will follow the Wilmette Public Schools District 39 calendar of full days off, as well as one Park District staff in-service day. Please contact Olga Miklasz at 847-920-3910 for more program information.

    Lunch Menus

  • 2017-2018 Fees

    A deposit of $100 is required at registration for Preschool and Full Day Preschool. It is non-refundable after Feb. 1, 2017. A deposit of $50 is required at registration for Lunch Bunch. It is non-refundable after June 1, 2017.

    Fees are paid in nine equal payments, due on the 20th of each month, with the first payment due on August 20, 2017. Full monthly tuition is due for all months, including months with days off and holiday breaks. The fees shown are R-Wilmette Resident and NR-Non-Resident. Please call 847/920-3910 for additional program information.


    3-Year Old Morning Preschool Age 3 by 9/1/17

    Two Day

    R: $1567 / NR: $1963
    929101-01 | Tu,Th 9-11:30 am | 9/5/17-5/31/18

    Three Day

    R: $2197 / NR: $2755
    929101-02 | MW,F 9-11:30 am | 9/6/17-6/1/18

    Five Day - 3 & 4 Year Olds

    R: $3673 / NR: $4600
    929101-03 | M-F 9-11:30 am | 9/6/17-6/1/18


    4-Year Old Morning Preschool Age 4 by 9/1/107

    Three Day

    R: $2197 / NR: $2755
    929102-01 | M,W,F 9-11:30 am | 9/6/17-6/1/18

    Five Day - 4-Year Olds Only

    R: $3673 / NR: $4600
    929102-02 | M-F 9-11:30 am | 9/6/17-6/1/18

    Five Day - 3 & 4 Year Olds

    R: $3673 / NR: $4600
    929101-03 | M-F 9-11:30 am | 9/6/17-6/1/18


    3 & 4 Year Old Full-Day Preschool Age 3 by 9/1/17

    Two Day

    R: $2872 / NR: $3592
    929105-01 | Tu,Th 11:30 am-6 pm | 9/5/17-5/31/18

    Three Day

    R-$4429/NR-$5545
    929105-02 | M,W,F 11:30 am-6 pm | 9/6/17-6/1/18

    Five Day

    R: $7138 / NR: $8929
    929105-03 | M-F 11:30 am-6 pm | 9/6/17-6/1/18


    Lunch Bunch Age 4 by 9/1/17

    R: $1679 / NR: $2102
    929111-01 | M,W,F 11:30 am-1 pm | 9/11/17-5/25/18

  • Preschool Newsletters

    Newsletters from our teachers help you stay in touch with what your child is doing in class. Listed below are the current newsletters from our Preschool classes. Click on a link to download a copy of the latest news from your teachers.

    September Newsletters:

    Benton & Chepulis AM M-F

    Powell & Maloney AM M-F

    Berger & Bretts AM MWF

    Heredia & Shein AM MWF

    Berger & Bretts AM TuTh

    Flynn & Krueger FDPS