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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.

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 & 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

Children must have a current medical form on file with the Park District and must be fully toilet trained (no Pull-Ups® allowed) except in our Twos Plus classes. 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 2½ by Sept. 1
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
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
This program is 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
Our four-year-old program is a continuation of our three-year-old preschool program.  Children continue to work on developing their social skills while building their foundation of learning.  Children 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
This program is an extension of our four-year-old program. It is designed for children who are ready to attend preschool for an additional day. Our Pre-Kindergarten program is a continuation of our three-year-old preschool program.  Children continue to work on developing their social skills while building their foundation of learning.  Children continue to develop their early literacy, math, science and social study skills through hands-on learning experiences.

Important Dates

JANUARY 19 Priority Registration for current participants and alumni families All children currently enrolled in the 2020-21 preschool program or alumni families will receive priority registration for the 2021-2022 school year.

JANUARY 26 Resident Registration Begins

FEBRUARY 2 Nonresident Registration Begins

Making Connections E-Learning Preschool

Relationship-building while learning core concepts is essential during the early childhood years, and these elements can be learned and reinforced remotely in a fun and upbeat way! Your child’s preschool teacher will start each school day with an engaging 20-30-minute Zoom-based get-together with the class. Lessons will focus on early literacy, math and science. Following the live, online portion, students will continue their lessons at home through provided detailed plans. Parents will receive the plans and Zoom meeting info via email each week. Adult participation and support is required. Virtual classes require downloading the Zoom app onto a phone, tablet, or computer; a link to the virtual classroom will be included in a weekly email. To participate, click the link and join the fun! By using Zoom, students will be able to interact with the teacher remotely in real time. Making Connections: E-Learning Preschool will follow the park district preschool programs school calendar for meeting dates.

Arrival: put away belongings, wash hands and writing activity

Morning meeting: hello song, go over schedule of the day, introduce the garden center in dramatic play and introduce categorizing and inspecting seeds center

Read Aloud:  “The Ugly Vegetable” first read (this is the only time the story is read in its entirely). It is the basis for all of the activities that happen throughout the day.

Centers: snack, reading center, garden inspirations in art, soil in sensory table, building a garden in blocks, garden center in dramatic play and categorizing and inspecting seeds
•    Snack occurs during center time. We teach children to follow their body signals and eat when they are hungry.
•    The reading center is full of books that relate to plants, spring and gardens.
•    Garden inspirations returns. Children use a variety of paintbrushes, colored pencils, crayons, markers and clay to create a garden.
•    Top soil is in the sensory table with a variety of gardening tools and plastic pots for children to fill and plant with.
•    Using a variety of images of different gardens, children create a garden of their own out of wooden blocks.
•    The dramatic play area is turned into a garden center complete with plants, pots and gardening tools. Children create the signage for their store.
•    Categorizing and Inspecting Seeds: Children separate a variety of seeds based on their observations using their eyes and again with a magnifying glass.  They then write about the different characteristics of the seeds.

Small Group: Seed Experiment
Children are given a lima bean, paper towel and baggy. They plant a lima bean seed and place it in the window. Children will record its growth in an observation journal.

Thinking and Feedback: The class gathers on the carpet to discuss and reflect on the activities just explored in centers.

Gross Motor/Nature Hike: Count and Move
Children practice counting while moving a set number of times.
SWPL (songs, word play and letters): little letter/big letter pocket chart activity
Teachers pass out alphabet cards to students. A large alphabet card is then shown. Whomever has its match stands up and  says its name and sound.

Dismissal: gather belongings and good bye song

•    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.
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•    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 fifteenth 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.
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 2020-2021 preschool program by August 3, 2020 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 August 3.

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, 2020 through March 1, 2020. Refunds will not be issued for program withdrawal requests received after March 1. Please contact the Program Manager at (630) 848-3571 if you need to cancel your child’s preschool enrollment.

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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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Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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