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Preschool Program

Taking Small Steps Toward Big Futures!

The Roselle Park District Preschool Program for two, three, and four-year-old children are designed to give your child the tools and experiences they need to assure a positive transition to Kindergarten and beyond. The Preschool Program provides a positive and productive preschool experience where children develop a positive sense of self, become active learners, creative explorers, and become enthusiastic about the learning process. The District’s learning through play philosophy gives children the opportunity to engage in hands on learning centers with developmentally appropriate materials. The program consists of stories, games, creative art, literacy, music, interactive technology, visitors, field trips, math, science, and more. The children will have the opportunity to play and interact with children their own age, to use self-expression and individual creativity, and develop their gross and fine motor skills.

For more detailed information please download the Preschool Parent Manual below.

2024-2025 Preschool Year

Preschool 2024-25 Open Enrollment Packet

Soon 2B3 Preschool Age 2.25 by September 1

Curriculum emphasizes a nurturing atmosphere and an introduction to the educational process which is inviting and encouraging. Teachers assist children in experiencing a positive separation from home; provide opportunities to work with various media forms, and help develop listening and language skills. Appropriate activities include opportunities to improve gross and fine motor development, listening to simple stories, basic art projects, and working with toys, puzzles, and blocks.

This program meets twice a week (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) for two hours each day.

3 Year Old Preschool: Little Learners Age 3 by September 1

Curriculum exposes the children to structure, routine, and following directions within a schedule. Beginning concepts in reading, writing, and math; encouraging growth in social development, and promoting an awareness of health and safety are also a class focus. Appropriate activities include providing a healthy outlet for imaginary and dramatic play, working with manipulatives, listening to stories, having special visitors, going on field trips, and opportunities for students to express themselves.

This program meets twice a week (Tuesday/Thursday) for two and a half hours each day.

4 Year Old Preschool: Kindergarten Readiness Age 4 by September 1

Curriculum provides further development of the educational concepts in literature, math, and science, as well as social, emotional, and physical growth. Activities provide a print rich environment that stimulates the development of language and literacy skills in meaningful context. There is a greater variety of experiences to promote interest in the community and the world outside the student’s own. There are more concentrated fine motor skills such as writing letters and numbers, cutting, gluing, painting, and using manipulatives. There are many opportunities for making choices, developing problem solving skills, becoming independent thinkers, and developing confidence. Children also have visitors and go on field trips to enrich their studies of various themes.

This program, depending on selection, meets three times a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) or five days a week for two and a half hours each day.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I register?

To secure your spot in our preschool program, you can register in person at the Clauss Recreation Center by bringing in a complete registration packet and $100 registration fee payment. Tuition for the current year needs to be paid in full or set up on a monthly payment plan by June 30th or at the time of registration if registering after the deadline. If interested in enrolling in our Preschool Program after the school year has begun, please contact the Recreation Supervisor for available openings and tuition fees. Already looking forward to next year? Current preschool families are eligible for priority enrollment for the next year beginning in January. Open enrollment for all families begins in February. Keep an eye out for our Winter/Spring seasonal brochure for additional information and updates!

What if my child is going to miss and day and be absent?

If your child will be absent from class, due to illness, vacation, appointment, etc. please contact your child’s teacher via phone call or email prior to the start of class. Refunds will not be given for missed classes due to absence.

How are snow days handled?

Our preschool program will follow School District 12 closure policy. Parents will receive closures updates in several different ways, Emails, Phone Calls, social media, and the Roselle Park District Website. If anyone believes the conditions in their area make it unsafe to travel, the district supports their decision to stay home.

What is ePACT?

Once registration is complete you will a notification from ePACT to create and/or update your child’s electronic emergency profile. Your child’s ePACT is inclusive of parent/guardian and pick-up contact info, emergency contact information, medical needs, program policies, etc. Each participants ePACT MUST be complete prior to their first day of Preschool.

To view the forms click HERE

Where do I drop off/pick up my child ?

Parents are asked to bring their children to the preschool wing entrance, their teacher’s will meet you at the hallway entrance, and each child will be signed in and out by a parent or authorized guardian. We ask that you do not arrive earlier than 5 minutes prior to your child’s drop off/pick up time. Authorized adults must sign out a child before they can be released from the classroom. The child will ONLY be released to persons listed as authorized pick-up. Please make sure anyone who is authorized to pick up your child (i.e., yourself, nannies, daycare, carpool moms, etc.) are listed. If you would like to make a change, please make sure to update your child’s authorized pick-ups. As a safety guideline, a photo ID may be requested before releasing a child. Please be on time to pick up your child.

What does my child need to bring with them?

What to Bring for the First Day

  • What to Bring for the First Day
  • Large Crayons- 8 Pack
  • Scissors- Fiskars for Kids 5’’ Blunt
  • Glue Sticks- 6 (Elmer’s Washable)
  • Crayola Classic Color Washable Markers- Broad Line
  • Clorox Disinfecting wipes- 1 container (If you are a female)
  • Kleenex- 1 box (If you are a male)

Students need to have their name on each item. These items will be stored in personal bins kept in the classroom for the year.

What to Bring Daily

  • Backpack: regular size, - not too big, not too small
  • Peanut/tree nut free snack: refer to the suggested snack list
  • Water bottle: water only – no juice, milk, or other beverages
  • Take Home Folder: review and empty daily, and send back emptied

What other programs are offered to extend my child's preschool day?

The District offers a variety of different programs to extend your child's day including Preschool Before Care, Lunch & Learn Enrichments, and Extended Care Programs all spanning from 7:30am until 3:00pm. Additional Early Childhood programs are offered as well in the evening. More information on all these programs can be found in the Early Childhood section of our seasonal brochure or in the Preschool Parent Manual above.