Your child will love our program, which emphasizes the ‘FUN’damentals of learning. Emphasis is placed on the whole development of early childhood learning with focus on cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. Our curriculum incorporates the kindergarten preparation skills desired by kindergarten teachers of our local school districts. The children will explore everyday subjects through a variety of activities such as math skills, science, reading readiness, shapes, colors, music, art, motor development and free play. Peer group interaction is stressed, as it is essential for children. The Totschool program operates in accordance with most of the School District 68 schedule, and begins in September and runs through May . For health and sanitary reasons, all participants MUST BE TOILET TRAINED AND OUT OF DIAPERS AND PULL UPS.
Totchool Teacher Bios
2017-2018 Registration Dates
Monday, April 3, 2017: Priority registration for those enrolled in the previous year of Totschool begins
Monday, April 17, 2017: Resident registration begins at 5 pm. The Community Center will stay open until 8 pm on April 17 for Totschool registration.
Monday, April 24, 2017: Nonresident registration begins at 5 pm. The Community Center will stay open until 8 pm on April 24 for Totschool registration.
Full refunds (less $5.00 administration fee) are available through July 28. Starting August 1 only a 50% refund will be given if the spot is filled. If the spot is not filled, the enrollment fee will be forfeited.
What residents need to bring to register their child for Totschool:
Completed Registration Form
-Code #16178 M/W/F Mornings
-Code #16179 M/W/F Afternoons
-Code #16176 T/Th Mornings
-Code #16177 T/Th Afternoons
-$125.00(R)/$188(N) for M/W/F program
-$99.00(R)/$149 for Tu/Th program
Proof of Residency if you have not enrolled in a park district program this year
-One current utility bill
-Official ID (driver's license, State Issued ID Card, or Passport
If you would like information about our Totschool, please call the Preschool Supervisor, Amelia Lozano at
The 2017-2018 registration packet and all other forms will be available beginning August 1.
About the Pre-K 3-Day Program
Children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2017. Classrooms have 21 children and three teachers per classroom (1:7 teacher/student ratio). The morning class meets 9:00-11:25 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the afternoon class meets 12:00-2:25 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
About the 3 & 4-Year-Old Program
Children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2017. Classrooms have 18 children and three teachers per classroom (1:6 teacher/student ratio). The morning class meets 9:00-11:25 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the afternoon class meets 12:00-2:25 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Jolly Phonics, the curriculum for the 3 & 4-year-old program, is a thorough foundation for reading and writing. It uses the synthetic phonics method of teaching the letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory. Children learn how to use the letter sounds to read and write. Independent studies find that after one year's teaching, children taught with Jolly Phonics have an average reading age about 12 months ahead of their actual age.