Preschool registration is just around the corner, so grab your calendar and save the date for the St. Charles Park District Preschool Open House events this February.
There are two opportunities to explore the many benefits of enrolling your child in a positive, caring environment in your community: 10-11:30am Saturday, February 2, and 6-7:30pm Thursday, February 7. Both will be held at the two Park District preschool locations, Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave., and Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Drive.
The two time slots give parents the chance to visit both locations, meet the teachers and ask questions about the curriculum, school day and more. The open house events encourage parents only to attend. Children will have the opportunity to meet teachers closer to the beginning of the school year.
Registration will begin in early February for residents and in March for nonresidents.
While there are two preschool locations, students are taught the same curriculum.
The main difference between Pottawatomie and Hickory Knolls is children at the discovery center have daily access to naturalists and animals.
“Which location parents choose is a matter of personal preference,” said Kara Guizzetti-Reif, Early Childhood, Preschool and Day Camp Supervisor. “At both locations, children receive the same learning and development opportunities taught by experienced and caring teachers.”
All teachers hold bachelor’s degrees and have a range from 2 to 20 years of teaching in the St. Charles Park District preschool program.
“We have educated, experienced staff who excel at meeting kids where they’re at, while giving them a chance to grow,” Guizzetti-Reif said. “We want every child to succeed and we give them the opportunity to do so, by providing an understanding and positive learning environment to foster and nurture the development of each child.”
Students enrolled in the park district preschools are grouped in classes based on age, separating twos, threes and pre-K. “We really hone in on development for that particular year,” Guizzetti-Reif explained.
During the Twos Plus class, students must be 2.5 years old. They meet for one hour and 30 minutes, twice a week. Students learn social and emotional skills such as how to navigate relationships with peers and teachers. They also will have fun with art, gross motor and fine motor activities and venture into the gym for play.
In the Threes class, the day is longer, meeting for 2.5 hours for two or three days a week. Social and emotional development is a main focus, but academics also are a priority, as children will learn letters, counting, names, colors and shapes. Art is practiced in each class, and students also start journaling during this year. Additionally, they will continue to navigate relationships with peers, moving from parallel play to direct play with other children, and consequently, learning about friendships.
The Pre-K class meets for 2.5 hours with options for a one-, two-, three- or four-day program. This year, the focus is on preparing children for kindergarten academically, reviewing and building upon literacy and math skills, and continuing to nurture their social and emotional development.
For registration information, visit www.stcparks.org or contact Kara Guizzetti-Reif at 630-513-4326.