Register now for 2020-2021 school year
Parents of children attending preschool for the first time can let go of their tiny hands, knowing they are in good hands at the St. Charles Park District.
Early registration is underway for the 2020-21 school year for new students as well as returning students in the Pre-K, Threes and Twos Plus programs. Nonresident, early registration will begin March 2-3 for returning students, and March 4 for nonresidents who are new students. Additionally, registration is open for summer preschool classes.
Parents have two different park district locations to choose from for their little ones: Pottawatomie Community Center and Hickory Knolls Discovery Center. Both offer the same curriculum, but at Hickory Knolls, preschoolers have daily access to naturalists and animals.
All teachers hold bachelor’s degrees, and many have more than 10 years of teaching experience in the St. Charles Park District preschool program.
“Our preschool program is a solid blend of play and academics,” said Kara Guizzetti-Reif, early childhood, preschool and day camp supervisor. “We have experienced teachers, who truly love being able to meet children where they are developmentally, academically and socially, and guide them toward kindergarten readiness.”
Children enrolled in each of the park district preschools are grouped in classes based on age, separating Twos, Threes and Fours/Pre-K students. Separating by age allows teachers to hone in on the development for that particular year, Guizzetti-Reif said.
The Twos Plus class meets 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 two hours and 30 minutes 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 two hours and 30 minutes or four hours and 30 minutes, with options for a one-, two-, three-, or four-day program. 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.
To register, visit www.stcparks.org. For more information or to arrange a visit to the preschool, contact Kara Guizzetti-Reif at 630-513-4326 or email@example.com.