Fun and formative learning through creation, exploration and play
Fox Valley Park District believes in helping children develop socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually through play- and nature-based learning. We offer engaging and inspiring preschool labs, classes and outdoor experiences for an average of 10–20% less than the cost of a private school.
Many studies have emphasized the pivotal benefits of early education and childhood development available through preschool programs such as ours:
- positive impact on brain structure and formation
- instilling a lasting desire to learn
- regular physical activity
- a head start on healthy emotions and self-worth
- early socialization and trust-building with children and adults
- understanding structure and discipline balanced with fun
- improved foundational math and reading skills
Learn more about our preschool programs!
If you’d like to discuss our preschool programs, please contact:
Curriculum and Standards
Fox Valley Park District’s preschool programs apply the integrated teaching of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Through STEAM, children develop skills and procedures for inquiry, prediction, collaboration, communication, and creative and critical thinking.
Our curriculum further is aligned with the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. We incorporate elements of the Growing Up WILD early education program as well to encourage children’s interest in and exploration of nature and wildlife.
We also apply principles and activities of Michael Heggerty’s Ed.D. Phonemic Awareness Curriculum to enhance language awareness through skills such as letter naming, rhyming, and adding and deleting phonemes (indivisible units of sound).
Creative Play Preschool
Implementing our STEAM curriculum, this play-based program helps ensure kindergarten readiness while also capitalizing on community-center resources such as a full-size gym, a playground, a gymnastics area, and outdoor fields and courts. Indoor and outdoor time promotes expression, creative problem-solving, group work and motor-skill development.
Creative Play Preschool is available at Eola and Prisco Community Centers and Vaughan Athletic Center.
Nature Play Preschool
Based on a kindergarten-readiness and STEAM curriculum, Nature Play Preschool at Blackberry Farm and Red Oak Nature Center focuses on nature, the environment, recycling and conservation. Daily outdoor time (weather permitting) is a core program feature.
Creative Play Virtual Preschool
New this year, we are offering virtual preschool for those of you that do not feel comfortable sending your child to a public space. This class will run for approximately 1 hour each meeting day providing children with typical circle time/learning activities, music and movement fun, art creations and many other hands on experiences where they can interact with their teacher and their peers via Zoom. By using this platform, children will still learn the basic self-regulation skills that they would learn in a traditional classroom such as being able to focus on a task and then be able to refocus on a new task, following directions, calming down after excitement or frustration and learning behaviors that will help them get along with others. Relationship building amongst the class will be a high priority. Weekly lessons will be planned around the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, as well as our phonemic awareness curriculum from Dr. M. Heggerty and the Growing Up Wild curriculum that are utilized in our on-site classrooms.
Registration for Fox Valley Park District preschool must be done in person at Eola Community Center.
When registering, please bring:
- The registration form and EFT form
- Copy of child’s birth certificate for proof of age (required)
- Proof of residency (e.g. gas, phone, electric bill)
- $75 registration fee (non-refundable)
Once your child is registered, you’ll receive an email with a link to ePACT, our new online record keeping system. At that time you’ll be filling out all emergency and health information for your child, as well as uploading your child’s most recent physical and immunization records.
- Children must be potty-trained for the 3s, 4s and Pre-Kindergarten programs. Pull-Ups or diapers are not allowed.
- Program child-age requirements (no exceptions):
- 2-Year-Old: must be 30 months by Sept 1, 2020
- 3-Year-Old: must be 3 years by Sept 1, 2020
- 4-Year-Old and Pre-Kindergarten: must be 4 years by Sept 1, 2020