ABC Preschool

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Oak Brook Park District
1450 Forest Gate Road
Phone 630-990-4233
Fax 630-990-8379
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Oak Brook Park District Preschool


ABC Preschool Mission Statement

- We believe that learning should be fun! Children learn best through play and when academics are embedded in hands on experiences.
- We believe through a structured, routine environment, with opportunities for choice, children will develop the skills to become independent problem solvers.
-We believe every child is unique and learns differently.  We build on their strengths and support all learning by using music, movement, and hands on experiences along with traditional teaching methods.
- We believe that by celebrating differences and intentionally teaching social emotional skills, we will prepare children to be community contributors and lifelong learners



We recognize that children need a balance of structured and unstructured activity during the early developmental years. We believe in offering choices to children whenever possible to encourage positive decision-making. In order to accomplish this, we utilize a researched-based curriculum promoting the development of social emotional skills, language skills, motor development and cognitive skills. Pre academic skills are taught using a variety of multi-sensory strategies and reinforced through play. All staff receive ongoing training in the areas of child development, behavior management, quality environments, creative programming, and health and safety.

The ABC Preschool strives to provide a coordinated and progressive program of services, which is responsive to the needs of individual children. A unique feature of the program is the inclusion of children with special needs with their peers.  Specialized services are provided though an integrated model, making it beneficial to the development of all students. Through our partnership with Butler School District 53 and The LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE), our staff consists of Certified Early Childhood Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers and Classroom Aides, and speech/language, occupational, and physical therapists. These individuals and the parents of students work together as a team. All staff are CPR and first aid certified. In our early childhood and child care programs, we strive to maintain a staff to child ratio of 1-to-6 for our three year old, 1-to-7 for our 4 year old preschool program.


Teacher Info

Kim Catris -Just for 2s, Bridge to Preschool
Melissa Donofrio | Christina Hui | Jen Francis - Acorns (3 year olds)
Jaime Free | Lauren Kool-Krych | Nelly Musso - Saplings (4 year olds)
Heather Vitell - Teacher
Katie Gierhahn - Teacher

Preschool Coordinator

Melissa Donofrio at or 630-645-9579
Registration questions contact Kathy Chartrand at or 630-645-9590


Oak Brook Park District Recreation Center
1450 Forest Gate Rd.