ABC Preschool

Enrollment is now open for the 2020/2021 School Year! 

Registration is open for fall!

The ABC Preschool program strives to provide a coordinated and progressive program of services, which is responsive to the needs of each individual child. We are proud to feature an inclusive program where children with special needs learn alongside their peers. Specialized services are provided through an integrated model, which is beneficial to the development of all students.

We are currently working on the 2020-2021 school year reopening plan for ABC Preschool. Our goal is to return to in-person instruction, and we will prioritize the health and safety of students, staff and their families first and foremost.

On June 23, ISBE and IDPH released Joint Guidance regarding the 2020-2021 School Year.

The guidance is focused on the following points: 

  • Allowing a safe transition back to in-person learning this fall to the greatest extent possible. 
  • Developing common and clear requirements, while preserving the flexibility of each school district, to implement a reopening plan that meets the needs of the community and the students they serve. 
  • Utilizing a hybrid of in-person and remote learning, if needed, to protect the health and safety of students, teachers and families. 
  • Addressing public health requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) and physical distancing requirements including:
    • Face coverings
    • Capacity limits in one space
    • Symptom screening
    • Schoolwide cleaning and disinfection

We are waiting for additional guidelines from School District 53, The LaGrange Area Department of Special Education, and the State of Illinois that will include more detail for Early Childhood Education.

Updates will be posted as they are available.  Please contact Kim Catris at kcatris [at] obparks.org or 630-645-9516 with any questions.

Through our partnership with Butler School District 53 and The LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE), we are able to provide certified Early Childhood Education teachers, special education teachers and classroom aides, and speech/language, occupational, and physical therapists on staff. These individuals and the parents of students work together as a team. All staff are CPR and first aid certified.

Ratios:
We strive to maintain a staff:child ratio of 1:6 for our early childhood and Acorns program and 1:7 for our Saplings program.

We Believe:

  • Learning should be fun! Children learn best through play and when academics are embedded in hands-on experiences.
  • Through a structured, routine environment, with opportunities for choice, children will develop the skills to become independent problem solvers.
  • 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.
  • By celebrating differences and intentionally teaching social emotional skills, we will prepare children to be community contributors and lifelong learners. 

Our Early Childhood Programs Features:

  • Full Day Preschool Programs for 4 year olds (9am-3pm)
  • Half Day Preschool Programs for 3 and 4 year olds (9am-11:30am)
  • Flexible 2-Day, 3-Day, and 5-Day Registration Options
  • School District 53 resources, including specialists who support and enhance learning and development
  • Classrooms equipped with developmentally engaging toys and supplies 
  • Bright, colorful, air conditioned rooms
  • Spacious indoor play areas
  • Beautiful outdoor play facility
  • Convenient parking
  • Smartboards
  • Secure Entry Door

Preschool Supervisor: Kim Catris | kcatris [at] obparks.org | 630-645-9516
Please contact Karen to schedule a tour of our program.

Please direct any registration questions contact Kathy Chartrand at kchartrand [at] obparks.org or 630-645-9590.

Take a Virtual Tour of our Classrooms