Preschool education (2 years of age to Pre-Kindergarten) prepares your child both academically and socially for children's growth and development. By offering a wide variety of opportunities for children between 2 and 5 years old, children learn through a program that will nurture their growing minds and bodies through age-appropriate developmental activities. Teachers work one-on-one and in small groups with your child, as well as in large groups to develop their social and self-help skills. Areas of education include science and math (STEAM), blocks, art, writing, small and large motor activities.  Learning opportunities are provided as children can explore on their own or with a group of friends. Children are prepared to transition to the D300 curriculum and learning environment in Kindergarten.

Little People Playtime offers qualified staff and age appropriate curriculum with a variety of scheduling options for parents. Each age level's staff, classroom equipment, and class ratio is DCFS approved.

Continuing with the growth and development of the children at Little People Playtime, Day Care both before and after preschool classes is an option for families. Spaces fill quickly. Interested families are asked to make a commitment at the time of registration to secure a place in the Day Care program.

Saturday, March 2nd, 9:00am to noon
Saturday, March 9th, noon to 3:00pm

August 6th, 9:00am or August 7th, 1:00pm

Pre-Kindergarten August 26th: Parental choice: 9-10am or 1-2pm
Teal & Purple August 27th: 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Little Learner August 28th: Parental choice: 9-10am or 1-2pm

Little Learner 2019-2020

Twos and Early Threes

These are transition programs as children begin separating from parents to join a new group of friends their own age.  Independence is developed throughout the year as self-help skills are practiced such as getting coats, hats, etc. on and off and zipped; finding the correct cubby with their name on it; listening to a story; following one-step directions; participating in music activities; enjoying the outdoors on sunny days.  Crayons, markers, paint are introduced as well as many other age-appropriate activities.  Parents are encouraged to begin Potty training at home with reaching the goal of achievement by January, 2020 for the TEAL CLASS.  Staff asks children not potty trained to wear pull-ups so that assistance may be given during the class if necessary. A weekly newsletter is prepared and sent electronically to keep parents informed of the week's activities. Staff prepares a book of photos and representative work as a memory of the year. A small snack is served each class. Day Care may be available if requested at the time of registration.

TEAL CLASS Children two years and turning three after September 1, 2019 through October, November and December have a customized two hour program two days a week. Tuesday & Thursday morning 9:30 am to 11:30 am
First class: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

PURPLE CLASS For the youngest members of the Little People Playtime Preschool, we offer a class for children who are two years on or before September 1, 2019.  Parents customize their child's attendance by requesting a combination of two days each week for attendance.  At registration, second choice of days is recommended as this program is popular and registration is limited.  Class times are 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Two days a week 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Classes begin September 3. 2019

Three and Early Fours 2019-2020

Children must be three years on or before September 1, 2019 and potty trained.  Some assistance is offered in the bathroom if necessary.  These programs offer plenty of socialization time both indoors and outside in the beautiful Seyller Park in order to support new friendships and encourage playing together.  Academic curriculum teaches and/or reinforces the following: alphabet letter recognition, colors, shapes, and their name in print.  A variety of music activities help to develop balance, and coordination. Paints, playdough, glue, and a variety of media help in aiding self-expression. A weekly electronic newsletter keeps parents informed of themes, and activities.  A Book of Memories, photos, and representative monthly work is compiled for each child during the year.  A small snack is provided daily. Day Care may be available before and after class if requested at the time of registration.

Little Learner programs offer a variety of class choices for this age group to offer parents the best age-appropriate program for their child. Two day Programs both morning and afternoon are suggested for the younger children. Three day Programs are suggested for children closer to four years or who have participated in prior organized programs.

2 day options:

SUNFLOWER CLASS Tuesday & Thursday 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
CORAL CLASS Tuesday & Thursday 12:15 pm to 2:45 pm
YELLOW CLASS Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Classes begin September 3, 2019

3 day options:
PINK CLASS Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am to 11:30 am
RED CLASS Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Classes begin September 4, 2019

Pre-Kindergarten 2019-2020

Children must be four years on or before September 1, 2019. This important year before formal education in Kindergarten, meets four days a week (Monday through Thursday) 2 ½ hours each day. Each day is spent in small and large group learning where alphabet, art, music, social studies, science and math (STEAM) are taught and reinforced by a variety of activities both indoors and outdoors in the beautiful Seyller Park. As the year progresses, listening skills, following multi-step directions, and making good choices develop along with acceptable social skills. Monthly electronic calendars and newsletters keep parents informed of classroom activities. A Memory Book of the year in photos and representative work is compiled for each child. All participants are expected to be potty trained and need no assistance in the bathroom. A small snack is provided during each class. Children assist in rotating daily classroom jobs as part of their activities. Day Care may be available before and after class if requested at the time of registration.

Days: Monday through Thursday
BLUE CLASS 8:00 am to 10:30 am
ORANGE CLASS 8:30 am to 11:00 am
GOLD CLASS 12:15 pm to 2:45 pm
First Class: September 3, 2019


Teal & Purple




Non-refundable registration fee $11500

Sunflower, Coral & Yellow




Non-refundable registration fee $11500

Pink & Red




Non-refundable registration fee $11500





Non-refundable registration fee $11500

Registration Items​​​​​​​


  • Registration is in person only at the 441 East Jefferson location but many forms can be found below
  • Non-refundable registration fee
  • Copy of child’s birth certificate OR Passport
  • Current medical record (no more than 6 months prior to start of classes) using the State of Illinois Certificate of Health Examination form.  Immunizations must include TB test and lead assessments
  • Completed Park District registration forms and signed waiver
  • Completed Park District emergency form
  • DCFS completed forms

Registration Forms for download

Preschool Registration Form

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2019-2020 Preschool & Day Care Calendar

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Little People Playtime Payment Schedule 2019-2020

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Emergency Form

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Medical Care Form

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Certificate of Health Examination

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Late Pickup Agreement

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Discipline and Guidance Form

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Mid November-December 2019 Menu

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Mid October- Mid November 2019 Menu

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