Searchable Directory to Find the Best Preschool or Daycare for Your Family

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Looking for a preschool or daycare near you for your little one? You came to the right place. With the help of local preschools and care facilities, we created a searchable directory with over 250 preschools and care options in the western suburbs so you can easily narrow down your search and get the information you need!

We aim to make your search for the right preschool or care option easier!

Some preschools and child care locations chose to upgrade their listing in order to provide you with more information. If you own or manage a preschool or preschool and would like to be featured, please email Jennifer at jennifer@mykidlist.com.

Searchable Preschool Directory: Search Criteria Definitions

The lines of preschool versus daycare can sometimes be blurred, so we wanted to define those terms for you to aid in your search:

  • Preschool: lesson plans or a curriculum, follows school break schedule with or without optional extended care
  • Daycare: child-watching service with care during school breaks

Also, for type of school, here are the explanations to help you narrow down what you are looking for if you would like to use these criteria:

  • Play-based: Emphasis on learning through play
  • Academic-based: Emphasis on learning through academic curriculum
  • Nature-based: Majority of play and lessons taught outside year-round
  • Montessori: Child-led learning
  • Scaffolding: Teacher interaction during structured play

Use the filter button below to search by location and/or features you are looking for.

Showing 1 - 10 of 267
Kiddie Academy of Darien
1502 75th Street , Darien, IL 60561, United States
Kiddie Academy is an Educational Child Care, from 6 weeks old to 12 years old, offers both Pre-school and Educational Learning with child care hours. Every day your child’s imagination grows and their curiosity gathers momentum- Kiddie Academy empowers and celebrates all of it.
Their Life Essentials Learning approach and curriculum encourages children to explore and progress in their own way, and at their own pace.  At their nationally accredited schools, your child will grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually.  Their highly trained teachers are there every step of the way to guide, nurture and cultivate your child’s development
Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool
locations across the western suburbs , IL

Early Education That Paves the Way to Kindergarten

Preschool and Kindergarten Prep programs at Bright Horizons® are designed to give you complete confidence in every aspect of your child’s experience; from health and safety; to ready-for-school curriculum; to the full support of experienced teachers. Just as important, our program is based on what research says best prepares children for kindergarten, and all the big steps ahead.  We empower children to think critically, explore new ideas, and build on the STEM, language, art, and social skills they’ll need for success in school.

Bright Horizons centers are located throughout the western suburbs, including Oak Brook, Western Springs, Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove, and Wheaton.  Contact the center nearest you to learn more and enroll your child!

Kiddie Academy of Bolingbrook
540 West Boughton Road , Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Kiddie Academy is an Educational Child Care, from 6 weeks old to 12 years old, offers both Pre-school and Educational Learning with child care hours. Every day your child’s imagination grows and their curiosity gathers momentum- Kiddie Academy empowers and celebrates all of it.
Their Life Essentials Learning approach and curriculum encourages children to explore and progress in their own way, and at their own pace.  At their nationally accredited schools, your child will grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually.  Their highly trained teachers are there every step of the way to guide, nurture and cultivate your child’s development
St. John’s Lutheran Preschool
505 S. Park Road , La Grange, IL 60525

St. John’s Lutheran School has a long tradition of offering a quality preschool through eighth grade education in a Christ-centered environment. They currently offer 3 and 4-year old preschool classrooms with full and part-time options. St. John’s also offers Extended Care before and after school. Their preschool program uses the SCEWD curriculum to meet each of the important areas of a child’s development: Social-Spiritual, Communication arts, Expressive arts, Wellness and Discovery. Three year-olds are introduced to skills and concepts within the curriculum. Four year-olds work towards mastery of age-appropriate skills and concepts. The faculty use project- based learning, differentiated instruction and hands-on learning experiences in their classrooms. The children participate in play-based activities, individual and group projects, art and music.

Intercultural Montessori Language School
301 S. Ridgeland Avenue , Oak Park, IL 60302

Intercultural Montessori Language School in Oak Park is now enrolling 2-year-olds for its Little Apples program, an immersive dual-language program offered in Mandarin or Spanish! This is a new, DCFS-licensed program that builds upon the school’s existing classes for children up to age 6.

Intercultural Montessori Language School is accredited by the American Montessori Society, which is an important credential for Montessori-style schools. Inside, the classrooms are bright and airy; outside, there’s a beautiful garden and playground. Click here for a video tour. Educators focus on learning and culture, offering a language-rich environment for children to grow and thrive. Learn more about their educational philosophy on their website.

Timothy Christian Schools
188 West Butterfield Road , Elmhurst, IL 60126

Preschool at Timothy Christian Schools is a place where curiosity and exploration are fostered and cultivated. Every part of the day is intentional and taught by certified teachers from a Christian perspective. Timothy’s multi-age program (ages 3–5) is play-based and includes whole child activities. We partnered with Concordia University to develop a standards aligned curriculum that is theme-based and integrates differentiated learning experiences. Timothy’s Afternoon Explorations, early drop-off, late-pickup, and aftercare until 6pm lets you create a schedule that meets your child’s needs, whether that’s just one afternoon a week or many. Come tour Timothy Christian Schools and learn how we care for the whole child. (Ask about our recent award from the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development!)

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool (Schaum...
370 N. Barrington Road , Schaumburg, IL 60194, United States

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool is an award-winning, all-inclusive preschool program that proudly serves families with children ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten. They offer a safe, secure, and nurturing educational environment through their Distinctive Services and Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. Little Sunshine’s Playhouse’s devoted educators, their tight security, and personal parent-teacher communication set them apart from other child care programs by preparing children for kindergarten and beyond. They do all of this while also providing parents peace of mind while at work. Call today to schedule your tour and come experience their program firsthand.

Arrow Academy: An Acton Academy
1120 E. Diehl Road , Naperville, IL 60563

Arrow Academy is a PreK-8 Montessori-inspired private school designed for the 21st century. Our research-based approach prepares children to thrive by utilizing mixed-age studios, personalized learning plans, instructional technology, mastery learning, and character and leadership education. The Spark program for 4-7 year-olds creates a strong academic foundation for children, encourages independence, and emphasizes social-emotional learning through hands-on projects, curiosity exploration, and play. Young learners benefit from a small, close-knit community and a low student-teacher ratio. Full and half-day programs are available.

Little Europe
760 Wildflower Circle , Naperville, IL 60540
W 75th St Knowledge Beginnings – KinderCare
812 West 75th Street , Naperville, IL 60540

Please refer to the Illinois DCFS website to check licensing of these care facilities. Kidlist is not responsible for keeping up to date on the licensing status of each facility.

If your preschool or daycare is not included or you feel it is categorized incorrectly, please contact me at annie@mykidlist.com and we can update the information in our database. Please note that we do not charge for basic listings in the guide. Our goal is to provide the most helpful and accurate information for local families.

Looking for more classes? Our Guide to Classes and Teams is perfect for you! Jump right down to the section for little kids or scroll through all of the categories to find a variety of options.

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