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!
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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
Preschools and Daycares in the Western Suburbs
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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 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.
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.
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