Searchable Preschool and Daycare Guide for Families in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Looking for a preschool or daycare near you for your little one? You came to the right place! We are excited to announce that this year our guide is searchable, which means that you can narrow down your preschool and/or care options according to search criteria that parents care about! You can even search for schools within a specified distance from your house or work. Please note that your address is not saved; security and confidentiality are very important to us.

Once you narrow down your choices from our Preschool and Daycare Guide, we recommend scheduling a visit or finding out if they offer an open house so you can see the space and meet the staff. It’s much easier to make an informed decision when you experience it yourself first. Facebook recommendations can be helpful, but everyone is looking for something different which is why all of these options exist! So look through the featured schools and care options below that we work with and have vetted, then check out the new search function. We hope it makes 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 one of the locations without a featured listing and would like more information, email for more information.

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Bright Horizons

Locations in Western Springs, Oak Brook, Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, Rosemont, Wheaton, and beyond
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Bright Horizons is a great place to learn, discover, and grow! Their individualized, flexible curriculum and experienced teachers inspire children at every age and stage. Bright Horizons is proud to offer a comprehensive school readiness program and a suite of enrichments included in your tuition.

The Bright Horizons Experience Includes:

  • Programs for infants through kindergarten prep
  • Private kindergarten (select locations)
  • Summer camps for preschool and school age children
  • Exceptional enrichment programs and spaces
  • Flexible scheduling options, vacation, and back-up care

Schedule a visit to learn more about how their programs help children become socially prepared, excited to learn, and well-versed in the language, math, and science skills they’ll need to succeed. To find the center nearest you, visit them online at or call (877) 624-4532.

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool

6258 Kingery Hwy S
Willowbrook, IL 60527
(630) 655-9800

370 N. Barrington Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194
(630) 917-5572

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Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & 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 devoted educators, 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 first hand.

First Congregational Church Preschool

1106 Chestnut Street
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-4908
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Where kids can be kids and learning is FUN! Online registration begins January 29
for the 2019-2020 School Year. Programs are available for children ages 2-5.

Since 1949 the preschool has fostered a love of learning in young children. They focus on the whole child: intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Contact their office for more information or to arrange a visit to our classrooms.

  • Play-based curriculum
  • Low student/teacher ratio
  • Certified Staff with years of experience
  • Curriculum aligned with Illinois Early Learning Standards
  • Professional Music Program
  • Handwriting without Tears Program
  • Monthly Fire Safety Lessons
  • Field Trip and Home Visits
  • Mom’s Potlucks and Cocktail Parties
  • Parish Nurse on Site
  • Parent involvement and daily parent/teacher contact

Oak Brook Park District ABC Preschool

1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 990-4233
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ABC Preschool features creative curriculum: a play-based curriculum that Oak Brook Park District partnered with the award-winning Butler School District 53 to create. You will also want to check out their outdoor playgrounds, indoor gyms and play equipment, and inclusive programs. Half-day and full-day options are available and there aren’t residency requirements- parents that work in Oak Brook may even be eligible for resident tuition rates.

Kiddie Academy

540 W Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook: (630) 679-9400
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1502 75th St, Darien: (630) 541-8250
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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

Clarendon Hills Park District Active Learners Preschool

315 Chicago Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 323-2626
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Active Learners believes in the philosophy that children learn through play and prepare your child for later school success using scaffolding techniques. Their TERRIFIC THREES and FABULOUS FOURS/PRE-K will help your child to develop a love of learning, a positive self-esteem, promote independence and help them develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. Their curriculum meets Illinois Core Standards, is child driven and teacher supported. The staff is well-trained and highly educated in ECE and keep current with NAEYC standards. They highly encourage observing class in session. Call to schedule a time. Child must be toilet trained. Registration for the 2020-21 school year begins December 1, 2019 with $100 non-refundable deposit.

ABBA Christian Childcare Center

1480 Bloomingdale Road
Glendale Heights, IL 60139
(630) 653-7990

ABBA Christian Childcare Center has been serving Glendale Heights and the surrounding area since 1992. The mission of ABBA is to provide a safe, affordable, developmentally appropriate environment for children from 6 weeks to 6 years. Their focus is to provide a stimulating early care and education experience in a Christ-centered atmosphere while promoting each child’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual development. The ABBA staff is committed to providing support and encouragement to the families we serve and to make each child and family member know that they are loved by God.

Trinity Lutheran School

11503 German Church Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(708) 839-1444
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Trinity Lutheran School’s Preschool is a positive, fun and loving environment where children flourish. Trinity offers both part-time and full-time options in both 3-year old and 4 year old classes. Their preschool program is play based focusing on positive social development. Students will also gain a basic understanding of the alphabet, math and science skills. Most importantly, students will learn the love of Jesus and how to share that love with others. 

Learning Ladders Preschool

Park District of La Grange
536 East Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-1762
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The primary goal at Learning Ladders is that children learn through socialization and play based activities. Their secondary goal is that children are exposed to reading readiness skills, ABCs, 123s, shapes and colors. Develop a sense of security in group situations. Develop respect for others. Establish routines, patterns and sharing behavior. Learn problem-solving skills. Learn correct use, respect and responsibility for materials and equipment. Explore the surrounding environment. Provide a fun, happy and safe environment for all participants. They have a variety of play areas and materials to help us accomplish these objectives. A child’s first social experience should be positive and enjoyable. Learning Ladders Preschool is a happy and safe place for these first experiences to begin!

St. John’s Lutheran School

505 S. Park Road
La Grange, IL 60525
Stephanie Johnson: (708) 354-1690 ext 211  
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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.

Searchable Preschool Directory

With the help of local preschools and care facilities, we created a searchable directory with almost 300 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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We recommend that you start with a radius search from your home or work and then refine your options after that, such as type and features of school. The explanations for each search criteria can be found on the search results page.

Search in radius 2 miles

If your preschool or daycare is not included or you feel it is categorized incorrectly, please contact me at 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.

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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