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ALLIANCE MEMBER SCHOOLS

(Includes Standard, Affiliate, and Associate Member Schools)

WINNETKA

FRENCH SCHOOL

Programs: The French School is a French immersion preschool and kindergarten for children ages 2-6, designed to develop French fluency during the optimal age to learn a second language. Research shows bilingual education enhances intellectual growth and mental development. Morning and afternoon half-day programs offer a rich curriculum that establishes a solid foundation promoting good learning habits. Native-speaking instructors teach our fun and stimulating program in a warm, nurturing environment. Registration procedure: Application and parent/child interview on a first come, first served basis. Registration fee: $100, non-refundable. For more information: contact Maria Kurt, French School, 562 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 847-501-5800. E-mail: Maria@FrenchInstituteNS.com. Website: www.FrenchSchoolWinnetka.com

HARKNESS HOUSE FOR CHILDREN
Programs: Child care for children 6 weeks to 6 years old. Full day program (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and part day options available. Registration procedure: Parents are required to visit the center as part of the registration process. There is a rolling admission throughout the year. When all spaces are filled, names are placed on a waiting list and spaces are filled in the order parents signed up. All programs are continuous. One month's notice is required before leaving the center. Registration fee: $250, deducted from first month's payment. For more information: Contact Patti Ruffin, Director, Harkness House for Children, 630 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, 847-501-2549. Email: directorhhc@yahoo.com.

NORTH SHORE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
Programs: Half-day junior (4-year-od) kindergarten (8:10 a.m. to noon), full-day junior kindergarten (8:10 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.), and full-day senior kindergarten (8:10 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.) Our programs are theme-based with various "unit studies" including metamorphosis, bears, the solar system, the rain forest, and more. Music, art, Spanish, P.E., and laboratory science (SK) are part of the integrated curriculum. Both programs are designed to encourage academic, social, emotional, and physical development. Registration procedure: Parents are invited to make an appointment to visit the school or attend an Open House. Junior Kindergarten applicants should be four by September 1 and Senior Kindergarten applicants should be five by September 1 and will receive a developmental screening and attend an evaluative play session. Registration fee: For JK, SK, and 1st grade-$75 non-refundable fee. JK and SK are encouraged by December 5. Application fee for grades 2-12 is $75. For more information: Contact Admissions Office, North Shore Country Day School, 310 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 847-441-3313.

SACRED HEART SCHOOL

Programs: The 3 Year Olds program is offered Monday - Wednesday with an option of Thursday from 8:20-11:30 am.Junior Kindergarten for 4 year olds is offered 5 days per week from 8:30 - 1:30 pm. After school bridge program is offered from 1:30 - 3:10 pm daily.All-day kindergarten is 8:20-3:10 pm. After school program from kindergarten-5th grade, 3:10-6:00 pm daily. Registration procedure: Opens December 1. Parishioners have first priority. Others are welcome when space is available. Registration fee: $600, non-refundable. For more information: Contact Kristin Fink, Principal, Sacred Heart School, 1095 Gage Street, Winnetka, 847-446-0005, or visit our website at www.shwschool.org.

SAINTS FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY SCHOOL
Programs: Moms & Tots Programs Tuesdays 10:15-11:30 am. Three-year old preschool morning and afternoon sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:15-11:30am  or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00-3:10 pm Full (8:15-3:10) and ½ day (8:15-11:30) Junior Kindergarten, and Full-day Senior Kindergarten, 8:15-3:10. 1st-8th grade classes 8:15-3:10pm. Registration procedure: Parents are invited to contact the school office to arrange for a tour, and meet with the school principal, Mrs. Katie Carden for an interview. Registration opens November 15. Registration fee: $200 per family, non-refundable. For more information: Contact school office at 847-446-0031, 180 Ridge Avenue, Winnetka or visit www.faithhopeschool.org.

WILLOW WOOD PRESCHOOL
Programs: Weekly Parent/Toddler and Parent/Toddler Transition classes; two and three-day program for Older 2's; three and four-day program for 3's; five-day programs for 4-year-olds. Morning and afternoon programs are available. Lunch Bunch and other enrichment opportunities are available for 3 and 4-year-olds. Registration Procedure: Returning families receive priority registration in late-October for the next school year. New families from the wait list are then sent applications for the remaining spots. Please call the school to be placed on the waiting list. Registration fee: $100 per child; non-refundable. For more information: Contact Sue Cornelo, Director, Willow Wood Preschool, 684 Oak Street, Winnetka, IL 60093, 847/441-6393 or www.willowwood-preschool.org.

WINNETKA COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL

Programs: Two-day programs for older 2’s and younger 2’s; three-day program for children who will be 3 by August 31, 2016; five-day JK program for children who will be 4 by August 31, 2016. Enrichment options from 11:30 A.M.-1:15 pm. Registration Procedure: Registration for current and returning families opens January 11, 2016. Registration for new families opens January 19, 2016. Please submit completed applications along with the $100 non-refundable registration fee to 800 Pine St., Winnetka, IL 60093 either in person or by mail.  Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received based on our enrollment priorities outlined on the 2016-2017 application. For more information: Contact Kathy Hardy, Director, Winnetka Community Nursery School, 847-446-4432 or www.winnetkacommunitynurseryschool.org.

 

WINNETKA COVENANT PRESCHOOL

Programs: Winnetka Covenant Preschool is committed to cultivating a joyful community of learners through inspiring deep explorations and celebrating all things curious, since 1974.  Programs are as follows; Junior Kindergarten 4-day (M-TH) and 5-day (M-F) from 9:00-11:30.  Preschool 3-day (M, T and TH).  A 2-day preschool option will be considered upon request.  Free playgroup for all ages, Wednesdays 9:00-11:30.Registration procedure: Registration is open until classes reach capacity. Registration fee: $100 and one month's tuition, non-refundable. For more information: Contact Mary Sue Reese, Director, Winnetka Covenant Preschool, 1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette. 773.396.3148 , or visit our website, www.WinnetkaCovenantPreschool.com 

WINNETKA PUBLIC SCHOOL NURSERY
Programs: Founded in 1926 by Winnetka School District Superintendent Carleton Washburne and preschool innovator and NAEYC founding member Rose Alschuler, WPSN offers unique programming for 2-year-old children (including a drop-off class for older 2s), as well as full school year & summer programs for 3-5-year-olds. Our teaching is inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy , acclaimed by Newsweek Magazine in 1991 as "the best in the world." WPSN is a place where young children learn to think critically, express themselves creatively, and relate constructively to their world. WPSN offers morning and afternoon classes. NAEYC accredited. Registration procedure: Visit us at www.wpsn.org for information and to download an application form. We accept New Family applications beginning July 15th of the year prior to year of enrollment, and offer contracts to these New Families in order of completed application following the application period for Returning Families. Returning Families are encouraged to apply during a priority application period in October of the year prior to enrollment. Please call to arrange a visit to see our newly updated and beautiful learning environment. For more information: Take a virtual tour of our school at www.wpsn.org, and contact Erin Austria, Director, Winnetka Public School Nursery, 1155 Oak Street, Winnetka, email wpsn@wpsn.org, or call 847.446.5153.

WINNETKA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Programs: Five-day Senior Kindergarten program (for children age 5 by Sept. 1) at Crow Island, Greeley, and Hubbard Woods Schools. Hours are 8:40-11:25 a.m. or 12:30-3:15 p.m. Some years, Junior Kindergarten is offered at Greeley School.  This is a tuition program.  Contact the Winnetka Public Schools for more information. Registration procedure: Senior Kindergarten registration held at Crow Island, Hubbard Woods, and Greeley on in early December. Bring birth certificate. For more information: Contact: Crow Island School, 1112 Willow Road, 847-446-0353; Greeley School, 275 Fairview, 847-446-6060; Hubbard Woods School, 1110 Chatfield Road, 847-446-0920.

 

NORTHFIELD

CHRISTIAN HERITAGE ACADEMY
Description: A Christ-centered, play-based developmental program builds a child's character through the interweaving of faith and hands-on discovery.  Nurturing Christian teachers provide a biblical foundation for learning.  Program: Two, three and five day programs, with morning, extended, and full day options for three- and four-year-oldsRegistration procedure: Application and parent interview. Registration fee: Non-refundable $80 application fee. For more information, call Admissions at (847) 446-5252.  Visit us at 315 Waukegan Road, Northfield, 60093 or on the web at www.christianheritage.org.

MIDDLEFORK SCHOOL
Programs: Five-day senior kindergarten program. Gradual introduction to extended day: 8:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. for the first four weeks; 8:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. for the next four weeks; and, for the remainder of the school year, 8:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Registration procedure: Children may be registered at any time. School office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children must be 5 by September 1. Bring birth certificate. Registration fee: None. For more information: Call school office at Middlefork School, 405 Wagner Road, Northfield. 847-881-9500.

NORTHFIELD COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL
Programs: Movement and Music:Tuesday mornings for children ages 8 months–23 months with parent/caregiver. Classes arranged by age, and include a class offered for children with their siblings. Parent/Tot:Thursday or Friday morning for children 2 years with parent/caregiver. All By Myself separation class:Friday morning for children 2 years with parent/caregiver for first half of year, then ready to begin the separation process in January. Young 3’s class:Thursday and Friday 8:45-11:15am. Three Day 3’s:Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:45-11:15am. Four Day 3’s:Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:45-11:15am. Pre-K Afternoon Program:Monday through Friday12:15-2:45pm. Registration procedure: Registration begins in January. Priority is given to students currently enrolled and their siblings. Registration fee: One month tuition (varies by program), non-refundable. For more information: Contact Heather Burns, Director, 400 Wagner Road, Northfield, IL 60093. 847-446-1116 or www.nfcns.org.

SAFE HAVEN SCHOOL

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For more information. Contact Holly Schaefer at hschaefer@safehavenschool.org or 847-714-2594.

 

KENILWORTH

A JOYFUL NOISE PRESCHOOL

Programs: A Joyful Noise Preschool is a unique Christian-based preschool celebrating nearly 30 years at Kenilworth Union Church. The school offers a variety of programs, including: a one-day “Mom and Tots” class that begins the year with the parent and then transitions to “on my own” for children turning two before March 1. Other classes include a two-day program for two year olds and “older” twos; a three-day program for three year olds (with option for fourth day); a five day per week morning Junior Kindergarten Class; and a six week Summer Camp for two, three and four year olds. Enrichment course options for three year olds include an optional fourth day of Creations class, a unique Christian-based creative arts program, as well as an extended day with the Lunch & Learn: "Around the World" class. A variety of enrichment courses are offered to Junior Kindergarteners, including: Super Science, World of Literacy, Creations for JK, Lunch & Learn: "Puzzles & Play" for JK, and Lunch & Learn: "Around the World" for JK. An afternoon Creations class is available to a.m. Kindergarteners. The school offers a wonderful, welcoming community of families and children as well as celebrated teachers, many of whom have taught at AJN more than 10 years. The school is open to all regardless of church membership or affiliation, and families come from communities throughout the North Shore.Registration: Tours are available on a regular basis and a formal Open House is held each November. Registration deadline is by December 1 with waitlists for classes at-capacity as well as rolling admission for any class with availability.  For more information: To learn about availability, observe a class, or schedule a tour, please contact Amy Castino, our Registrar, at 847-853-2634 or Jill Witt, our Director, at 847-853-2100. You may also visit our website at www.ajoyfulnoisepreschool.com/

 

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL PRESCHOOL
Programs: Our classes begin in September, after Labor Day, and run through mid-May. Mommy and Me: One transition class that meets for 1½ hours, one day a week. Mid-year, moms leave children with two teachers in classroom for "on my own" class. Also, one-hour class that meets once a week with Mom staying with child throughout the class. 2-year-olds: One or two day option, mornings; two day afternoon class. 3-year olds: three- or four-day morning option; three-day afternoon class. Junior Kindergarten: 2½ hours per day/ five days per week. Registration procedure: October 15- November 15. From all applications received, priority given to 1) currently enrolled students, 2) parishioners, 3) currently enrolled families. After November, open registration begins. Registration fee: A one-time, non-refundable fee of $100 covers student through tenure at school. For more information: Contact Mary Johnson, Director, 222 Kenilworth Avenue , Kenilworth, 60043. 847-251-6120, ext. 16.

JOSEPH SEARS SCHOOL
Programs: Our afternoon Junior Kindergarten program offers children the opportunity to learn through positive involvement, play, interacting with others and problem-solving in a warm, nurturing environment. Our rich and varied curriculum focuses on social-emotional development, early literacy development, early mathematical skills, and fine motor and physical development. Theme-based units offer opportunities to explore all of the above through a variety of social studies and science themes. Within the classroom, students have rich literature and art experiences that are enhanced by specialized classes in music and phonemic awareness. A wide array of new materials and equipment are available for children to actively use, manipulate or build with and the daily schedule includes both structured group activity time as well as time for children to explore a variety of centers for dramatic play, blocks, art, writing, computer, reading, science, and math. Registration procedure: Registration for the upcoming school year begins in December for Kenilworth residents and in January for non-residents. Families complete all registration forms (available from the school) and submit them to the school office. Your child's birth certificate must also be shown at the time of registration. Children must be four years old by Sept. 1 of the school year for which they are registering. No exceptions will be made. Registration fee: $500 non-refundable deposit required at registration, applicable to the full tuition of $4,200 for the school year. For more information: Contact Joseph Sears School office, 847-256-5006. 542 Abbotsford Rd., Kenilworth, IL 60043.

 

WILMETTE

BAKER DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL
Program: Founded by progressive education pioneer, Clara Bell Baker, in 1918, Baker Demonstration School serves close to 400 toddlers through eighth grade students. In the 21st century, Baker continues its mission as a demonstration school whose outstanding faculty study how children learn and mentor the next generation of teachers. A curriculum that promotes academic excellence is taught through innovative research-based best practices and assessment tools. Differentiated instruction is enhanced by full-time teaching associates in all classrooms. Toddler (2 years old by September 1) and Pre-k programs (3 or 4 by September 1) run 2/3/5 days in the morning. Kindergarten runs from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Extended care is offered for children Pre-k and up 7:30-8:30 a.m. and until 6 p.m. daily. Baker's early childhood programs are accredited by NAEYC. Campus: With over 50,000 square feet of green space Baker boasts a sports field and two play areas including a dedicated Early Childhood yard. Our library of 14,000 volumes, newly furnished dual-platform technology/media lab, performance hall, dance studio, music studio, pool and gymnasium are used by students prek-8th grades. Baker's inclusive community celebrates individual, family and cultural differences. Baker graduates attend top public, private and parochial schools throughout the Chicagoland area. Admission process: Submit application, fee and birth certificate by January 31 for the following school year; play parties of all applicants; priority to enrolled students, siblings of enrolled students. Enrollment deposit: Accepted student places are held with a $1,500 along with signed enrollment agreement. There is a substantially reduced deposit for families who have applied for financial assistance. Tuition payment plans all begin in July. For more information: Contact Director of Admissions, Baker Demonstration School, 201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette , Il 60091. Website: bakerdemschool.org. Telephone: 847-425-5800. Email: dharrison@bakerdemschool.org

RONALD KNOX MONTESSORI
Programs: Half-day programs (both morning and afternoon) with Montessori approach for children ages 15 months to 6 years old. A six-week summer camp is also offered. All programs are accredited by the American Montessori Society. The school is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Registration procedure: Contact Anita McGing, 847-256-2922. Email:anita_mcging@ronaldknox.org. Application fee: $75. For more information: (and to receive information packet), contact Anita McGing at 2031 Elmwood Ave.,Wilmette 60091; 847-256-2922, or visit www.ronaldknox.org.

ROSE HALL MONTESSORI
Programs: Toddler classes meet either two or three days per week for two hours. Mixed age (3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds) Half Day Classes are three hours long, meeting five days per week mornings or afternoons. There is an optional Lunch Bunch for older children, meeting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for two hours. Kindergarten Enrichment Program meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Programs run from September to June, with a six-week summer program for incoming Toddlers and Half-Day students. Registration procedure: Applicatons are accepted on an ongoing basis. Toddler registration takes place in Decmeber. Half-Day registration takes place in late January. Interested parents are welcome to observe the school. Please call for an appointment. Registration fee: $100, non-refundable. For more information: Contact the Director at admin@rosehallmontessori.org.  Rose Hall School, 1140 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091. 847-256-2002. rosehallschool@sbcglobal.net.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER

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For more information: contact Colleen Barrett, principal, at colleenbarrett@sfx-school.org or 847-256-0644 or Chris Zeman, Director of Early Childhood and Kindergarten teacher at chriszeman@sfx-school.org.

TRINITY CHURCH NURSERY SCHOOL

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For more information: Contact Sue Gaertner, Director, at sue@trinitywilmette.org or 847-251-7333.

WILMETTE COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL
Programs: Parent/Tot programs on Monday, 9:00-10:15 a. m. and 10:15-11:30 a.m., with 15 children in each class. Juniors (age 3 by Sept. 1) meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Seniors (age 4 by Sept. 1) meet four (Tuesday-Friday) or five mornings, 9:00-11:30 a.m. or afternoons, 12:30-3:00 p. m. Enrichment programs also offered for 3's through Kindergarten. Registration procedure: Registration is done via a lottery in January. Observation days are offered in November and December to acquaint parents with our school and to make registration packets available. Our application may also be downloaded from our website. Registration fee: $100 that is non-refundable if your child is offered a spot in the school. For more information: Contact Ellen McCue, Director, Wilmette Community Nursery School, 847-256-5888 or www.wcns.org, 1125 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091.

 

GLENCOE

CHILDREN'S CIRCLE DAY CARE CENTER
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Children's Circle serves children 15 months through 6 years of age, offering a full day preschool program, as well as before and after kindergarten care. Children's Circle operates year-round, and children may attend two, three, four or five days a week. Our professional teachers help children learn to navigate their world by supporting healthy social and emotional development and an enthusiasm for learning. Children's Circle is a program of the Glencoe Park District. Non-residents are welcome to enroll. Registration procedure: Parents may call Naomi Garvett at (847) 835-3035 to plan a visit to the program. Registration is ongoing throughout the year, depending on availability. Registration fee: A $125 deposit is required at the time of registration. This fee is nonrefundable. For more information: Naomi Garvett, Early Childhood Program Manager, will be happy to answer any questions and arrange a tour of the facilities at the Glencoe Park District Community Center, 999 Green Bay Road , Glencoe. She can be reached at (847) 835-3035.

 

EARLY LEARNING CENTER AT THE GLENCOE PARK DISTRICT
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The Early Learning Center at the Glencoe Park District is a half day preschool for children 2 – 4 years old. The focus is on helping children learn to navigate their world by supporting healthy social and emotional development and an enthusiasm for learning.  The 2 year-old program is open to any child who turns 2 years before September 1 (potty training is not required). The Early Learning Center is a program of the Glencoe Park District. Non-residents are welcome to enroll. Registration procedure: Parents may call Lisa Panizo at (847) 835-3035 to plan a visit to the program. Registration is ongoing throughout the year, depending on availability. Registration fee: A $125 deposit is required at the time of registration. This fee is nonrefundable. For more information: Lisa Panizo, Early Childhood Director, will be happy to answer any questions and arrange a tour of the facilities at the Glencoe Park District Community Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe. She can be reached at (847) 835-3035 or lpanizo@glencoeparkdistrict.com.

 

HIGHLAND PARK

RAVINIA NURSERY SCHOOL

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For more information: Contact Kathy Olsen, Director, at 847-831-3700 or director@ravinianurseryschool.com.

 

 

OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE AREA

AVOCA SCHOOL DISTRICT 37
Programs: Kindergarten (5 by Sept. 1); hours are 8:50 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Hot lunch. Registration procedure: Register with Mary Herlinger at Avoca West, 847-724-6800. Register for kindergarten at anytime. Bring birth certificate and proof of residence. Kindergarten orientation for parents held on March 10, 2010 at 6:00-7:30 p.m. Children invited to visit school in on April 28, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Call for details. Registration fee: No fee for kindergarten program. For more information: Contact school office at Avoca West School, 235 Beech Drive, Glenview, 847-724-6800.

BANNER PRESCHOOL
Programs: A.M. Session 9-11:30; Lunch Bunch A.M. children stay until 1:00, P.M. children arrive at 11:30; P.M. classes offered for 3's, 4's, and Kindergarten Enrichment. 2-2½ years old classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3-year-olds class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning and afternoon; 4-year-old sessions Monday through Friday; Kindergarten Enrichment Tuesday and Thursday morning and afternoon. Registration procedure: Registration begins in November. Observations begin in October. A lottery is held in January, if applications exceed the number of spaces. Registration fee: $225 non-refundable, for new families; $100 deducted from 3rd payment. For more information: Adell Kabins, director, Banner Preschool, 847-251-3955. Or visit www.bannerpreschool.org. 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL 60091.

GLENCOE JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN AND NURSERY SCHOOL

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For more information: Contact Debra Gaetano at debragaetano@comcast.net or 847-835-4455.

GLENVIEW COMMUNITY CHURCH NURSERY SCHOOL

GCCNS is a NAEYC accreditated preschool offering a variety of programs for children ages 2-5. Programs: Our classes include: Parent-Tot, 1 day/week for children 2 by 9/1; On My Own, 2 days/week for children 2 ½ by 9/1; Juniors, 3 days/week for children 3 by 9/1; Seniors, 4 or 5 days/week for children 4 by 9/1; KinderQuest, 1 day/week for children in Kindergarten; Enrichment classes, for children 3 or 4 enrolled in one our programs. Registration: All registration is by lottery. In-house registration lottery is 1/14/09. Open House for prospective families is 1/21/09. Open registration lottery is 1/28/09. Registration fee: $85.00/family. For more information: Please contact Marcia Kiraly at marciak@gccucc.org or 847-729-1440.

GLENVIEW MONTESSORI SCHOOL
Programs: 2-year-old program:9:00-11:30 a.m.; 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for three or five days per week. 3-6-year-old program: 3-year-olds attend three to five days; 4-6-year-olds attend five days per week. 8:45-11:45 a.m.; 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; 8:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.; 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Registration procedure: Contact Director of Admissions at 847-945-7582. Registration fee: Varies with program. Please contact Director of Admissions. For more information: Lisa Kambich, Director of Schools; Arlene Gordon, Director of Admissions. 305 Waukegan Rd., Northfield. www.montessori-schools.com.

HARPER SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN

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For more information: Kathy Hofschield, kindergarten teacher, hofschik@wilmette39.org.

ST. JOSEPH'S SCHOOL

Program: St. Joseph Preschool offers morning and afternoon programs for 2-year-olds, as well as a program for 3-5 year-olds. The 2 year-old program is open to any child who turns 2 years before September 1 (potty training not required, but preferred). MWF and TT options available; classes are two hours long. The curriculum includes weekly themes that develop readiness skills and an introduction to Catholic teachings and faith. St. Joseph's separate 3-5 year-old program is a Montessori-based program creating a highly individualized learning environment that teaches skill mastery and develops creativity and self-confidence. The 3-5 year-old program uses the "Catechesis of the Good Shepherd," which engages children in liturgical teachings and prayer. St. Joseph Preschool has a unique teaching method which combines the Montessori method with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The 3-5 year-old program is a two-and-a-half hour program. Parents may choose which days their child attends preschool. St. Joseph preschoolers have access to a state-of-the art playground and gymnasium for cold and rainy days, as well as to an educational garden. St. Joseph offers preschoolers participation in Grade School activities, including a buddy program, plays and a talent show put on by upper grades, and regular visits to the kindergarten classes. Registration Procedure: Registration begins in November for returning families and December for new families. Private tours are available any time by contacting the school. Registration Fee: $125 (non-refundable unless St. Joseph cannot offer your child a spot). For more information: Contact Laura Clark, principal, lclark@stjosephwilmette.com, 1740 Lake Avenue in Wilmette, 847-256-7870

WILMETTE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Programs: Infant program, 6 weeks-18 months; Toddler Program, 1 1/2 years-3 years; Preschool Program, 3-5 years old. Registration procedure: Complete application, tour facility, registration fee. Registration fee: $50. For more information: Contact Amy Hirsh, at ahirsh@onehopeunited.org or 847-256-6600. 3013 Illinois Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091.

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