(708) 354-4580

School Year September 11, 2023 - May 17, 2024

Our preschool is designed for children ages 2 through 5 years old, including pre-kindergarten. Our curriculum is based on a non-repetitive four-year cycle. The following is a brief outline of what the curriculum offers for each age group.   Illinois Early Childhood Standards and Benchmarks are used for learning curriculum. Additional information is available in our Parent Handbook (Tuition is monthly)

Registration for Preschool

Registration for Preschool is open throughout the year, as long as there are spaces available in the class.  You may register at the Park District Office at 1501 Barnsdale Road.  We welcome visitors.  Please make an appointment by calling the main office at 708-354-4580.

Ready Teddy Preschool
Age: 2.5 -3 years
3 years 4 & 5 years-Kindergarten
Fee: $146.00, Non-Resident fee is $156.00, monthly
$150.00, Non-Resident fee is $160.00, monthly
See Below
Day/ Time


8:45-10:45 am
11:15 - 1:15 pm


8:45- 10:45 am
11:15 - 1:15 pm

Additional classes start January 9, 2024

8:45-10:45 am
11:15 - 1:15 pm


8:30- 10:30 am

11:00-1:00 pm 

1:30- 3:30 pm

Mondays - Thursdays

$254.00,  Non-Resident fee is $264.00, monthly
8:30 -11:30 am
12:30 - 3:30 pm

Mondays - Fridays
$312.00,  Non-Resident fee is $322.00, monthly
8:30 -11:30 am
12:30 - 3:30 pm

Mondays - Thursdays
$508, Non-Resident fee is $518.00, monthly
8:45 - 2:45

Mondays - Fridays
$624, Non-Resident fee is $634, monthly
8:45 - 2:45

Learning centered around play!  In the early years, socializing with others is important in getting ready for school.  Social skills and self-esteem will be enhanced.  Shapes, counting time, painting, music, and colors are all part of the learning fun.
This three day a week class has been designed for children who are 3 years of age.  Focus is on readiness skills through small and large group activities.  Social, emotional and physical needs of this age group will be developed.  Art projects, music, letters, numbers, colors, and daily gym are all incorporated.
Reading and math readiness skills are integrated into a program designed to stimulate learning and build self-confidence.  Good work habits develop social and communication skills.  Individual achievement is recognized and creativity encouraged.  Art, music, drama and tablet centers are all included.  Gym is daily. Book-It and My Big World are integrated into the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum.  
Teddy Toddlers   
Age: 2 years

Fall Session (13 weeks):
$200    Non-Resident $210.00

(Tuition is paid per session)

Day / Time

Fridays (13 week sessions)

Fall: September 15, 2023- December 15, 2023

(skip November 23)

Winter/Spring: January 13, 2024- April 19, 2024 

8:45- 10:15 am

10:45-12:15 pm

Location Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Rd.,
La Grange Park

Here is the perfect opportunity to get your toddler acquainted with other children and take a small step into preschool.  Socializing with  others, music, and simple art projects will all be a part of the fun.  Children should be ready to stay at class without the assistance of a parent.  Children completing the Fall session will be given priority placement in the January 2.5 to early 3 classes.

Before and After Care FAQS

What is Before and After Care? Before and After Care is an optional program which can be combined with Ready Teddy Preschool and Enrichment classes to extend your child’s day.

When is Before and After Care available? A start-up schedule for fall will be organized based on need.

Who can come to Before and After Care? Any registered Ready Teddy student. Children do not need to be potty-trained, however staff will not change diapers.

What activities are provided during Before and After Care? Story time, music, crafts, gym and playground time, depending on the length of time children are scheduled. You can send a snack or lunch with your child to be eaten during their time here as you deem necessary. (Snacks are provided during preschool classes.) 

How do I sign up for Before and After Care? You can register at the Parent Orientation Meeting on September 7th, or anytime at the Front Desk. Once you’ve filled out the registration form, you can add dates to it throughout the school year. Some families use Before and After Care on a regularly scheduled basis and sign-up monthly. Others use it sporadically. 24 hours advance notice and a minimum of one hour is required to guarantee staff coverage for your child. Before and After Care  is sometimes available on shorter notice if the teachers are already here for other children. We strongly encourage monthly registration to ensure your child’s Before and After Care needs are met.

How much does Before and After Care cost? $12.00 per hour per child, with a minimum of one hour. Once the initial registration form has been filled out, you can reserve your time over the phone with a credit card. Cash and checks are also accepted; payment is required prior to the scheduled Before and After Care date. A $5.00 surcharge will be applied to same-day requests. Credits are issued only when participants are absent from Ready Teddy due to illness. When calling in an absence to Ready Teddy, please make sure to also let the front desk know about Before and After Care. 

Fall 2023-2024 Preschool Registration Information

Registration for current resident preschool students begins: Monday, February 13 at 8:30am
Registration opens for all La Grange Park Residents: Tuesday, February 14 at 8:30am
Registration for current nonresident students begins: Thursday, February 16 at 8:30am
Open enrollment for all begins Friday, February 17 at 8:30am

Click here for online registration