Des Plaines Park District

Creative Corners Preschool

Sign up early to save your spot for the 2018–2019 school year!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018–Friday, May 10, 2019

Give your child more time to flourish in our preschool environment by mixing & matching the Creative Corners programs!

We have unique preschool classes for ages 2–5.
Children must be 2, 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2018

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Click Here for the 2018–2019 Class Guide


Scholarships Available

Through Des Plaines Friends of the Parks • Rivers Casino Des Plaines

  • The Des Plaines Friends of the Park Scholarship:  Applications are available for download on their website:
  • The scholarship application process is open now. Closes when all funds have been distributed to Des Plaines residents.
  • Completed applications can be turned in at the Administrative & Leisure Center or Prairie Lakes Community Center.

Save the dates!
2018–2019 Parent Orientation: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 6:00–7:30p
2018–2019 Teacher Meet & Greet: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:00a–noon

 Registration is now in progress!

Click Here to Register for Preschool Classes Online

Download the important Creative Corners documents.

To take advantage of our Monthly Payment Plan,
please register in person at the Leisure Center.

Click Here for Map and directions to the Leisure Center
Click Here for Registration forms

Click Here for the Creative Corners 2018-2019 Parent Manual

Creative Corners
2017–2018 School Year

September 5, 2017–May 11, 2018
Children must have turned 2, 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2017
Fabulous 4s & 5s, Pre K Afternoon & Spanish Immersion graduations  are scheduled for the week of May 14. More information will be provided by your classroom teachers.

We’ve been helping kids learn and grow for more than 40 years!

We offer a variety of classes that provide both flexibility in scheduling and unique curricula designed to maximize your child’s academic achievement.

The Creative Corners Preschool Program provides each child with a quality early childhood experience by creating an atmosphere where children can grow socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually, through an engaging and exploratory curriculum. Our team uses the Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards in their teaching of academic skills to build a strong foundation, achieve benchmarks, and school-readiness.

Classrooms 108 & 110 have SMART Technology available: SMART Boards, SMART Tables and iPads. We continue to add technology features to our classrooms. These tools allow us to incorporate hands-on approach when teaching classroom concepts, and the technology offers more opportunities for your child to grow as a 21st Century Learner.



The preschool classroom is divided into several centers designed to encourage learning through exploration, investigation, and problem solving. In order to effectively stimulate and motivate children’s curiosity, some centers stay constant, while the presentation of others will vary.

Circle time is a group gathering during which we share our ideas, plans, and observations. Circle activities are designed to stimulate youngsters’ thinking, enrich their social skills and expand their attention spans.

Gross-motor activities give students the opportunity to use their muscles—as well as their imaginations—as they engage in fun, healthy exercises, such as running, jumping and climbing. We also plan time for physical activity that encourages play in our gymnasium or interactive playground.

Fine-motor activities help improve small-muscle development and eye-hand coordination. Some common items found in the fine-motor/manipulative area include puzzles, beads and laces, pegboards, crayons and scissors.

Art activities help students creatively express their thoughts and feelings. They help reinforce fine-motor skills and concept development in areas such as colors, shapes and size relationships.

Dramatic-play activities help students express themselves, practice life skills, improve social skills, increase self-esteem, build vocabulary and solve problems. And, well, dramatic play is just plain fun!

Music activities promote students’ listening skills, creative expression, and social skills. In music, children can explore sound, volume, tempo, and rhythm.

Science activities offer students many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions and experimentation.

Sand and water activities allow students to experiment with textures and the properties of different substances. These activities also promote the development of other skills, such as math, science and language.

Block play gives students experience with many different concepts, such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance, organization, cause and effect, and classification. Cooperative play skills, problem solving, and creativity are also promoted in block play.

Story time is designed to help students develop an appreciation and enjoyment of literature. Reading activities enhance children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills, and also expand their knowledge base.