Des Plaines Park District

Creative Corners Preschool

We’re looking forward to an exciting
2019–2020 school year!

Monday, September 9, 2019–Friday, May 15, 2020
We have a variety of unique preschool classes for ages 2–5.
Children must be 2, 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2019

Meet the teachers & see the classrooms!

Talk with the Creative Corners Preschool teachers, meet Preschool Supervisor Carolanne Smith, tour the classrooms and get all of your preschool questions answered. This is a great opportunity to see our SMART Technology in action, and for your child to play in their classroom.

Family Orientation

Wednesday, September 4 • 6:00–7:30p at the Leisure Center
For parents and guardians. Adults only, please.

Teacher Meet & Greet

Thursday, September 5 • 10:00a–noon at the Leisure Center
For parents, guardians and kids!

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Please Download These Important Documents
The Creative Corners Class Program Guide and the Parent Handbook were created to help you pick the right classes for your child and be well-informed about our preschool programs.
Class Program Guide 2019-2020 Click Here
Parent Handbook 2019-2020 Click Here

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Click Here for more information and to download the app.

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  • To register online for any of our Preschool Classes, Click Here
  • To download and read important Creative Corners documents, Click Here
  • To download a Registration Form, Click Here

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
Questions? Contact or call 847-391-5700.

Financial Aid Scholarships

Financial Aid Scholarships are available for the full year and for individual Creative Corners Preschool classes.
Scholarships are provided through the Des Plaines Friends of the Parks
Read more about the work that the Friends do for the community on their website.

  • To download a PDF of the 2019–2020 Educational Scholarship Application, Click Here.
  • The scholarship application process is open now. It closes when all funds have been distributed to Des Plaines residents.
  • Completed applications can be turned in at the Leisure Center or Prairie Lakes Community Center.

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


Lunch Bunch is an extended preschool program in the afternoon. It is offered to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, who are looking for a semi-structured preschool experience with lunchtime included. Parents will provide lunch.

Daily 2-hour Lunch Bunch Passes are available for purchase at the front desk for $15.00

  • Lunch from noon-12:30p
  • Free play 12:30-1:00p
  • Specialty activities 1:00–2:00p

 Please review the guidelines below.

  • Talk to your child about eating the healthy foods first. Then the treat (optional).
  • Pack foods that your child enjoys. (It is often difficult getting students to eat).
  • Refrigeration is not available, send a reusable blue ice pack or equivalent when appropriate.
  • Pack necessary straws and silverware.
  • Please remind children not to share food because of allergies.
  • Students are expected to sit facing the table and practice good table manners (With help!).
  • Children are expected to eat and clean up after themselves before playing. Once foods and drinks are put away they are not to eat again.
  • Please label lunch boxes.