Des Plaines Park District

Creative Corners Preschool

Registration for the 2022–2023 school year is now open!
Monday, September 12, 2022 — Friday, May 19, 2023
We have a variety of unique preschool classes for ages 2–5.  Children must be 2, 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2022

Complete Creative Corners Preschool information is in our Spectrum Program Guide.
Download a PDF of the 2022-2023 Creative Corners Program information now.


The Creative Corners Class Program Guide and the Handbook were created to help you pick the right classes for your student and be well-informed about our preschool programs. Download them below.
Class Program Guide 2022-2023 PDF
 Handbook 2022-2023 PDF
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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.
Contact Elizabeth.Quinzio@DPParks.org or call 847-391-5700.


 

Educational Financial Aid Scholarships

Financial Aid Scholarships are available for partial tuition scholarships for low-income families enrolling their children in the Des Plaines Park District’s Creative Corners Preschool programs.
2022 Educational Financial Aid Application

2023 Application Acceptance Period: January 1, 2023–July 15, 2023 or until all funds are distributed.

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.


We’ve been helping students 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 student’s academic achievement.

The Creative Corners Preschool Program provides each student with a quality early childhood experience by creating an atmosphere where students 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 student to grow as a 21st Century Learner.

THE PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM

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 student’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, students 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 DAILY EXTENSION PROGRAM

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

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


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