The very first day of class for St. John's Lutheran Preschool was on September 5, 1990. On that day, class was held for 14 three year olds with two staff members. By the next school year, classes were added for two year olds and four year olds.
We are a half-day preschool with early and late care available. We now offer preschool classes for Toddlers (18 mos.) through pre-K (age 6) with a staff of fifteen. We serve approximately 150 families. Classes begin after Labor Day and end the week before Memorial Day. We also offer 1 or 2 themed mini camps during the summer months.
We are located in the lower level of St. John's Lutheran Church. We have five color coordinated classrooms with a security system. The children have access to a full sized gymnasium, fenced-in playground and music and Bible room.
Aside from regular preschool classes, we include weekly Bible and music classes for our students. On a monthly basis, we offer opportunities for families to participate in a mission outreach project. We also have family events coordinated with the church throughout the school year such as Trunk or Treat and an Easter Egg Hunt.
The philosophy of Preschool is based upon our belief that a child has the right to a Christian environment that will enhance and encourage growth in all parts of a child's development process. These areas include the moral, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical aspects of each child.
The staff shall meet these needs through our curriculum, daily lessons, and each child's individual learning and developmental needs.
To develop the abilities which God has given to each child.
To help the child grow spiritually, mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally, thereby helping the child to get along better with others.
To provide a curriculum aimed at preparing the child for kindergarten through a program covering the following areas:
Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Physical Development and Health, Fine Arts, Social/Emotional Development, Spirituality.
Over 100 years combined teaching experience
Multiple class options for each age
Extended Day program available (early & late care)
Ample parking with handicapped spots available
Staff certified in First Aid & CPR
Electronic security system
Curriculum & assessments based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards
Safe outdoor playground / Full size gym
Weekly Bible & music classes
Empower Hour after school enrichment program
Monthly mission projects
Farewell Ceremony for 4's classes
Parents' nights out and other hospitality events provided by the church
Empower Hour is a special enrichment program just for our 4-year-old classes. Students have the option to add on an extra hour of school at the end of the day. Empower Hour activities include: music, science experiments, art, cooking, outdoor play, nature exploration, and academic enrichment activities based on the week's theme.
Early and late care is available before and after school each day for an additional fee. Children may arrive as early as 7:30 for the 8:30 a.m. school start time. Children may stay after 11:30 dismissal as late as 12:30 p.m. Please see the tuition and fee schedule for pricing.
St. John's Lutheran Preschool admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin too all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. St. John's Lutheran Preschool will make reasonable modifications in policies, practices and procedures to accommodate children with disabilities.
St. John's Lutheran Preschool is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).