Finding a preschool is just as complex as choosing a college these days, so it is important to be prepared, especially when spots fill up quickly!

Chicago Public Schools have filled up fast and we understand that parents are scrambling to get their little ones enrolled for the upcoming school year.

Below is a list of Pre-K 3 classes and summer camps you should contact and are affordable choices for your child’s academic development.

Creative Scholars Preschool

1735 N Elston Ave

This class is for children ages 2.5 to 3 years. It is designed to be a supportive transition from the toddler years to the preschool years. Program hours include A.M. preschool from 8:30am – 12:30pm and all-day preschool from 7:00am – 6:00pm. Learn more on the Creative Scholars website.

For more information call: 773.489.6543

St. Nicholas Cathedral School

2200 West Rice Street

Our program is designed to provide a smooth transition from home to school. Preschool teachers keep parents well informed about their child’s development. We always welcome parents into the classroom and on field trips to share their enthusiasm.  Learn more about St. Nick’s full-day Pre-K 3 and 4 year-old program.

For more information call: 773.384.7242

Sonnets Academy

Four Schools located in Chicago

Lincoln Park – 1932 N Clark St. – 312.951.1024

River North – 430 W Erie St. – 312.344.1926

West Loop – 229 S Peoria St. – 312.733.7580

Hyde Park – 5548 S. Hyde Park Blvd. – 773.891.0029

Preschool children learn through exploration. Questions abound as they discover their surroundings. Combine that with their never-ending imaginations. Sonnets Academy’s preschool classrooms is the best preschool in Chicago for your child to exceed developmental milestones. Go to Sonnet Academy’s website to learn more.

St. Clement School

2524 North Orchard St.

Saint Clement School’s mission inspires students to recognize their gifts in a challenging academic environment. Their curriculum includes academic, social and psychological development of each student. They are focused on teaching diverse strategies and extra-curricular activities. Learn more about St. Clement’s Pre-K 3 programs on their website.

Call directly to receive more information: 773.348.8212

Mary Meyer School

2817 North Pine Grove Avenue

Mary Meyer teachers have welcomed children from throughout Chicago for 75 years. They understand the importance of a child’s first encounter with school. The children learn in an environment of equipment that are used creatively with adult support and guidance. The goal of facilitating cognitive development underlies all activities. Check their admissions page to view open spots for your child.

Call directly to receive more information: 773.549.0870

Bright Horizons

360 E South Water St.

Preschoolers are ready to experiment with new things. With teachers’ support, these young minds will tackle new challenges, and advance the skills they’ll need for kindergarten and beyond. Visit their website to learn more about their Pre-K programs.

For enrollment info, please call: 877.624.4532

Butler Children’s Prep of Chicago

17 E. Pearson St.

This preschool is designed for children (ages 2-5) who have shown an interest in learning in a more academic environment. In addition to a STEM curriculum, we emphasize six learner qualities that create a well-rounded student: curious, respectful, enthusiastic, creative, independent, open-minded. Learn more about their Pre-K program on their website.

Click here to apply online, or call directly for more information: 312.643.1401

Lincoln Park Preschool & Kindergarten

Three Schools located in Chicago

Webster – 2150 N. Lincoln Park West – 773.248.3381

Belden – 312 W. Belden Avenue – 773.665.0110

Germania – 108 W. Germania – 312.482.9009

Classroom communities (ages 2-5 years) that inspire discovery and play. With a balance of self-directed play and thoughtful teacher guidance, children experience the joy of discovery and learning for themselves. Learn more about the program and download an online application, today!

The Goddard School

21 Schools located in Chicago area

Search locations here and view contact info each individual school.

The Goddard Pre-K program supports kindergarten preparedness and mastery of gross motor skills through play-based activities. Your child will practice collaborative problem-solving skills daily. Our teachers customize each Pre-K lesson plan to provide opportunities for cooperative learning and outdoor playtime. Learn more about their Pre-K program today!

La Petite Academy

12 Schools located in Chicago area

Search locations here and view contact info each individual school.

To engage and nurture each child, we offer a balance of freedom and instruction. This STEM-focused early education classroom is designed as an interactive learning community. Children build skills vital to success in kindergarten, gain respect for others, and develop a strong sense of confidence.

The Pre-K program provides a focus on: Problem-solving, Responsive listening, Using language to learn, and Social skills. Click here to learn more or call La Petite Academy directly: 866.941.2905

The Gardner School

8 Schools located in Chicago

Contact all the Gardner schools directly.

Their Pre-K program focuses on the skills your child needs for Kindergarten readiness. The curriculum is tailored to the child’s needs, encouraging meaningful learning experiences, and instilling a sense of responsibility and independence during the Pre-K year. Learn more about their Pre-K programs.

Contact them directly online to request more information.

Ravenswood Pre K Summer Camp

4332 N. Paulina St.

This program is designed to meet the all the needs of students. The Youth Guidance Summer Camp provides a safe environment in which students are free to learn, create, and grow with their peers. Our instructors ensure that each child has a positive, safe, and fun summer camp experience.  Learn more about Ravenswood Elementary on their website.

Each week includes free daily breakfast and lunch, field trips, swimming, classroom projects, and recess. Camp days include a well-rounded balance of structured activities, student choice, and creative play. Camp runs full-time 7:30am – 6:00pm, register camp sessions all summer long.

For more information and booking questions call: 773.534.5525

St. Stanislaus Summer Camp

1255 N. Noble St.

St. Stan’s offers a variety of summer opportunities for all children in our community. Full Day 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, 2 week sessions will run from June 17th – August 2nd. Combining academics with summer camp activities, children entering Pre-K 3 – 8th grade can enjoy a summer that is fun, hands-on, and intellectually stimulating.  During our 2019 camp, we will emerge ourselves into the world of music.

Learn more about Summer camp listings and register online here.

View here for application process to their Pre K classes and programs. Call for more information: 773.278.4560

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