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Full-Time Preschool and Toddler Care

Hours and Days

Open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. This is a year-round program.


Children between the ages of 15 months and five years (pre-kindergarten) are eligible to enroll. Children whose siblings are enrolled in the Center and children of College of DuPage employees have priority in enrollment.

2017-2018 School Year Tuition

Tuition is $347 per week for children in our preschool classrooms and $375 per week for children in our toddler classroom. There is a $75 registration fee as well as a security deposit equal to two weeks of tuition due at the time of enrollment.


Registration is open year-round, subject to availability. There may be a wait list if there are more applicants than spaces in the program.

If you are interested in registering for full-time preschool or toddler care, phone (630) 942-4223, or email to arrange a visit to the Early Childhood Center.


Do I have to enroll my child for five full days per week in the full-time program?
Yes, to participate in the full-time program, a student must be enrolled for five full days.

What is your class size and teacher-student ratio?
For our full-time programs, class size and teacher-student ratio vary by age group.

Toddlers (15 to 30 months)

  • Maximum of 10 children
  • One degreed teacher for every five toddlers

Ages 2 to 3

  • Maximum of 16 children
  • One degreed teacher for every eight children

Ages 3 to 4

  • Maximum of 20 children
  • One degreed teacher for every 10 children

Ages 4 to 5

  • Maximum of 10 children
  • One degreed teacher and an assistant for every 10 children

College students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education and Care academic program may provide additional support as they participate in the classrooms under lead teacher supervision.

What meals and snacks are provided for the children in the full-time program?
Meals are served family style with a hot lunch cooked on premises. A breakfast supplement is served before 8 a.m., and healthy snacks are served mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

What are your teachers' credentials?
All teachers in our program are experienced and degreed in early childhood education or child development.

What types of activities will my child participate in?
The full-time schedule provides time for teacher-planned and child-initiated activities in the areas of art, dramatic play, music, literacy, math, manipulatives, blocks, science, sensory experiences and physical activities. At gathering time, children are encouraged to join the group for songs, finger-plays and stories. Physical activity is provided daily in the Outdoor Learning Center and indoor large motor area. Preschoolers periodically participate in walking field trips to places of interest on the COD campus. The daily schedule includes a rest time.


Contact Information

Early Childhood Center
(630) 942-4223


College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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