Hours and Days
Part-time preschool is in session during the fall and spring semesters. Please contact the Early Childhood Center to inquire about summer programs.
- Preschool for 3-year-olds meets Mondays and Tuesdays, from 8:45 to 11:15 a.m.
- Mixed-age preschool (enrolls both 3- and 4-year-olds) meets Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 8:45 until 11:15 a.m.
- Preschool for 4-year-olds meets Tuesdays to Fridays, from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m.
To enroll, a child must be 3 years old by Sept. 1 for the 3-year-old class and 4 years old by Sept. 1 for the 4-year-old class. The mixed-age class enrolls 10 3-year-olds and 10 4-year-olds. Children whose siblings are enrolled at the Early Childhood Center and children of College of DuPage employees have priority in enrollment.
There is a registration fee of $75. Tuition rates for the 2012-2013 school year are:
- Preschool for 3-year-olds: $141 per month
- Mixed-age preschool: $211 per month
- Preschool for 4-year-olds: $282 per month
NOTE: Tuition can be paid monthly (nine equal payments) or by semester (two payments).
Registration is accepted beginning in January for the following school year, which begins with the College of DuPage fall semester. Registration is continued until classes are fully enrolled.
To register for the 2012-2013 school year, phone (630) 942-4223 or email to schedule a visit to the Center.
What is your class size and teacher-student ratio?
In our part-time preschool groups, class size is a maximum of 20 children with one degreed teacher 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 supervision of our degreed teachers.
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 part-time preschool 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. Walking field trips may be planned to places of interest on the COD campus.
Early Childhood Center