Preschool /Early Childhood

Our preschool centers are located at Pat Shephard Center, Meineke Recreation Center, and Bock Neighborhood Center.

We are accredited by the National Academy for the Education of Young Children. Programs accredited by NAEYC's National Academy of Early Childhood Program have undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Criteria for High-Quality Early Childhood programs and been found to be in compliance with the criteria.

For more information, call 847-490-7036.

Pat Shephard Center
421 N. Springinsguth Road
Meineke Preschool Center
220 E. Weathersfield Way
Bock Neighborhood Center
1223 W. Sharon Lane


We offer a developmental program with an emphasis on social, emotional and cognitive development. The goal is to help your child develop independence and a positive self-image. Teachers encourage curiosity and strive to develop an enjoyment for learning.

Our staff facilities and creative materials encourage play -- a child’s principle means of expression and problem solving. The program provides large motor activities, creative art, singing, finger-plays, rhythmic activities, stories and creative dramatics. Playing with other children, participating in group activities and learning to follow directions will help your child gain self-confidence and achieve healthy emotional development.


The preschool program includes both group and individual activities throughout the day. Interest centers and activity areas are available to allow the child to plan his or her free time. Kindergarten readiness skills are integrated into each day’s activities. Sound and name activities build phonemic awareness to prepare for reading. Art experiences introduce the concepts of color, shape and space. Cooking and water play explore the ideas of volume and measurements. Playdough, scissors, sand, crayons and small blocks aid in the development of fine motor skills needed for handwriting. Dramatic play and music encourage self-expression. Movement activities and outside play allow opportunity for physical development.


There are two teachers in each classroom of 20 children. Teachers work as a team. Every preschool teacher is professionally qualified and dedicated to the education and development of each child enrolled in the program. Teachers keep current in teaching methods through training and attendance at educational seminars throughout the year.