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Ravinia Nursery School
686 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL 60035
Ravinia Nursery School is a developmental preschool where children are encouraged to learn through play. Children learn at their own pace and in their own direction. Programs include a classes for 3-4 year olds (five mornings/week from 9:30-11:00) and a class for 4-5 year olds (five afternoons/week from 12:30-3:00). The younger class focuses on outdoor play, arts and crafts, music, singing and stories, while the older class adds language, literacy and math skills like counting, sorting and classifying objects.
There is also a summer camp.
Highland Park Montessori Schools
There are three Montessori schools in Highland Park. The goal of the schools is to help children become creative and competent human beings who are fully aware of themselves and the world around them.They are dedicated to creating an environment where children can feel comfortable and are able to learn in a respectful, caring community. The children work independently and in groups in a non-competitive atmosphere and are encouraged to make decisions from an early age.
Programs include a parent-child class (2 months+), a toddler class (2-3 year olds), a primary class (3-6 year olds) and full-day kindergarten
- Highland Park Montessori
1301 Clavey Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
- Montessori Connection West
1731 Deerfield Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
- Montessori Connection East
330 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035
George Lutz Family Center
800 Clavey Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
The George Lutz Center offers a variety of preschool options, including full-day programs for working parents and more traditional preschool programs that children can attend three, four or five days per week. The school provides a range of activities including art, imaginative play, music and nature, that inspire children to explore their ever-expanding world. These activities include both organized and free play, as well as structured group time that promote social interaction and the development of close, meaningful relationships.
There is also an extended day program and a summer camp.
Bethany Early Childhood Center
1696 McGovern St., Highland Park, IL 60035
This is a program of the Bethany United Methodist Church. It is a non-sectarian organization serving children from a variety of backgrounds. Its goal is to encourage children to learn and grow at their own pace and stimulate their natural curiosity through language arts, science, music, arts and crafts and dramatic play.
There are a variety of programs to meet the needs of parents and their children:
Morning Preschool for 2-5 year olds meets 9:00-11:30. Parents can choose two, three or five days a week.
All-day Preschool accommodates working parents and is open five days a week from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Full-day kindergarten meets from 9:00-3:00 Monday through Friday.
B’nai Torah Preschool
2789 Oak St., Highland Park, IL 60035
The B’nai Torah Preschool is a private educational center that fosters social development, intellectual exploration and the implementation of Jewish values. All of this is done within a child-centered nurturing environment. The professional staff follows a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and responsive to the child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual growth.
Programs include: 2-day program (Tuesdays and Thursdays) for children turning 3; a 3-day or 5-day program for 4 year olds; and a 5-day program for 5 year olds.
B’nai Torah offers a lunch and enrichment program that meets from 11:30 AM to 1:45 PM. You may enroll your child for up to 4 afternoons a week, Monday through Thursday.
Children’s Center of Lakeside Congregation
1221 County Line Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
The goal of the school is to provide a nurturing and secure environment that promotes healthy social, emotional, physical, intellectual and Judaic development of children 16 months – Kindergarten.
Moms ‘n Totz is a time when children 16 months and older can begin to socialize in a comfortable, secure setting with a parent or caregiver nearby. Toddlers will enjoy time in the gym, art room and classroom. Classes meet for 1-1/4 hours, once a week
Nursery School classes are designed to meet a preschooler’s developmental needs and promote independence through social interaction, motor activities, art, stories and song. There is a special emphasis placed on Jewish holidays and heritage, as well as the weekly celebration of Shabbat.
Transitional classes promote many different facets of the growing child. Emphasis is on nurturing a child’s independence and self-esteem; this will help to prepare for a smooth entry into nursery school. Class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. –11:15 a.m. and it gradually becomes a self-contained preschool class. This class is designed for children who will be 2 yrs. old by separation in November.
Munchkidz: For those who will be 3 yrs. Old during the school year.
Program meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from
9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Big Shotz: For those who will be 4 yrs. Old.
Program meets Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Shining Starz: For Pre-Kindergarteners
Program meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
- Guide to North Shore Preschools
- Glencoe Preschools
- Winnetka Preschools
- Kenilworth Preschools
- Wilmette Preschools