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Nursery School ChildrenRavinia Nursery School

686 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 831-3700

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
    (847) 433-3383
  • Montessori Connection West
    1731 Deerfield Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
    (847) 831-9393
  • Montessori Connection East
    330 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035
    (847) 433-5106

Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center

185o Green Bay Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 432-3301

Highland Park Community Nursery School offers a wide variety of quality early childhood programs for the diverse needs of children and families in Highland Park and Highwood, including half day nursery school programs for children ages 2 years, 8 months through age 4; “Lunch Bunch” and extended day for 4-year-olds; state funded “Preschool for All classes for 3 and 4-year-olds; part-time or full-time day care for 3 and 4-year-olds; before school care for children ages 5-10; and kindergarten enrichment with extended care and transportation for children who attend kindergarten. All students participate in professional music and art classes.

Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center offers sliding scale fees and scholarships, making it a licensed, quality program, affordable to all who apply.

George Lutz Family Center

800 Clavey Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 433-6001

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
(847) 432-5569

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
(846) 433-7100

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
(847) 432-7950

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.

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  1. Pam Carlson

    Why isn’t Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center on this list? It is an outstanding school with a 62 year history in the community. It offers many services, including nursery school for 3-4 yr olds, Preschool for All full time day care for ages 3-5, kindergarten enrichment, before school care and care for children of Dist. 113 employees at Highland Park HS.

  2. Anne West

    Thanks, Pam. I definitely will add it!

  3. Kate Tubbs

    Like many parents we put much effort into finding a nursery school for our 3 year old in the Highland Park area. After relocating here from the east coast we were truly relieved and happy to find Highland Park Community Nursery School for our son. everyone has their own scope of what they’re looking for in this situation and it is a personal, social and practical set of criteria. We walked away just feeling good – happy really. And after 6 months we are sure it was the right choice for our family. Teachers? Solid experience, for sure – but more importantly, there is a joy in their work that you can’t fake. Our son feels loved and valued. those aren’t his words of course but we are pretty good at reading his communication and he is at home at HPCNS.

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