Full Day Preschool / Childcare – (Early Learning & Care)

COVID-19 Guidelines

As a DCFS licensed preschool and care facility, the preschool does not follow local school district policies. If the schools go virtual for the fall school session, ELC will continue to offer in-person learning as long as the federal government allows.

We focus on developing the whole child

Through developmentally appropriate instruction and a positive atmosphere for learning, children will develop the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills necessary to prepare them for Kindergarten. Our full-day preschool program focuses on the whole child, emphasizing socialization, and learning through play. Our curriculum incorporates a variety of learning activities designed to promote problem-solving, creativity, self-expression, and social skills. Students participate in a variety of activities everyday, including art, music, creative movement, dramatic play, math, science, and group discussions.

Our teachers combine this diverse curriculum with a nurturing environment and a healthy balance of playtime to encourage students’ physical, emotional, social and creative development. And through encouragement, understanding and respect, they help provide a positive atmosphere for learning. We believe that children learn best when parents and teachers work together and support each other, therefore, we encourage the active involvement of parents.

See your child learning with our teacher/parent app

Early Learning and Care has added a new communication tool! HiMama is an app that links with your email address and sends you daily reports of your child’s school experience. It shows you all the activities that were done throughout the day, nap times, meals, and pictures/videos. Call now to learn more about this new exciting parent communication tool!

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Consider part day care if you don’t require full day care!

Location: 1685 W. Higgins Road (Triphahn Center) View in Google Maps

Open year round
Children 3–5 years old


Registration is open year round to any child who is 3-5 years old and fully potty trained.

Enrollment requires completion of the Early Learning & Care Enrollment Form, payment of the first and last week’s tuition and a $50 registration fee.

Before you start:
Prior to beginning enrollment in Early Learning & Care programs the following forms must be turned in: Certificate of Child Health Exam, a copy of the birth certificate, Emergency Card, Preschool Information Sheet, Pick-Up Authorization form, Discipline Policy, Permission and Waiver Form, DCFS Sign Off and HiMama Parent Form.


2 days/week — $149/week
3 days/week — $198/week
4 days/week — $230/week
5 days/week — $245/week

Prior to beginning enrollment in Early Learning & Care programs the following forms must be turned in — Certificate of Child Health Exam, Emergency Card, Preschool Information Sheet, Discipline Policy, Permission and Waiver Form, DCFS Sign Off.

Daily Schedule

Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided, which meet nutritional guidelines. 

7:00am-9:00am — learning centers exploration
9:00am-9:30am — breakfast
9:30am-9:45am — circle time
9:45am-11:45am — dedicated preschool time
11:45am-12:00pm — music and stories
12:00pm-12:30pm — large motor play outside or in-gym
12:30pm-1:00pm — lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm — rest time
3:00pm-3:30pm — afternoon snack
3:30pm-6:00pm — learning center exploration and gym/playground


The Hoffman Estates Park District follows the Creative Curriculum. The Creative Curriculum guides the preschool program in providing developmentally appropriate practice in the classroom. Developmentally appropriate practice, in simple terms, is teaching in a way that matches the way children develop and learn.

In order to plan a curriculum that guides children’s learning, the teaching staff must be aware of how children grow and develop and understand and appreciate all the differences each child brings to the class.

The park district follows the curriculum goal from the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which encourages children to be actively involved in the learning process, to experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and materials, and to pursue to their own interests in the context of life in the community and the world.

Child Development can be divided into four areas: social/emotional development, physical development, cognitive development, and language development. These four categories are closely related and often overlap. Development in one area affects and is influenced by development in all areas. View Curriculum Guide

Early Learning Center Downloadable Documents


Parents are welcome to make an appointment for a tour of the Early Learning & Care. Appointments are required to schedule a tour. Call to make an appointment during these times.

Open House Dates

Severe Weather

In severe weather, the Early Learning & Care remains open unless the Triphahn Center is closed.


Contact for Preschool: Natalie Wood 847-285-5561.