Christ United Preschool center is open year round from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Our preschool program runs from August to May , summer camps begin in June and run into August up to the start of the school year  to provide continuity in your child's care.

*** ATTENTION*** Due to COVID-19 hours on operations are adjusted to 7:30-5:00 until further notice

We are an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services licensed preschool.  We have a mix of full-time and part-time teachers with a Director and Assistant Director overseeing our center.  The preschool's teaching staff meets or exceeds the minimum requirements mandated by the DCFS.  

Our staff is committed to:

  • Providing a program that is developmentally appropriate, where children are encouraged to learn according to their individual needs and interests.
  • Providing many experiences, materials, opportunities, and time for children to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically.
  • Providing a safe and nurturing environment where children explore, experiment, manipulate, and use their natural curiosity to solve problems and learn about the world around them.
  • Providing experiences and activities that foster a child's self-esteem, self-trust, and positive feelings toward learning.
  • Providing opportunities for children to develop independence, and a desire to be self-motivated, responsible learners.
  • Providing opportunities for children to develop self-control and respect for the diversity and culture of others.

If you want to learn more about our preschool, or stop in for a visit to see what we're all about, please contact the school office at (815) 398-1458.

Debbi Thurston

Debbi Thurston currently serves as the Preschool Center's Director.  She has been working at the Preschool Center for over 17 years starting out teaching 3-year-olds and then becoming the Assistant Director where she later became the Director.  

Debbi has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development. She's been working with children and childcare centers for over 25 years. 


Terri Butler

Terri Butler currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Preschool Center. She began working at the Preschool Center over 18 years ago. She started as a parent bringing her child to the center, then served as a substitute teacher and follwed by becoming a full-time teacher in the 4-year-old classroom. Terri has over 24 years experience working with children and childcare centers.

Christ United methodist preschool staff 

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