Christ United Methodist Preschool center is open year-round from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Our preschool program runs from late August to May, with summer camp offered from June to mid-August the start of the school year to provide continuity in your child's care.

Our staff is committed to providing:

  • Programs that are developmentally appropriate, where children learn according to their individual needs and interests
  • A variety of resources for children to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically
  • A safe and nurturing environment where children can explore, experiment, and use their natural curiosity to solve problems and learn about the world around them
  • Activities that foster a child's self-esteem, self-trust, and positive feelings toward learning
  • Encouragement for children to develop independence and a desire to be self-motivated, responsible learners
  • Opportunities for children to develop respect for the diversity and culture of others

Christ United Methodist Preschool is an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services licensed school,

staffed by a mix of full-time and part-time teachers with oversight from both a Director and Assistant Director. 

All preschool staff meet or exceed the minimum requirements mandated by DCFS.  


Christ United Methodist Preschool uses a teaching approach similar to The Creative Curriculum.  It's one of the country's leading scientifically-based, research validated curriculum that provides guidance teaching literacy,

math, science, and social studies, balancing both teacher-directed and

child-initiated learning styles and building on their strength and interests.

The preschool program is designed to provide activities and routines so children can manage themselves and their progress at their own rate of development. The daily program includes, but is not limited to:

  1. An opportunity to have a free choice of activities to play alone or with a friend. Options for this time include books, blocks, cars, puzzles, or crafts, to name a few.
  2. Activities to encourage language development along with reading and math readiness.
  3. Participation in group activities, stories, singing, games, and science.
  4. A time for washing hands and eating meals or snacks.
  5. Indoor and outdoor playtime on our playground to encourage large muscle development.

Daily Activities

Come and Visit

Ready to learn more about our preschool center? We would love to meet you!

Call our office at (815) 398-1458 or email us at to schedule a visit today.