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Glencoe Preschools

Takiff Center
999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022

The following programs are all offered at the Takiff Center. Additional enrichment activities are available through the Glencoe Park District website.

Children's Circle Preschool
(847) 835-3035

Children's Circle is a full day program of the Glencoe Park District that serves children 15 months to 6 years old. Hot lunch and snack provided with extended day options as well. Their mission is to provide a secure place for your child to interact with the world, incorporating hands-on and teacher-facilitated experiences that are meaningful and relevant to your child's stage of development. It operates year round and children may attend 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week. Registration priority is given to Glencoe residents and those who work at least 30 hours in Glencoe, but we welcome enrollments from neighboring communities.

The Early Learning Center
(847) 835-7534

The Early Learning Center is a half day program of the Glencoe Park District that serves children 2 - 5 year olds and offers classes Sept - May. Children are involved in their learning through meaningful play, experimentation and repetition, and have the opportunity to choose from many types of developmentally appropriate materials and activities. The goal for children is not just school-readiness, but life-readiness: the ability to problem-solve, work with others, feel good about oneself and one's abilities, and meet new challenges with interest and curiosity. Two's have a two day or three day option, 3's have a four or 5 day option and 4's meet 5 days a week with a morning or afternoon option.

Glencoe Junior Kindergarten
(847) 835-4455

Glencoe Junior Kindergarten (GJK) is an independent, non-profit preschool located in the Takiff Center serving 2 – 5 year olds. GJK follows an "emergent curriculum" approach in which each classroom's activities grow from the ideas and interests of the children. They use the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards in conjunction with the Common Core State Standards to ensure a high quality tailored experience for your child.

2's can attend 2, 3 or 5 days a week, 3's attend 5 days a week for 2.5 hours and 4's meet 5 days a week for 4 hours and includes a hot lunch. Parent/tot classes, extended day programming as well as summer camp are offered as well.

Glencoe Montessori at St. Elisabeth's Church
556 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-5101 or

Glencoe Montessori is part of the Highland Park Montessori program. The goal of the school 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 (6 months+), a toddler class (2-3 year olds), a primary class (3-6 year olds) full-day kindergarten and kindergarten enrichment.

JCC Preschool at Am Shalom
840 Vernon, Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-0008

The Glencoe location of the JCC offers a highly acclaimed academic curriculum that is deeply rooted in Jewish values and prepares preschoolers for their next educational step. Each child is encouraged to explore and ask questions in our cooperative classroom environment where children confidently progress through the day with familiar routines, gentle transition cues and the use of a visual daily schedule. The program is available to children 2 - 4 years old and is a half day program. Enrichment and summer camp programs are offered as well.

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