Early Childhood/Preschool Classes

Early Childhood Programs

The early childhood years are among the most important for mental, physical, social and emotional development. At the Glencoe Park District, we take great pride in offering a wide variety of activities geared toward the youngest members of our community, from toddlers to preschool. 

This fall, our line-up includes enrichment classes to improve kindness, cooking and music, sports, theatre, and dance. Additionally, Preschool Tracs for four-year-olds have been created  to extend your GJK four-year-old's day. There are two trac options to choose from each day, Trac A and Trac B, with each trac offering two different classes. Tracs are offered from September to October and November and December. 

Click the title on each class to register.

 

PRESCHOOL ENRICHMENTS

Music and More with Maria Kotnsis

Age 3, Tuesdays, 9/8-10/27, 11:30 AM-1 PM, Takiff Center, $200/206, 209112-01

Music is an important building block that is very influential to a child's development. Studies show that early exposure to music will enhance the child's ability to learn as they become older. We will provide the necessary tools to allow children to build that foundation one step at a time! If COVID restrictions change: class moved online, no refund issued. Register

Sticky Fingers Cooking - NEW!

Age 3, Mondays 9/14-10/26, 11:30AM-1PM, Takiff Center, $210/216 209104-03

Your budding kid chef will develop confidence in the kitchen by learning the FUN-da-mentals for cooking and baking - measuring, mixing, mashing, and blending. In subsequent classes, cooks will perfect their dicing, slicing, mincing, grating, folding, and chopping with a wide variety of kitchen tools. Students will also learn to “cook off the cuff” using recipes that let them choose the vegetables, herbs, and spices from a bundle of colorful and tasty options. No class September 28 and October 12. If COVID restrictions change: class moved online, no refund issued. Register

PRESCHOOL SPORTS

Tiny Tots Tumbling with Coach Deb

Ages 2-3, Fridays, 9/11-10/30, 11:30 AM-1 PM, Takiff Center, $320/330, 209152-01

The class will focus on flexibility and coordination while introducing basic gymnastics concepts in a structured play environment. Cooperation and teamwork will also be stressed. If COVID restrictions change: class canceled and refund issued. Register

Adult Tot Sport with Hot Shot Sports

Ages 2-3, Saturdays, 9/12-10/24, 9-9:45 AM, Watts Park, $65/72, 214103-01

Ages 2-3, Saturdays, 11/7-12/12, 9-9:45 AM, Takiff Center, $52/57, 214103-02

Parents are an integral part of helping their tots develop basic sports movement and motor skills. Motor skill activities focus on hand-eye and hand-foot coordination. Sports equipment and instruction are provided to help guide your child through an introduction to organized sports. Parents or caregiver participation is required. No class 9/19, 10/10, 11/14, and 11/28. If COVID restrictions change: class moved outdoors/larger room. Register

Lil Dribblers with Hot Shot Sports

Ages 4-6, Saturdays, 9/12-10/24, 10-10:45 AM, Watts Park, $65/72, 214103-03

Ages 4-6, Saturdays, 11/7-12/12, 10-10:45 AM, Takiff Center, $52/57, 214103-04

The Lil’ Dribblers Basketball program introduces children to the game of basketball in a fun and exciting environment. During the class, activities are introduced to increase balance, body awareness, motor skills, hand eye coordination, listening skills, and the ability to follow directions. No class 9/19, 10/10, 1/14, and 11/28. If COVID restrictions change: class moved outdoors/larger room. Register

Soccer Shots

Ages 3-4, Mondays, 9/14-12/14, 12:30-1:30 PM, Takiff Center, $180/198, 209130-01

Ages 3-4, Thursdays, 9/10-12/17, 12:30-1:30 PM, Takiff Center, $195/215, 209130-02

Soccer Shots is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental soccer principles, utilizing creative and imaginative games to develop on skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. Each session, a positive character trait such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation is highlighted. No class 9/28, 10/12, 11/12, and 11/26. If COVID restrictions change: class moved outdoors/larger room. Register

Tennis with Coach Darius

Ages 3-4, Tuesdays, 9/8-12/15, 12:30-1:30 PM, Takiff Center, $252/277, 218510-07

Ages 3-4, Wednesdays, 9/9-12/16, 12:30-1:30 PM, Takiff Center, $252/277, 218510-08

Learn how to hold a racket and about different strokes used in tennis. Classes will develop hand-eye coordination and balance in a fun environment! No class 11/3 and 11/25. Register

Pee Wee Sportster with Coach Miriam

Age 3, Wednesdays, 9/9-12/16, 11:30 AM-1 PM, Takiff Center, $266/274, 209125-01

Age 4, Fridays, 9/11-12/18, 12-1:30 PM, Takiff Center, $247/$254, 209125-02

This active class introduces children to the fundamentals of sports such as soccer, t-ball, basketball, football, and more. No class 11/13, 11/25, and 11/27. If COVID restrictions change: class moved outdoors/larger room or will go virtual. No refund issued. Register

PRESCHOOL DANCE & THEATRE

Tiny Hip Hop with Sarah Hall Theatre Company

Age 3, Tuesdays, 9/8-12/15, 11:30 AM-1 PM, Takiff Center, $378/416, 213105-01

In this high-energy class, your little mover will learn rhythm, musicality, and performance skills through the art of hip-hop. Using kid-friendly music, our instructors will focus on basic footwork, strength building, dance attitude, and style. Class will be held outdoors when practical. Gym shoes and comfortable clothing required. No class 11/3 and 11/25. If COVID restrictions change: class moved online, no refund issued. Register

Tiny Ballet with Sarah Hall Theatre Company

Age 3, Fridays, 9/11-12/18,11:30 AM-1 PM, Takiff Center, $351/386, 213202-01

Introduce your preschooler to basic ballet movement and choreography. Using imaginative games, upbeat music, props and more, your young performer will learn to dance in a fun and positive environment. Class will be held outdoors when practical. Ballet shoes and attire required. No class 11/13 and 11/27. If COVID restrictions change: class moved online, no refund issued. Register

Tiny Footlighters with Sarah Hall Theatre Company

Age 3, Mondays, 9/14-12/14, 11:30 AM-1 PM, Takiff Center, $324/356, 212505-01

Allow your tiny thespian to discover the wonders of performance and play using their body, mind, and imagination! This class will bring out the dramatic spirit of any preschooler through games and story theatre. Our class will culminate in a video performance for friends and families to enjoy! Class will be held outdoors when practical. No class 9/28 and 10/12. If COVID restrictions change: class moved online, no refund issued. Register

 

PRESCHOOL DAY OFF

Spend your preschool days off with us! We’ll enjoy a morning full of activities, learning, and fun. Drop-off and pick-up is at the Takiff Center and pre-registration is required. The programs will be canceled if the program minimum is not met. Register

Fall Friends
Monday, September 28, 9 AM-1 PM, Takiff Center, $40/45, 209170-02

Drop off your little one for a day of outside exploration. Children will be taking a nature walk to find signs of fall and to create fun art with the natural elements they collect on their nature walk.                        

Monster Madness
Monday, October 12, 9 AM-1 PM, Takiff Center, $40/45, 209170-03

Bring your little monster to our Monster Madness day to create a monster of their own. Children will experiment with different media to create a one-of-a-kind monster to bring home, just in time for the Halloween season!