Grow, Learn & Play
Seedlings Preschool is a premiere provider of preschool serving areas of McHenry and Kane Counties for over 35 years! Our Preschool is committed to providing a safe environment with developmentally appropriate experiences for children ages 3-5. Our activities address the social, physical, cognitive, emotional, language development and self-help needs of young children. With the support of amazing Park District facilities, parks, and amenities there is so much for your children to explore!
Play is the work of a child. Meaningful play encourages curiosity, discovery and problem solving. In our classrooms, you will find busy, happy and sometimes noisy children engaged in math, literacy, science, art, music and small motor activities. Our school uses the Letter People program, a puppet-based program, with all classes to help children learn the alphabet and letter sounds. As the children work and play, our college-educated teachers focus on the individual growth and self-esteem of each child.
Seedlings Preschool offers 7 classrooms, a large motor room, and a large fenced-in playground dedicated to the preschool program. Our preschool wing remains securely locked during school hours. Each classroom has a bathroom with a child-size toilet and sink. Our playground has a drinking fountain, swings, slides, a climbing wall, sand box and an in-ground trampoline, and more!
Throughout the year, children and staff participate in fire, tornado and stranger danger drills. Staff is certified in CPR and first aid and participates in monthly safety trainings. The safety of your child is very important to us. We are a peanut-restricted school and will address other allergies and dietary concerns on an independent basis.
Your child’s first early learning experiences should be joyful and our staff are qualified, motivated and looking forward to providing your child a great experience in preschool. Come grow with us at Seedlings Preschool! If you have any further questions about Seedlings Preschool, please contact the Preschool Director at (847) 669-0597.
2021-2022 School Year
Registration for Huntley Park District Seedlings Preschool will begin on Monday, February 22. If you are interested in joining our current school year, please contact our Preschool Director for more information about availability.
Children must be the appropriate age of the program by the program start date and be potty-trained.
- Morning: 9:00 - 11:30a
- Afternoon: 12:15 - 2:45p
- Night Owl: 6:00 - 7:30p
- Classrooms open: 8:55a , 12:10p, and 6:55p (for 2021 please see preschool drop off and pick-up procedures)
NOTE: In case of inclement weather, Huntley Park District daytime classes follow School District #158 cancellations. Impacts to the program due to weather can be found on our weather update page/app. Please view from a mobile device and feel free to download the app and follow the "Emergency Announcements" Channel.
2021-2022 Monthly Fees
2 days/week: $167 / $187
3 days/week: $189 / $209
4 days/week: $217 / $237
Night Owl: $103 / $123
SIBLINGS RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT ON FEES and will be applied automatically when applying online.
Preschool Enrollment/Payment Procedures
To process registration, we must have:
- A completed registration form (or online registration), proof of residency (something with your address, such as a utility bill, drivers license, etc.) if you have not previously registered with the Huntley Park District.
- A photo copy of the child's birth certificate and current immunization records will be due before the start of the school year. These can be dropped off at the REC Center to the attention of the Preschool Director or emailed.
- At the time of registration there is a $75 non-refundable registration fee, in addition to the first month payment. From time to time promotional opportunities may be available which could reduce this cost.
- Preschool fees will be charged from a credit, debit, or ACH account on the 15th of each month. Payments are charged for the upcoming month. For example, the September 15 payment covers the month of October. All preschool registrations required an automatic payment method. Fees and charges are based on the total number of school days divided into 9 even monthly payments for your convenience. Fees also take into account several snow days each year which are not made up.
- If you wish to pay by check or cash, you still must have a valid automatic payment method on file, but you can pre-pay in person at the Huntley Park District before the 15th of each month to avoid the charge.
- Fees for the month September are paid at the time of initial registration.
- Your payments and the credit card on file must be kept current. If not kept current, your child will not be able to attend preschool until fees are paid.
- Any payments that are declined or returned may be assessed a $25 fee.
- All receipts are available to print at any time through your household account at huntleyparks.org.
Important Info and Forms
Non-Attendance Days and Weather Info
When School District 158 cancels in-person school due to weather, Seedlings Preschool will also be closed for the day. For 2021, even when snow days are declared "Remote Learning Days," preschool will still be cancelled. If you hear that D158 is cancelled we will be cancelled. We will also post our decision to have Preschool Classes on any given day on our website by 7:30a for morning classes and 4:00p for Night Owl classes. You can find this information by clicking on the "Weather Icon" at the top of the page and the status will be listed there. You can also download the Rainout Line App on your mobile device for updates. From the app, you can even setup text and/or app notifications on your phone, specific to Seedlings Preschool.
In addition, any planned non-attendance days for K-5 grades at D158 will also be non-attendance days for Seedlings Preschool. For 2021 those dates are 2/11, 2/12, 2/15, 3/11 and 3/29-4/2. Due to the changing of the school schedule so far this school year, any future changes will be updated and communicated to families as they occur.
Snow days which are not made up are considered when determining program fees. Refunds are not issued for snow days.
3 Year-old Preschool
Seedlings 3 Year-old Preschool class is the best place for children to learn and explore in a safe and fun way. Activities include music, art, and large motor activities including recess time on our playground or in the indoor large motor area. Socialization and play are both part of early learning fun for three year-olds. Our “Letter People Program,” a puppet based program, helps introduce the letters.
4 Year-old Preschool
Seedlings Preschool classes for 4 year-olds will expand on skills developed in 3 year-old preschool. Participating in our phonics/letter program will help the children not only recognize letters but learn the sounds of each letter. Children will work on writing their names and participate in hands-on math activities. Students will work on school readiness skills such as listening and following directions. Play-based learning is part of the program along with large motor fun in the gym or in our secure Preschool playground.
Mixed-Age Preschool/Fall Early Learning Class
This class will offer all the areas of learning and fun as our regular preschool classes, while allowing students to interact with their younger or older peers in unique ways. Multi-age Preschool provides older children the opportunity to learn leadership skills as they help the younger children and set examples for them. Younger children will learn problem-solving skills as they work with the older children. Work groups in this class can be smaller as they work on certain skills such a letter activities. This class will return in Fall 2021.
Dual Language Preschool
The Seedlings Preschool Dual Language class is a unique class that offers all the areas of learning and fun as our Multi-age Preschool Class, while providing an age-appropriate introduction to Spanish. Teachers are fluent in both English and Spanish. This class will return in Fall 2021.
Night Owl Preschool
Seedlings Night Owl Preschool is perfect for the child who is unable to attend a daytime class. To be respectful of learning time and bed time, snacks are not usually served and large motor activity time will be condensed. School readiness skills, along with developmentally appropriate art, music and story time is a part of each class.
Lunch Bunch is an extra fee program. A monthly calendar, giving the themes and dates for each session, is sent home each month. Registration is handled at the front desk. The cost of each session is $11 for residents and $13 for non-residents unless stated otherwise. Children bring their own lunch unless it is stated differently on the calendar. This program is temporarily unavailable for the Winter/Spring 2021 school year and it will reopen when pandemic conditions improve and restrictions on this activity are removed.
Children take turns providing snack for their entire class. Please bring napkins, juice boxes and a snack. We will only serve food purchased and prepared by grocery stores. The labeling must be on all packages. We will not accept products that contain nuts or peanuts.
If the label states that the product was produced in a plant that uses nuts, we will not be able to use the snack.
Drop Off & Pick-up Procedures
The information on this procedure is listed above in the "Important Info and Forms" section for the 2020-2021 School Year. These procedures will be updated and posted prior to the Fall 2021 school year begin date.