• What Our Parents Have to Say About Our Preschool

    The First Presbyterian Church Preschool has established a deep and well respected reputation within the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff community. Known for its dedicated staff, age appropriate project-based curriculum and support of families, the First Presbyterian Church Preschool continues its tradition of preparing young people for a lifetime of learning. Preparing young people for their educational journey is an aspect of the Preschool that will never change, even while the Preschool continues to update technology, equipment and the latest in teaching practices (About Our Faculty) .

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    The Preschool is proud of its fine reputation and we look forward to teaching young people for years to come. Here’s what others are saying about the Preschool:

    “Our son and daughter were a part of the Discovery/Expedition track and both “graduated” completely kindergarten ready.  I struggled with the timing of the afternoon class, so called the principal of the elementary school that we would be attending [to ask their opinion about preschools], and the principal’s response was that children who attended First Presbyterian Preschool are always kindergarten ready … My children came away from preschool with a LOVE of learning, look forward to going to school, made new friends, and absolutely cannot wait to start Kindergarten.  I’d recommend First Presbyterian Preschool to any new family that asks!”
    —Amy & Andy Wells

    “We are so thankful for the opportunity to have sent all three of our sons to First Presbyterian Preschool. The amazing teachers and staff were nurturing and creative in all of their well-planned lessons and units of study. My children were always learning and growing while having fun in the most age-appropriate way. They all left First Pres with a solid foundation and were beyond ready for Kindergarten.”

    —Erica Granado


    “I have been at the First Presbyterian Preschool for the last eight consecutive years. I have two children currently enrolled in the school. Three of my oldest children completed their preschool learning here and then went on to attend Lake Bluff Elementary School. They are beyond prepared for kindergarten, both emotionally and academically.

    “The environment at this school is so warm, welcoming, and inviting. And the staff — it’s easy to see how much they love both teaching and the students. They put much effort into making an interesting, fun, age-appropriate curriculum that changes every year. They also make each child feel special and welcome. My older children still love to visit the school and see their former preschool teachers. I love to see their faces light up when they see each other!

    “All of my children had such a positive introduction to school. This provided a great springboard for a lifelong love of learning — what a gift! My children are all curious and enthusiastic learners and I firmly believe this all stems from this preschool experience. I had a kindergarten teacher once tell me how easy it is to spot a child from this school. ‘They are the most prepared for kindergarten, both emotionally and academically. They are excited about school from the get-go. And they’re really considerate little people.’ What an endorsement!”

    —Annie Atzeff


    “Having my daughter born in London, England where children can be on school waiting lists for some time, I actually called to get on the First Presbyterian Church Preschool “waiting list” when she was just a few weeks old! I was clearly a little over-eager and did not need to sign her up for a few years yet. Nevertheless, before we even moved back to the north shore I was convinced that I wanted my daughter to attend this school. I came to witness the happiness and joy that comes from being here from my younger sister who attended the Preschool 20 years ago. To this day, we still giggle at my sister’s gorgeous Fitzgerald class photos and remark at how happy those children were & are. There is a certain happiness and joy from learning that my sister took away from the First Pres Preschool all those years ago; I too wanted that for my daughter. Today, Isabella bounces to and from school and is truly inspired by her teachers and the energy they offer. My philosophy is that preschool should be playful, inspiring and creative. In two short years, Isabella is already exuding that joy and inspiration.”

    —Jessica Daehler


    “We love First Presbyterian Church Preschool. The preschool is not only a preschool, but a family. We have had 3 of our 4 children go through the preschool; with my 4th child currently attending. My children have learned, socialized and thrived at this school. The teachers are fantastic! They are so nice, caring, affectionate, and highly experienced. I truly feel that the experience the children have received has set them up for a successful lifetime of learning. It has been a great experience for our children socially, academically, and emotionally. We have been blessed to have been part of such a wonderful family for so many years. When the time comes for our youngest child to graduate from preschool, we will miss all of the amazing teachers we have grown to know and love over the past seven years!

    —The Bock Family


     “We feel so fortunate to have had both our girls attend First Presbyterian Preschool.  Our family had such a positive experience in the 5 years combined that we spent at the school.  We feel the amazing teachers at the preschool have prepared them with the necessary skills so they are ahead of the game going into Kindergarten.”

    Lauren Hirsh