Class Information

  • Over the past five decades the leadership at First Presbyterian Preschool has continually sought to create learning environments that meet the needs of children based on their age and developmental stage. The four class options are optimized to keep student to teacher ratios lower than most area preschools while grouping our children with their closest-matched peers to produce fun, safe, and engaging classrooms. Our preschool has a program for everyone with classes starting as young as 2.5 years old through our unique Odyssey program design specifically for children who miss the kindergarten cut-off.

    The class information below is for our 2020-2021 school year; tuition and daily schedule is a reflection from the current year and is subject to change. You can view the different class pathways to Kindergarten here.

    To view monthly updated posts about the activities that are taking place in each class, please click here!

  • Explorer

    Explorer is designed for young twos who turn three by March 31, 2021. Exceptions are considered, so please contact the Director to discuss exceptions or special circumstances.

    • Age Group:
      2 - 3 years old
    • Student-Teacher Ratio:
      4:1
    • Sessions:
      Tuesday and Thursday,
      8:55 am - 11:30am
    • Tuition:
      $3,160 annually*

    *Option to pay tuition in full or 4 payments of $790.

    Daily Schedule

    8:55 AM: Arrival/Drop-off
    9:15 AM: Creative Activities/Play
    10:20 AM: Handwashing/Bathroom
    10:30 AM: Snack
    10:45 AM: Story, Music, Games
    11:00 AM: Outdoor Play
    11:30 AM: Dismissal from the playground

    Weekly Specials:

    • Tuesdays 10:30 – 10:45 AM: Faithbuilding (virtual)
    • Thursdays 10:30 – 10:45 AM: Music (virtual)
  • Discovery

    Discovery is designed for children who are three by September 1, 2020.

    • Age Group:
      3 years old
    • Student-Teacher Ratio:
      4:1
    • Sessions:
      Monday, Wednesday, Friday,
      8:55 - 11:30am
    • Tuition:
      $4,100 annually*

    *Option to pay tuition in full or 4 payments of $1,025.

    Daily Schedule

    8:55 AM: Arrival/Drop-off
    9:15 AM: Creative Activities/Play
    10:20 AM: Handwashing/Bathroom
    10:30 AM: Snack
    10:45 AM: Story, Music, Games
    11:00 AM: Outdoor Play
    11:30 AM: Dismissal from the playground

    Weekly Specials:

    • Mondays 10:30 – 10:45 AM: Faithbuilding (virtual)
    • Wednesdays 10:30 – 10:45 AM: Music (virtual)
  • Voyager

    Voyager is designed for children who are four by December 31, 2020.

    • Age Group:
      3 - 4 years old
    • Student-Teacher Ratio:
      6:1
    • Sessions:
      Monday through Thursday,
      8:45 - 11:30am
    • Optional Session:
      not offered this year
      Friday, 9:00 - 11:30am
    • Tuition (4 days):
      $5,140
    • Tuition (5 days): *subject to availability
      $6,140

    *Option to pay tuition in full or 4 payments .

    Daily Schedule (4-Day)

    8:45 AM: Arrival on the playground
    9:20 AM: Handwashing/Bathroom
    9:30 AM: Snack
    9:45 – 10:30 AM: Choice Time 1 (projects, language arts, free play)
    10:30 – 11:10 AM: Choice Time 2 (projects, math, free play)
    11:25 AM: Dismissal from the Preschool Side Door

    Weekly Specials:

    • Mondays 9:30 – 9:45 AM: Faithbuilding (virtual)
    • Wednesdays 9:30 – 9:50 AM: Music (virtual)
    • Every 3rd Wednesday 9:30 – 9:50 AM: Art Appreciation (virtual)
    Daily Schedule (5-Day)

    *subject to availability

    8:55 AM: Arrival on the playground
    9:20 AM: Handwashing/Bathroom
    9:30 AM: Snack
    9:45 – 10:30 AM: Choice Time (projects, language arts, free play)
    10:30 – 11:10 AM: Choice Time (projects, math, free play)
    11:25 AM: Dismissal from the Preschool Side Door

    Voyagers incorporate the use of the Satellite Program Monday – Thursday. To learn more about the Satellite Program, click here!

  • Odyssey

    Odyssey is designed for children who are five by December 31, 2020.

    This class is unique to FPP offering an enriching experience for those children who miss the fall kindergarten cut-off. Developed through years of research and class observation both at the preschool and kindergarten level, FPP created a curriculum to meet these children at their level, furthering their preschool experience and preparing them for the next step to kindergarten.

    • Age Group:
      5 years old
    • Student-Teacher Ratio:
      6:1
    • Sessions:
      Monday through Friday, 8:55 - 11:30am
    • Tuition:
      $6,140

    *Option to pay tuition in full or 4 payments.

    Daily Schedule

    8:55 AM: Arrival at the Chapel door
    9:10 AM: Bathroom/Backpack Drop-off
    9:20 AM: Playground
    9:50 AM: Snack
    10:00 – 10:40 AM: Choice Time (projects, language arts, free play)
    10:40 – 11:10 AM: Choice Time (projects, math, free play)
    11:30 AM: Dismissal from Chapel door

    Weekly Specials:

    • Tuesdays 9:30 – 9:45 AM: Faithbuilding (virtual)
    • Every 3rd Wednesday 10:00 – 10:20 AM: Art Appreciation (virtual)
    • Thursdays 9:30 – 9:45 AM: Music (virtual)

    Odyssey incorporates the use of the Satellite Program on Fridays. To learn more about the Satellite Program, click here!

  • Weekly Specials

    Students will attend these Virtual Zoom classes from their classrooms
    • Art Appreciation – Lindy Rubin has a Master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Chicago and makes art come alive to our children through engaging presentations that culminates in a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago for our older classes and their parents.
    • Music – Ami Crawford presents 30 minute weekly music exploration activities for each individual class. Ami introduces tone, timbre, rhythm and notation using songs, dances and instruments accompanied by guitar and voice. Great fun!
    • Faithbuilding – Every week each class has a 15 minute ecumenical presentation introducing children to God and prayer through age-appropriate stories, music and drama. Sarah Seccombe, First Pres Director of Children’s Faith Formation, teaches all of these sessions which happen in-classroom for Explorer and Discovery and in the sanctuary for the older classes, namely Voyager, and Odyssey. Due to the current safety guidelines, these are only taking place in the classroom this school year. 

     

  • Extended Day

    For more details on the different Enrichment Classes and to register, click here!
    Snack & Play and Enrichment are not in session at this time
    • We will offer Snack and Play every day, Monday through Friday, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM and we will provide the food, story and play time.
    • STEM/STEAM Enrichment programs will follow Snack and Play and will operate every day as well from 12:30 – 1:15 or 1:30 PM depending on your program.
    • The Enrichment classes will be divided into Trimesters with sessions beginning with Snack and Play and then transitioning to the Enrichment class.
      Trimester 1: September 11 – December 19
      Trimester 2: January 6 – March 20
      Trimester 3: March 30 – May 15
      Enrichment classes may change per trimester session.
    • For a schedule of this trimester’s Enrichment Classes and the Snack and Play menu, click here!

    Requirements:

    • These programs are available to our students who are 3 years old and older.
    • Your child must be fully potty trained, please no pull-ups.
    • Your child should be socially and emotionally ready to participate and enjoy Snack and Play and/or Enrichment activities. If you have any concerns, please reach out to discuss them.
    • If your child enters mid-semester we will prorate the amount for the program based on number of days attending.