"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela

What age does my child need to be to attend preschool?


   3-year-old classes - must be 3 by September 1

   4-year-old classes - must be 4 by September 1

   You may pre-register your newborn to 2 year old child(ren) to ensure they have a spot when they turn 3.


How do I enroll my child for Pecatonica Preschool?


    Use the attached form.  Instructions for returning it are in the bottom section of the form.  Information on registration is also             available from Emily Heindel Behnke at 815-541-2879 or heindel8@gmail.com  



Does my child have to be potty trained?


   Yes, we are DCFS licensed and it is a requirement that children attending be fully toilet trained.  


My child turns 3 during the school year, can I enroll them after their birthday?


    This is a very common question that has been discussed at length during board meetings.  Pecatonica Preschool will continue to           follow  the public school date of September 1.  If a child turns 3 mid-school year they could be in class with other children over 12           months  older leading to a large range of maturity levels.  In fairness to the children and families we want to ensure that the teachers     attention  is distributed evenly across the students.


Does my child need a physical and/or vaccinations?


   Yes. Exam must be dated no more than 6 months prior to the start of school and include TB Montoux test and a lead assessment. All        vaccinations must be current including the Chicken Pox vaccination (Varicella).


Where are classes held?


   United Methodist Church - 528 Washington Street, Pecatonica. The preschool meets in the church but is not affiliated with, or                  supported by, area churches or schools.


What are the class hours of operations?


   3-year old Tues. & Fri. 8:30am - 10:30am. or 11:30am - 1:30pm

   4-year old Mon., Wed. & Thurs. 8:30am - 11:00am or 12:00pm - 2:30pm


    **** Offering AM and PM classes is dependent upon the number of students applying. AM classess will be filled prior to offering PM       classes. ****


What does my child need to bring to class each day?


   Please send a backpack and change of clothes with your child each day.


In case of bad weather, how will I know if the preschool is closed?

   Before your child starts school, you will have the option to download the Remind app and join our school's discussions. We will send a message right to your phone. If you choose not participate in the Remind app, you can check local TV or radio for full day cancellations. If Pecatonica School District is closed, the preschool is closed. The preschool does not participate in early dismissals. There are no make-up days.


How much is tuition and fees? When are they due?


   Registration Fee: $50 is due at time of enrollment. It is non-refundable and non-transferable.

   Tuition: 3-year olds are $90/month and 4-year olds are $120/month. First payment is due at Orientation with remaining payments                due the 15th of each month.(September - April). 

   Snack Fee: One-time fee of $35 for 3-year olds and $45 for 4-year olds due at Orientation.


Pecatonica Preschool is a non-profit organization. All fees support the operation of the school in enhancing your child's preschool experience.


How do I notify the school of address, etc. changes?


   Please send a note with your child if your address, phone number, pick-up list, or emergency contact information changes. This helps keep our records current and provides us with important information in case of an emergency.


How do I find out what my child is doing?

   We always want to keep you in the loop when it comes to your child. A newsletter is sent home monthly. It includes a list of upcoming activities and other relevant information. By providing your e-mail address on the registration form, you will receive reminders for upcoming events and important dates. using the Remind app, we keep you connected to classroom too. We post information about what the children have been learning, pictures, and volunteer opportunities. In addition, the teachers will post daily updates on a board during pick-up, so you can ask your child about their day!

Can I bring in treats for my child's birthday?


   Yes. To assist the teachers with planning, please notify them at least 1 week in advance. Department of Health guidelines prohibits homemade treats.


Can my child distribute party invitations?


   Yes. They can be distributed before or after class but only if all students are included.


How can I get involved?


  • Board of Directors - We are governed by a Board of Directors made up of parents and interested persons. Attendance and                              participation at board meetings is a great way to be involved with your child's experience. With the help from parents and volunteers each year, Pecatonica Preschool is able to put on fun events for it's families.

  • Fundraisers - Pecatonica Preschool is a non-profit organization. Fundraisers are a major part of our budget. Your participation helps

         us keep our tuition rates down while offering a great program for your child(ren).

  • Classroom Participation - Parents may be invited into the classroom on special occasions (parties, holidays, etc.). Parents may also be asked to sign up to contribute for parties (e.g. plates, napkins, etc.). If you have an idea, special talent, or some extra time to give, your participation will be welcomed. (Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents MAY not be allowed into the classroom)


****Please see Pecationica Preschool Parent Handbook for complete details****