"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
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?
If Pecatonica School District is closed, the preschool is closed. Please check local TV or radio for full day cancellations. 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?
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. In addition please ask your child about their day!
How do I know how my child is doing?
Please review (and proudly display!) the activities your child brings home to see their progress. 4-year old students will receive an individualized assessment, completed by the head teacher. Parents will be notified if there are any issues/concerns. You may speak with the teachers before or after classes when children aren't entering/exiting the classroom.
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 prohibit 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?
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).
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 childs experience.
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.
****Please see Pecationica Preschool Parent Handbook for complete details****