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Early Childhood

Our early childhood programs are designed to provide parents with a variety of activities for their preschoolers during the day. Parents have the flexibility to choose one or all three programs to design a program that works best for them. Bring your lunch and stay all day in a supervised environment!  Staff provide safe transitions, escorting students from one class to the next. Please select see our current Program Guide for more information.

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Art Smart Kids

Ages 3 – 5
The Art Smart Kids Program provides supervised art-focused recreational activities for children who do not attend kindergarten. Art Smart Kids will develop your child’s creativity, imagination and self-expression through activities in music, movement, creative dramatics, storytelling, crafts, and two & three dimensional art. Like Busy Bees, Art Smart Kids allows your child to learn in a fun, safe environment, however, Art Smart Kids focuses on preparing your child’s creativity and artistic awareness before they begin Kindergarten. Art Smart Kids will provide opportunities for participants to develop their creativity, imagination and self-expression, as well as to grow socially and emotionally.

School Year
September – May, 9:00 – 11:30a
Fees (R|NR):
M/W -$81|$121.50  per month
F -$45|$67.50 per month
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Summer
June – August, 9:00 – 11:30a
Fees(R|NR):
M/W -$75|$112.50 per session
Tu/Th -$75|$112.50 per session
F -$40|$60 per session
Register Here!

Downloads:
Art Smart Kids Parent Handbook 2016
Art Smart Kids Parent Info & Forms 2016

Art Smart for the Older Generation

1st-3rd graders
Once your child has started to school, they may enroll in this program, geared towards students enrolled in Kindergarten through fourth grade. Like Art Smart Kids, Art Smart for the Older Generation continues to develop your child’s creativity, imagination and self expression through more challenging activities. Painting, drawing, printmaking, crafts, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, design and art history are some of the activities your child will have to look forward to.

School Year
September – May, 10:00 – 11:30a
Fees (R|NR):
Saturday -$63|$94.50 per month

Summer
June – August, 1:00 – 3:00p
Fees(R|NR):
Tu/Th -$75|$112.50 per session
Register Here!

Downloads:
Art Smart Kids Parent Handbook 2016
Art Smart Kids Parent Info & Forms 2016

Mommy’s Time Out

Ages 2-3
Your toddler will enjoy the world of art while mommy can enjoy some time out. Creative painting, simple arts and crafts, music movement, storytelling, dramatic play, and much more will be explored.

Wu/Th, 9:00 – 11:30a
Fees (R|NR):
$81|$121.50 per session

Home School Art Smart Kids

K-4th graders
This class is similar to Art Smart for the Older Generation. Students work in two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, and crafts.

Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00pm
Fees (R|NR):
$63|$94.50 per session

Busy Bees Preschool

Ages 3-5
The Busy Bees Preschool program is a kindergarten readiness program. Busy Bees provides a simulating and secure environment in which your child can grow socially, intellectually and emotionally. The children have opportunities in large and small groups for music, outdoor play, creative play, math and reading readiness activities, organized games, arts and crafts activities, and stories. Busy Bees allows your child to learn in an enriched setting; however Busy Bees focuses on preparing your child intellectually for Kindergarten. Short units are planned and taught by experienced and caring teachers with child development credentials. The program is designed for children age 3-5 years.

September – May
Fees (R|NR):
Age 3
M/W, 8:30-11:15a
$67|$100.50  per month

Ages 4-5
Tu/Th/F, 8:30-11:15a
$90|$135 per month

Tu/Th/F, 12:30-3:15p
$90|$135 per month

Tu/Th/F, 3:15-5:30p
$60|$90 per month
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Downloads:
Busy Bees/Creative Play Time Parent Handbook
Busy Bees Parent Info & Forms

Busy Bees 5-Day Preschool

Ages 4 1/2 – 6
Music, stories, games, creative play, arts, crafts, outdoor play, and math and reading readiness activities are provided by caring and experienced teachers. Children ages 4½ to 6 years old missing the kindergarten cut-off date for elementary school or having had two years of preschool may enroll.

September – May
M-F, 8:30-11:30a
Fees (R|NR): $157|$325.50 per month
Register Here!
Downloads:
Busy Bees/Creative Play Time Parent Handbook
Busy Bees Parent Info & Forms

Creative Play Time

Ages 3-5
This program gives children an opportunity to enjoy more relaxed preschool activities such as crafts, music and recreation. This program is an excellent complement to both Art Smart Kids and Busy Bees. It provides time for the children to enjoy themselves after working hard reading, painting and acting in the morning. If children attend this program directly after attending our morning preschool program, we will provide supervision while the children eat their sack lunches.

September – May
Fees (R|NR):
M/W, 11:30a-3:15p
$67|$100.50  per month

Tu/Th/F, 11:30a-3:15p
$90|$135 per month

M-F, 11:30a-3:15p
$157|$235.50 per month

M/W, 3:15-5:30p
$35|$52.50 per month

Tu/Th/F, 3:15-5:30p
$60|$90 per month

M-F, 3:15-5:30p
$93|$139.50 per month
Register Here!

Download:
Busy Bees/Creative Play Time Parent Handbook
Creative Play Time Info & Forms

Summer Preschool Information

These classes are only held during the summer …see our Program guide for more details.

Download/View: Summer Preschool Parent Info and Forms

Friday Funsters

Friday Funsters is a preschool camp held on Fridays for eight weeks. Themes include “Out on the Farm,” “Water Day,” and “A Hiking We Will Go!” The camp includes indoor & outdoor activities, storytelling, arts and crafts, music and movement, and snacks. Drive-up drop off will be provided.
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Swingsetters

Ages 3-5
Preschoolers can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, music, arts, crafts, storytime, field trips, and snacks (children will take turns bringing snacks). Parents may choose both sessions. Different activities will be provided on a daily basis.
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Extended Swingsetters

Ages 3-5
Extend your Swingsetters day with more fun indoor and outdoor activities. Parents, please send a sack lunch with your child.
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Extended Preschool Camp

Ages 3-5
Preschoolers will continue to enjoy indoor & outdoor activities, arts, crafts and storytime (children will take turns bringing snacks). Parents may choose both sessions; each day a different activity will be provided. You may send a sack lunch with your child to extend the day.
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Other Preschool Classes

See our Program Guide for more info on these (and other) preschool programs.

Shake & Make & Create – Ages 2-4 with parent
ABC’s & 123’s – Ages 2-4. Parents may participate with their child
Wiggle, Giggle, Climb & Play – Ages 2-3 with parent
How Does Your Garden Grow? – Ages 3-5 with parent
Under the Sea with Me – Ages 3-5 with parent
Buzzy Bees – Ages 3-5 with parent
Creative Art Birthday Parties – Preschool – 4th Grade

SCC Birthday parties

 

Questions: Call Melanie Kahler – Cultural Arts Manager at 819-3919 or melanie.kahler@champaignparks.com

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