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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.

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
Online registration not available for this program.

Downloads:
Art Smart Kids Parent Handbook 2019
Art Smart Kids Parent Info & Forms 2019

Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

 

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. 

September – May
Fees (R|NR):
Age 3
M/W, 8:30-11:15a
$68|$102  per month

Ages 4-5
Tu/Th/F, 8:30-11:15a
$92|$138 per month

Tu/Th/F, 12:30-3:15p
$92|$138 per month
Online registration not available for this program.

Downloads:
Busy Bees/Creative Play Time Parent Handbook 2019
Busy Bees/Creative Play Time Parent Info & Forms 2019

Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

Busy Bees 5-Day Preschool

Ages 4½ – 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): $160|$240 per month
Online registration not available for this program.

Downloads:
Busy Bees/Creative Play Time Parent Handbook 2019
Busy Bees/Creative Play Time Parent Info & Forms 2019

Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

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
$68|$102  per month

Tu/Th/F, 11:30a-3:15p
$92|$138 per month

M-F, 11:30a-3:15p
$160|$210 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
Online registration not available for this program.

Download:
Busy Bees/Creative Play Time Parent Handbook 2019
Busy Bees/Creative Play Time Parent Info & Forms 2019

Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

Shake & Make & Create

Ages 2-4 with parent
Join the fun with glue, paint, pasta, sponges, foam, pudding, beads, and more. Your child will paint at easels, play with play dough, gravel, sand, shaving cream, and have lots of fun! Get as messy as you want! Gather together for story time at the end of class. Parents may participate with their child.
Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

Wiggle, Giggle, Climb, & Play

Ages 2-4 with parent
Wiggle, Giggle, Climb & Play is a physical activity class for fun and learning. Creative movement, basic ball skills, musical games, and combination parent-tot exercises will be included. A variety of equipment will be available for parent-tot play after the organized activities in the preschool playscape.
Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

ABCs and 123s

Ages 2-4
It’s preschool 101! Each week, the class will focus on a specific theme such as safety, exercise, science, manners, the alphabet, numbers, and colors. The classes will center on small and large motor skills, sensory experiences, and socialization skills. Kids will have so much fun, they won’t even know they are learning! Parents may participate with their child.

Friday Funsters

Ages 3-5 (must be 3 yrs by April 1, 2019)
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.

Other Preschool Classes

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

Summer 2019
How Does Your Garden Grow? – Ages 3-5 with parent | Wednesday, June 12
Under The Sea with Me – Ages 3-5 with parent | Wednesday, July 10
Buzzy Bees – Ages 3-5 with parent | Wednesday, July 24

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

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