Part Time Pre-K

Ready, Set, Go

About our 4 and 5-Year-Olds Part Time Pre-K in Chicago, IL

At Kiddie Academy®, We know that 4 and 5 year-olds are ready for the next challenge--and looking ahead to kindergarten. Our part time Pre-K program offers the guidance needed to help them become more independent and confident for that first day of elementary school.

  • Morning Circle and individual center play
  • Language arts, math, science, and creative arts
  • Playground on site and indoor play space for inclement weather
  • Snacks are served and included in tuition
  • Program Schedule:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Rolling admission for 4 and 5 year olds

  • Strict health and safety procedures will be followed

    While your 4-year-old is at our Academy, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that they’re in a healthy and safe environment thanks to Health Essentials, our enhanced health and cleaning initiative based on CDC guidelines to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

    If you're ready for more info, we'd love for you to come visit us

    Life Essentials®

    Preparing your 4 and 5-year-old for kindergarten and life

    Our Ready, Set, Go program is developed through our Life Essentials® curriculum to provide your 4 and 5-year-old with well-rounded learning experiences while receiving positive, nurturing care.

    Language Arts & Literacy

    Focus: Helping your child become a confident communicator.

    We make learning fun and engaging with books, poems, songs and stories – helping your child make connections between letters and words, words and sentences.

    4-Year-Old Activities

    • Reading aloud and discussing rhyming words.
    • Learning animal sounds by playing animal-sound bingo.
    • Learning weather words like “sunny” and “rainy” in English and Spanish.
    • Using a pencil to write out the name of a favorite zoo animal and drawing a picture of it.

    Learn On®

    Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

    • Read “The Cat in the Hat” and talk about rhyming words.
    • Play Animal-Sound Bingo to learn about the sounds different animals make.
    • Have your child write the name of a favorite animal then draw a picture of it.


    Focus: Recognizing relationships among numbers, numerals and quantities.

    We help your 4-year-old see how things relate to one another by helping them identify and describe attributes and patterns in objects. They start to understand the concept of addition as putting together or adding to, and subtraction as taking apart or taking away.

    4-Year-Old Activities

    • Playing interactive games on the Smart Table to identify number sequences.
    • Cutting numbers out of magazines, gluing them on poster paper to make a collage, then asking the children to talk about the numbers they found.
    • Spinning a spinner and saying the number it stops on, then counting out coins and blocks to create a set of that number.

    Learn On®

    Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

    • Help your child cut numbers out of a magazine, then make a collage and talk about the numbers they found.
    • Pick a number for your child, then have them count out coins or blocks to create a set of that number.


    Focus: Investigating and learning concepts about living things and the environment.

    With their teacher’s encouragement, your child will lead the way in learning about people, animals, plants, the Earth and outer space. Teachers also instruct your 4-year-old how to use the appropriate tools and technology in their investigations.

    4-Year-Old Activities

    • Using standard measuring tools to make slime from scratch.
    • Reading to learn about properties of liquids and solids, then having fun melting ice in various ways.
    • Experimenting to see what objects are magnetic and non-magnetic.

    Learn On®

    Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

    • Help your child make homemade slime, using standard measuring tools.
    • Read “Sid the Kid: Why Did My Ice Pop Melt?” to learn about properties of liquids and solids.
    • Read “What Makes a Magnet?” then experiment to see what objects are magnetic and non-magnetic.

    Social & Emotional Development

    Focus: Discovering what’s unique about themselves and others.

    We empower your 4-year-old to begin forming friendships and identifying feelings.

    4-Year-Old Activities

    • Working with classmates to put on a puppet show in the Dramatic Play center.
    • Reading and talking about how friendships are made.

    Learn On®

    Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

    • Read “Will It Be a Baby Brother?” to learn about the arrival of a baby.
    • Work with your child to put on a puppet show for family and friends.
    • Read “The Rainbow Fish” and discuss how friendships are made.

    Gross & Fine Motor Development

    Focus: Gaining strength, control and coordination as your child’s muscles grow and develop.

    We provide your 4-year-old with fun ways to build muscle control, with indoor activities designed to increase fine motor development and outdoor activities focused on movement and balance.

    4-Year-Old Activities

    • Practicing balance, control and coordination while playing with a giant parachute as a class.
    • Performing fine motor tasks
    • Playing shadow tag and ring toss on the playground.

    Learn On®

    Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

    • Play with a flashlight, turning it on and off and taking it apart to see how the parts work together.
    • Play Ring Toss to help develop coordination.
    • Play outside so that your child can run, jump and climb.

    Health Essentials

    Focus: Keeping your 4-year-old healthy and safe.

    Health Essentials is a set of CDC-based standard operating procedures that can help mitigate the spread of potential infection throughout our Academy. Health Essentials is a key part of our overall COVID-19 response, expanding upon existing disinfection and health protocols that offer parents and staff peace of mind and demonstrates our commitment to creating a healthy and safe environment for learning and working.

    Health Essentials guidelines are focused on four principles designed to cover various preventative, protective and corrective measures that address COVID-19:

    1. Wellness Education

    The solution starts with an understanding.

    • Children learn how following proper hygienic practices can keep them healthy
    • Academy staff receives training and must abide by enhanced health and safety practices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    2. Enhanced Hygiene

    Soap and water is the best solution.

    • Soap and water offer the simplest solution to combat infection
    • Staff increase handwashing frequency
    • All children must wash their hands upon entering their room at the start of each day and all recommended times thereafter in addition to following standard Academy handwashing procedures

    3. Healthy Environment

    A clean facility keeps families safe.

    Academies adhere to advanced cleaning procedures:

    • Nightly cleaning
    • Daily laundering of soft items and bedding
    • Limiting items brought into the Academy

    4. Symptom Monitoring

    Keeping a watchful eye

    • Temperature monitoring at the Academy entrance.
    • Track symptoms using AcademyLink®
    • Isolate symptomatic children from others immediately upon observation
    • Contact parents for pickup from the Academy
    • Daily health check is completed upon arrival

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    How Life Essentials is different

    Questions? Answers.

    Explore some of the most frequently asked questions from parents of 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds.

    Q. What is Kiddie Academy doing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
    A. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kiddie Academy already followed strict practices for health and cleaning that met or exceeded state and local standards. Since the coronavirus outbreak, we have implemented Health Essentials, a set of enhanced protocols based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing, disinfection, wellness education and symptom monitoring. The goal of Health Essentials is to uphold the highest level of health precautions and cleanliness for proper child care delivery.
    Q. Do I need to pack a lunch?
    A. No. We provide an assortment of healthy, age-appropriate meals and snacks for the children to eat each day.
    Q. What policies are Academies required to have in place to address safety?
    A. Our facilities and outdoor play areas are required to have secure entries and exits that are maintained by an electronic entry system. Only individuals authorized by you are allowed to pick up your child from the Academy. All employees are required to have undergone background checks prior to employment.
    Q. What are teacher qualifications?
    A. All Kiddie Academy teachers must meet or exceed the state requirements for child care providers and are required to receive ongoing professional training annually. We also require background checks through local, county, state and/or federal agencies prior to employment.
    Q. What is your discipline policy?
    A. We do not use physical or verbal punishment under any circumstances. We use positive guidance and re-direction to acknowledge children’s feelings and emotions and provide them with social scripts, problem-solving techniques, self-calming activities and choices and activities geared toward their interests.
    Q. Do you have parent-teacher conferences?
    A. Yes. We schedule family/teacher conferences each year to discuss your child’s progress, but you can request a conference with the Director at any time.
    Q. How do you get my child ready for kindergarten?
    A. By use of our pre-kindergarten standards-based curriculum, Life Essentials®, children will be well prepared as they enter kindergarten. We have a commitment to the development of the whole child by concentrating on the development of social and emotional skills setting them up for success in school. Our curriculum encourages children to explore and discover, making learning a fun and rewarding experience that nurtures a lifelong love of learning.
    Q. How do you use technology in learning?
    A. Kiddie Academy teachers use technology as learning tools and a means of communication. We feel it’s important to teach children how to use devices they will encounter in school, so they are given opportunities to use them for educational play and research. The use of televisions or computers for passive viewing is not part of Kiddie Academy’s curriculum.
    Q. Does you have cameras in the classroom?
    A. Many, but not all, Kiddie Academy locations have classroom cameras that parents can access via mobile or desktop apps. For the most accurate information on classroom cameras, contact your Academy directly to learn about camera availability and policies.
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