How long has the preschool been open?
New Creations Preschool was opened as a ministry of Epworth United Methodist Church in September of 1982. In 2012 we will be celebrating our 30th year anniversary. Read more about our history.

What are the school’s licensing accreditations?
New Creations Preschool is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

What are the requirements to attend?
Our preschool program is for children 3-5 years old. The child must be potty trained prior to the first day of class. Parents are required to complete an enrollment form, which will give us proper documentation and contact information.

Can I bring my child in for a pre-enrollment visit?
We encourage you to schedule a tour to check out the facility and meet the teachers. This will help both you and your child to feel comfortable that you are joining the best possible preschool and get a feel for the environment. 

What is your holiday schedule?
We follow the same holiday schedule as the local school district, U-46. (We do not, however, close the school for U-46 teacher institute days.)

What is the cost of tuition? Do you offer any discounts?
See current New Creations Preschool tuition rates here. Tuition paid in advance by semester or annually receives a 5% discount. Members of Epworth United Methodist Church receive a 5% discount.

How do you communicate with parents?
We send out a weekly newsletter to keep parents aware of what is happening in the classroom. We encourage parents to call or email with any questions or concerns at any time. From time to time I will also send out emails to everyone with important announcements or information.

What is the school’s licensed capacity?
We are licensed for a capacity of 40 children. Typical class sizes in any given year are between 10 and 18 students.

What is the teacher-child ratio?
We have two full time teachers and one assistant teacher. Two teachers are always present during the school day (one teacher and one assistant). Our required teacher-child ratio is 1 to 10. Read more about our teachers.

What security measures are taken to ensure my child is safe?
Your child’s safety is our number one priority. Doors are locked as soon as everyone has arrived. All children must be dropped off and picked up in the classroom. Every child must be signed in and out. Only those designated to pick up children will be allowed to pick them up.

How do you screen staff?
All staff and substitute teachers are required to complete a full background check, including fingerprinting and a fulfillment of all DCFS requirements.

What is your teaching philosophy?
We are a developmentally based program, as we know that all children learn at their own pace. Through our program, your child will have the opportunity to participate in learning activities based on free choice, each stimulating and exploratory, focused on developing your child socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. We also incorporate a Letter of the Week into our teaching to help your child understand letter concepts and sounds so they can enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. We offer optional homework so you may work with your child after school if you wish. In everything we do, we strive to make learning fun for your child. Read more about the New Creations Preschool curriculum.

How is the preschool room set up?
The room is organized by designated play and learning areas, with inviting spots for every free choice time activity your child could desire, including block play, dramatic play, reading, writing, math manipulative (hands on learning with counting, sorting, and puzzles), an art space, a media table, and more.

May I visit my child?
We have an open door policy, so you are always welcome to drop by at any time during class. If you wish to observe without being present in the room, we can give you access to the adjacent room (the locked director’s office), where we can turn on a live-feed camera at the parent’s request.

Will my children go outside every day?
We have an enclosed playground that gives your child the opportunity to exercise and develop large motor skills every day, weather permitting, including climbing, running, and riding tricycles and scooters. If the weather is inclement, we have large motor playtime in the Community Room, a large open room of the church.

Do you have field trips?
We offer two field trips per year to nearby locations, such as Lord’s Park and the Randall Oaks Petting Zoo, one in the fall and one in the spring. For the field trips, to keep transportation safe and convenient, we have parents drop off and pick up the child at the field trip location.