Preschool Explorations

We are offering families extended day options for preschool students called Preschool Explorations.  It is an opportunity for students to experience more in depth investigations in high interest areas of play or the world around them and gives parents more flexibility around their schedules.

Explorations will be held in a separate room and extend the Reggio Emilia influences of art and nature.  Students will learn through play, have outdoor time (weather permitting), follow interests through art and nature, and have a time to rest before or after class. 

Regular hours are:   

Morning preschool (3 year olds) class is from 8:35 am to 11:20 am.
Afternoon preschool (4 year olds) class is 12:15 pm to 3:00 pm.

Explorations hours are:

8:30am - 12:15pm for afternoon students (class is 12:15pm - 3:00pm)
11:20am - 3:00pm for morning students (class is 8:35am - 11:20am)

Lunch Bunch and After Care is included in the cost of the program. 

1)  Explorations - 5 day option
8:30am - 12:15pm plus 3:00pm - 5:45pm for afternoon students
11:20am - 5:45pm for morning students

*$1625.00 per quarter ($6500.00 for the entire year)

2)  Explorations - 3 day option
Monday - Wednesday - Friday

*$1107.00 per quarter ($4550 per year)

3)  Explorations - 2 day option
Tuesday - Thursday

*$975.00 per quarter ($3900.00 per year)

*tuition is a separate cost

4)  Lunch Bunch and Aftercare without Explorations

Lunch Bunch is 10:30am - 12:15pm for afternoon students and 11:20am - 1:00pm for morning students.  Children bring a lunch and do an activity with the teachers.  Aftercare will be held in the preschool room for preschool students only between 3:00pm - 5:45pm.  It will be an open play time.  Both programs are $12/hour prorated.

There will be a quarterly registration for the Exploration programs or you can also sign-up for the year.  Separate Lunch Bunch and/or aftercare can be a drop-in option. 

This is an exciting time for preschool.  We welcome any comments or questions about the program!  Contact Lisa Kampwirth at for any questions.


admissions coffee

Please join us at an Admissions Coffee to learn more about NPES.
Thursday, September 27
Wednesday, October 17
Monday, November 12
Wednesday, December 12
Friday, January 11
Thursday, February 21
Wednesday, March 20

Click here to register.

preschool open play

Please join us in the Preschool classroom between 9 and 11 am.
Saturday, November 3
Saturday, December 11

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North Park Elementary School 2017 W Montrose Chicago, Illinois 60618
Phone: 773.327.3144      Fax: 773.327.0331