J.K. asks from Oak Park, IL on May 12, 2009
J.C. answers from Chicago on May 13, 2009
My son's (former, he's 8 now) licensed home daycare provider, who is amazing, has openings for that age if you are interested in a home daycare setting. Her name is Gaby Serratos, and I can't say enough great things about her. She lives near city hall on Taylor and she has openings because she's recently moved back to the area after moving out of state for a few years to be close to her parents.
Email me if you want more info - I don't have her contact information handy.
There are lots of great preschool options in Oak Park. I'm not sure from your post if you are looking for a full-day option? We think Pilgrim is wonderful, and priced very well, but their program is 4 half-days with no after-care.
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C.K. answers from Chicago on May 13, 2009
Hi! I grew up in Oak Park and lived on a block with three home day cares on S. East Ave. I would not hesitate to recommend my neighbor Gail Black. I have used her for 7 years with both of my children (7 and 3). She is wonderful with the children and is licensed. She does have hours that may not work for everyone, but she has been in business for over 25 years and has a background in early childhood education. (She started Winkie Bear Preschool but left to take care of her own children and started the home daycare.) If you want more information please feel free to email me directly.
As for preschools there are so many great ones to choose from! We went around and looked at several of the Montessori schools when my son was three and found that Ascension had a multi-age montessori based section. We chose this for several reasons, but I do not think that there are many 'bad' choices. You really have to go to them and talk to the people working there as well as other parents at the school to get a feel. In the end you may not know because your child may not feel the same. (Montessori was not a good fit for my son.)
Good luck, no choices are easy but getting as much information about them does help.
K.B. answers from Chicago on May 13, 2009
There's a new Spanish Montessori in Riverside. It's in a house. Most of the families are from Riverside, but there were a couple from south Oak Park. The school is small (no more than 11 students at a time). If you are interested, I can email you more information. She has children ages 2-5/6 and lots of options from part time to full time preschool. It's a cute little place.
P.D. answers from Chicago on May 13, 2009
Hi, I have a licensed home daycare in Oak Park. I currently have one opening. If you are interested in more details, please feel free to contact me.