April 4, 2024 at 11:05am

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Elena Ferrarin

Article by Elena Ferrarin

Communications Coordinator
Northbrook Park District


If you have little ones, don’t miss the chance to find out all about the early childhood and preschool programs offered by the Northbrook Park District at our annual Early Childhood Fun Fair on April 6.

The Early Childhood Fun Fair is designed to give children, parents and caregivers an informative look at our preschool, enrichment and early childhood programs for children up to 5 years old. Entertainment, raffles and early childhood activities will be offered throughout the event.

Families will have the chance to experience the Leisure Center’s educational environment by exploring the facility, including its classrooms and play areas, and meet our dedicated team of teachers and staff members. Staff will engage children in age-appropriate games and activities, so the adults have a chance to learn about which program offerings might best suit their child.

The park district provides a wide range of programs for children ages 5 and under, including art, nature, tumbling, dance, theatre, cooking, STEM and sports classes, all with a goal of fostering social and emotional growth.

“We are so excited to showcase our preschool and early childhood program offerings for the community at our Early Childhood Fun Fair. Whether your child is new to our programs, currently enrolled or thinking of returning, this is a great opportunity to learn about what is new and upcoming at the park district,” said Northbrook Park District Superintendent of Arts and Recreation Erin Sweet.

Early childhood classes starting in June and July include “I Can Play Two,” for 2-year-olds to develop social skills while engaged in playful activities, and “Kindermusik Foundations” for ages 0 to 6, so children and grownups can enjoy singing, dancing and bonding.

Preschool enrollment is currently open for Sunshine Preschool, the popular park district preschool program for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds. Sunshine Preschool offers a warm, individualized approach to learning in a small classroom, with experienced teachers who lead young learners in a curriculum that combines play-based learning with structured activities.

Parent Katie Voss praised Sunshine Preschool’s community feel, along with its capable, loving teachers and creative curriculum. Both her children Elton, now in 2nd grade, and Colbie, currently in preschool, have loved Sunshine Preschool, which she’s recommended to friends and neighbors.

“I never had an issue with them coming to school. They always had a great time, and it was a great experience for them,” she said. “I was super happy with that.”

The Early Childhood Fun Fair takes place 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Avenue in Northbrook. The event is free, no registration required. For more information, call 847-291-2995.