• Prospective Families - Preschool

    If you live in Forest Park and your child is between 3 and five years of age, they may attend the preschool program in Forest Park School District 91.

    When: Forest Park Preschool is a 5-day program during the regular school year.  There is a morning session (8:15 - 11:00 am) or afternoon session (12:00 - 2:45 pm).

    Where: All Forest Park Preschool students attend class at Garfield School (543 Hannah Avenue) from Tuesday through Friday.  On Mondays, students attend a program run by the West Cook YMCA at the St. John's Lutheran Church/School at 305 Circle Avenue.

    Cost: $100 per year paid at the time of registration.

    How to Enroll

    • Starting in March, call Garfield School at 708-366-6945 to schedule a screening appointment.
    • Screening appointments are typically an hour and are held in April and May.
    • The student and a parent/guardian must be present at the appointment.
    • Your child will spend time with the Forest Park Preschool staff while you complete the registration process.
    • Birth certificate for the child and proof of residency is required. Appropriate Documentation to Enroll 
    • Bring cash or check to pay the $100 materials fee.
    • In June, you will be informed of your child's session (AM/PM) and a welcome packet will be sent to you.  (Preferences for AM or PM session are taken into account, but are not always able to be accommodated.)
    • Your child will need a physical with documentation from your doctor by no later than October.

    Preschool Snapshot

    • Class sizes vary from 10-15
    • 1 teacher, 2 assistants
    • Utilize Creative Curriculum materials and unit plans
    • Play-based format
    • Students independently transition from center to center
    • Student bring a healthy snack
    • Students with and without IEPs are  in the classroom
    • Occupational Therapist, Social Worker or Speech Therapist may push in to the classroom for centers
    • Check out the video A Day in the Life of a Preschooler
    • Check out our calendar for "Family" night for prospective families to visit the school and speak with the staff