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Update 8/20/2020 - After careful consideration, New Horizons Preschool will now start the week of September 28. Orientation will be held the week of September 21. Safety is our number one priority, and this additional time will allow teachers to prepare their classrooms and attend training. We are excited to be back in the classroom!

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Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open!

The New Horizons program is designed to provide an opportunity for social and emotional growth as well as an entryway to a more formal school experience. The program is based on the philosophy that children learn more through play. This program provides opportunities for children of all abilities to participate in common activities, yet allows for success and mastery. This is paramount in the foundation of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Program highlights:

- Encouraged to think independently and be creative
- Learn conflict resolution techniques
- Use manipulative and sand/water tables for science and math skills to be practiced
- Learn to sort, match, and quantify
- Enjoy story time, music, finger plays, story writing, and dictation

For more information, contact Lori McDonald at 630-406-5282, lorim@bataviaparks.org or contact us.

What will the preschool day look like?

We expect the preschool experience to include the same kinds of activities our families want - lots of time to play and socialize, dance, fun projects, and lots of outside time whenever possible. We strongly believe that children learn through play, and we will continue to work to provide rich and engaging opportunities!


Will masks be required?

Masks are required any time social distancing cannot be maintained. Since we realize that social distancing with preschoolers is extra challenging, we will be wearing masks most of the day with the exception of snack time. Set your child up for success by practicing how to wear a mask ahead of time!


What will drop-off and pick-up be like?

Parents and caregivers will be asked NOT to enter the building. Park District staff will escort children out of vehicles as they pull up and bring children to their classrooms. At pick-up, we will escort children out to vehicles as they pull up. Parents will be responsible for opening car doors and buckling/unbuckling car seats. When a parent exits their vehicle, the car must be turned off, and a mask must be worn. We will provide a more detailed procedure on the drop-off route, how we'll identify vehicles, and any other expectations once classes are finalized. We will make every effort to keep the line moving. Please help us by making goodbyes as brief as possible and being patient.


What about separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety is very normal, and we recognize that our circumstances are unique and and might make this more challenging. Staff will be able to hold students' hands to walk them into the building but will not be able to carry them in. If your child is having a difficult time, we may ask that you move on and circle back into the line. We may also ask that you wait in the parking lot to ensure your child is able to adjust. If separation is challenging for your child, please be patient and know that we understand and will do everything we can to work with you.


Will the times for preschool be changing?

Our hope is to keep our start and end times the same, but we may need to adjust our schedule slightly (within about a 10-minute window) if we feel it is necessary to manage the flow of traffic. We will keep you posted on any changes when class lists are determined.


Will the preschoolers still use lockers?

Yes, each student will still have a locker to store their personal belongings while they are in class.


How will toys be kept clean?

We will strive to still provide a wide variety of toys for students to play with each day, but we will limit the amount and vary the options daily to keep it interesting. We won't use toys that can't be easily cleaned, such as plush or fabric. We'll be washing hands before and after center time play. As we play, we'll have specific places for dirty toys and ask the children to be detectives and help us in identifying what is used and needs to be cleaned. Toys will be disinfected daily and throughout the day as needed.


Will classes still get to spend time in different rooms for different parts of the day?

Yes, we will continue to rotate between classrooms to allow all children the chance to experience all parts of the preschool day and to keep us active and moving. We will wash and sanitize hands each time we transition. Classes will not overlap or share the same space together.


How will the playground time be handled?

We will be limiting the playground to one class at a time. We will wash our hands before and after playground play. We will disinfect high touch surfaces daily. The same guidelines will apply when we are in the gym instead of on the playground.


What about snack?

We know those little bodies work hard and get hungry, so we hope to continue to include snack as part of our day. children will have assigned days to provide snack, but all food distribution will be handled only by staff using appropriate safety guidelines. All snack items must be prepackaged. Children will be spaced to provide social distancing while eating.


What happens if a child shows symptoms of illness during the day?

If participants begin to show symptoms during preschool, staff will isolate the child and parents will be called for immediate pick-up. The participant cannot return to preschool until they have written clearance from a doctor. The participant must have no fever for 72 hours and 10 days have passed from the first symptom (unless cleared from the doctor).


What can parents do to help us get ready?

Find masks that are the most comfortable for your child and help them get used to wearing one. Practice hand washing at home. Focus NOT on what will be different or hard about preschool but on the parts that will be exciting, new and fun. Finally, make sure your child knows how very excited we are to welcome them soon!

Group photo of Preschool Teachers

Our amazing Head Teachers and Assistants

about the head teachers:
Deb Carlson
Education: B.A. from National College of Education, Deb has been a teacher at New Horzions Preschool since 2000 and has been teaching for a total of 23 years. Classes: 3's & 4's
Elizabeth Czekajlo
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Dayton, Substitute preschool teacher at Batavia Nursery School for three years. Worked in the special education department for the Wheaton School District. Classes: 3's
Kaylee Gallagher
Education: B.S. in Education from Illinois State University, Kaylee has been a teacher at New Horizons preschool since 1997 and has been teaching for more than 30 years. Classes: Young 3's and 3's
Laurie Musielak
Education: B.A. in Business Administration from North Central College, Laurie has been a teacher at New Horizons Preschool since 2007 and has worked as Assistant and Head Teacher. Classes: 4 day 4's, Pre-K
Heather Wnek
Education: B.A. in Elementary Education and M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction, both from North Central College, Heather was previously a substitute teacher for New Horizons and has been teaching for 11 years. Classes: 3's and 4 day 4's



Please call 630-406-5282 to inquire about class openings.

Parents must register their own children. Faxes, mail, and e-mails will not be accepted for New Horizons Preschool. A $20 non-refundable registration fee and the correct deposit is due to register. If a child drops out before or during the program and the spot is filled before the next month begins, it is possible to get a refund. Starting August 1, 2020 only a 50% refund will be given. If your child stays in the program, the deposit will be applied to any outstanding fees with the difference refunded at the end of the year.

Children must be potty trained, except for the "Young 3's" program.

Monthly Fees & Times

Monthly payments are due on the first day of the month, September through May. A $10 late fee will be assessed after the first of the month.

Age Day Time Fee Deposit
Age 3 by 1/1/21 W 9:15-11:15 am $105 $105
Age 3 by 9/1/20 Tu/Th 9:30-11:45 am $135 $135
Age 3 by 9/1/20 Tu/Th 12:30-2:45 pm $135 $135
Age 4 by 9/1/20 M/W/F 9:15-11:45 am $180 $180
Age 4 by 9/1/20 M/W/F 12:30-3:00 pm $180 $180
Age 4 by 9/1/20 M/Tu/Th/F 9:15-11:45 am $220 $220
Age 5 by 1/1/21 M/Tu/Th/F 12:30-3:15 pm $240 $240