The human brain develops most between birth to age five, making the preschool years a crucial part of a child's education. Our Early Learning Academy focuses on nurturing your child's development by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance.
We use Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment Tool in both our child care and preschool, giving parents the option for full day, full year care OR half day preschool. Our curriculum is research based and focuses on science, social studies and “first hand” experiences as a segue to learning. Children develop confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills necessary for Kindergarten.
We offer a full day / full year licensed program for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos where our highly trained and qualified teachers provide individualized care, create environments that support and encourage exploration, ensure children's health and safety and develop partnerships with families. Click here for rates and more information about our program.
We offer full day or half day licensed programs for children ages three to five years. Our preschool program offers quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. In addition, your child will develop skills to build character values, self-esteem, friendships, and kindergarten readiness skills. Click here for rates and more information about our program. Click for our Preschool Handbook and Enrollment Forms.
Early Learning Academy News
- Early Learning Academy Preschool Open House and Ice Cream Social - Tuesday, August 12
Meet your child’s teacher, interact with classmates and families, and tour our facility. Usborne Books will be on hand for an Early Learning Academy Book Fair.
5-6 PM – T/TH Explorers; M/W/F Investigators
6:30-7:30 PM – M/W/F Discoverers
- Fall Preschool Registration
Only a few spots left! Call (630-552-4100 x250) or stop in today to register!
- Illinois Strengthening Families Parent Café Series
Sept. 3 · Oct. 1 · Nov. 5 | 5:30-7:30pm | Free
The Parent Café is a free, three-part series that will give parents a chance to share information and ideas to help raise strong children and strengthen families. Free dinner and childcare will be provided by the Early Learning Academy. Registration is required and participants are required to attend all three sessions. For more information call Parent Café Facilitator Mayra Juarez (630-264-1444) or Early Learning Academy Director Dana Lowe (630-552-4100 ext. 230). To register for this free event, call or stop by our Early Learning Academy.
early learning academy summer camps
Ages 3-5 | $65M/$85NM | Central
Set your child off on an adventure in learning and exploring in the context of “first hand experiences.” The YMCA takes pride in offering program options conducted by experienced, degreed teachers who make learning fun.
Spanish Immersion | June 9 - August 15 | M-F | 12:30-3pm
This new offering will be taught entirely in Spanish, using games, crafts, dancing, music, stories, songs and more. We explore various themes designed to build a large vocabulary base, while constantly exposing your child to essential elements of conversational Spanish. Children do not need to know any Spanish to take this class. This class is offered on a weekly basis.
Dinosaur Mania | June 9-13 | 9am-12pm
Practice classification, measuring, sorting, and language development with words like “Herbivore.” This camp will take field trip to Raintree Dinosaur Park in Yorkville.
Zoo Animals | June 16-20 | 9am-12pm
This camp will kick off with a field trip to Phillips Park Zoo where children can gain knowledge and understanding of animals that live in the Midwest.
Cooking | June 23-27 | 9am-12pm
This camp offers children opportunities to experiment with food, be creative, prepare nutritional snacks, and learn how it contributes to their health and well-being.
Sand and Water | July 7-11 | 9am-12pm
Sand and water can increase cognitive develop through scientific exploration, cause and effect, observation, classification, comparison, measurement, and much more! A field trip to a local sprinkler park will end this week’s camp.
Kindergarten Readiness | July 14 - August 15 | 9am-12pm
Combat summer learning loss! This camp will enhance the retention of important educational concepts and daily routines often lost in the summer months by focusing on reading, writing, and mathematical concepts. Camp will be offered on a weekly basis.
For School Age Care, please click here.
For Summer Day Camp, please click here.
For Drop-In Care (Kids Zone), please click here.