Early Childhood

Early Childhood Programs

The Wheaton Park District offers a variety of Early Childhood programming to suit every child and family’s needs.

Wide Horizons Preschool

About Us

The Wide Horizons Preschool Program began in the 1970s and has continued to grow ever since. Serving over 130 families each school year, our preschool program is a staple in the Wheaton community. Let your little one learn, grow, and have fun at the Wide Horizons Preschool Program!

A Day at Preschool

Our preschool program aims to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment that gives children the opportunity to explore and develop their cognitive, emotional, physical and social skills through learning and play. A typical day includes structured lesson plans, circle time, free play, language arts, music & movement, arts & crafts, science, and snack time. Special event days, field trips and holiday parties add to the fun each school year!

Our Staff

Our caring and enthusiastic preschool staff have experience and coursework in child development or early childhood education. The preschool instructors are committed to providing your child with the most positive and enjoyable learning experience possible!


Wide Horizons offers two great locations! The Community Center (1777 S. Blanchard) houses 3 bright, spacious preschool classrooms with access to an outdoor play yard and indoor gymnasium. The Rathje Park House (616 Delles), once a farmhouse converted to an early childhood facility, is a private and secure building surrounded by a beautiful playground and park. Rathje’s quaint environment is sure to make any preschooler feel right at home!

Field Trips & Special Events

Learning outside of the classroom is just as important as learning inside of the classroom! Local field trips, special events and special visitors provide children with exciting, hands-on learning experiences to further their developmental growth.

Contact Us

Questions? Interested in scheduling a tour? Email preschool@wheatonparks.org or call 630-690-4880.

Wide Horizons 2018/2019

Registration is for the complete school year (August-May). A nonrefundable enrollment fee is due at the time of registration. Payments may be divided into 9 equal payments with the first payment due in August and final payment due in April. Refunds for Wide Horizons Preschool are only issued if requested by August 1st of the upcoming school year minus the non-refundable enrollment fee.

Age Requirements

Children must be born on or before:

  • September 1- December 31, 2015: Old Two’s program*
  • September 1, 2015: Three Year Old program
  • September 1, 2014: Four Year Old program

*Old Two’s may wear diapers or pull-ups, but they will not be changed by instructors.

Important Dates

August 27 – First day of School – All M/W/F and M-Th classes
August 28 – First day of School – All Tu/Th classes


There is a nonrefundable $50 enrollment fee. Registration must be done in person at the Community Center. Online registration is not available.

WIDE HORIZONS – OLD TWO’S | Ages 2 to 3 yrs
Activity# Dates* Times Days Location† Fees
507253-01 Aug 28-May 16 9:30-11:30A Tu, Th CC $952/$1190
WIDE HORIZONS – 3’s | Ages 3 to under 4 years
Activity# Dates* Times Days Location† Fees
507253-02 Aug 28-May 16 9:30-11:30A Tu, Th RH $952/$1190
507253-03 Aug 28-May 16 9:30-11:30A Tu, Th CC $952/$1190
507253-04 Aug 27-May 17 9:30-11:30A M, W, F CC $1428/$1785
507253-09 Aug 27-May 17 12:30-2:30P Tu, Th CC $952/$1190
WIDE HORIZONS – 4’s & 5’s | Ages 4 to under 6 years
Activity# Dates* Times Days Location† Fees
507253-05 Aug 27-May 17 12:30-3P M, W, F CC $1785/$2322
507253-06 Aug 27-May 17 9:30A-12P M, W, F RH $1785/$2322
507253-07 Aug 27-May 17 9:30A-12P M, W, F CC $1785/$2322
507253-08 Aug 27-May 17 9:30A-12P M-Th CC $2380/$2975

Location Key: CC = Community Center | RH = Rathje Park House

*Dates listed run from Aug-May of the current school year calendar.

2018/19 School Year Calendar

Class dates are August-May.

  • August 27 & 28: First Day of Classes
  • September 3: NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)
  • September 21: NO SCHOOL (Institute Day)
  • October 8: NO SCHOOL (Columbus Day)
  • November 9: NO SCHOOL (Institute Day
  • November 19-23: NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Dec 24-Jan 4: NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)
  • January 18: NO SCHOOL (Institute Day)
  • January 21: NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Day)
  • February 18: NO SCHOOL (Presidents’ Day)
  • March 1: NO SCHOOL (Institute Day)
  • March 25-29: NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
  • April 19: NO SCHOOL (Institute Day)
  • May 16 & 17: Last Day of School

Contact Us

Questions? Interested in scheduling a tour? Email preschool@wheatonparks.org or call 630-690-4880.

Before & After Preschool Care

Kidz Kingdom offers a variety of options to expand your child’s preschool day with childcare opportunities. Childcare for 3-5 year olds is offered before and after morning and afternoon preschool sessions. Kidz Kingdom offers quality childcare along with unstructured play time, crafts, games, gym time and outdoor play (weather permitting).

Questions or interested in touring the facility? Contact Childcare Coordinator, Sheri Rovansek, at 630-510-5136 or srovansek@wheatonparks.org

Before and After Child Care

Programs Currently Offered

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View all programs currently offered in the online registration portal or in the current program guide.