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 1970’s 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 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.

Registration and Payment Information

Registration is for the complete school year (August-May). A nonrefundable fee is due at registration. The remainder of the yearly fee is divided into 8 equal payments. Payment plans begin in July. Refunds for Wide Horizons Preschool are only issued if requested by August of the upcoming school year.

Age Requirements

Children must be born on or before:

  • September 1- December 31, 2013: Old Two’s program*
  • September 1, 2013: Three Year Old program
  • September 1, 2012: Four Year Old program

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

Program Forms:

No School Dates

Spring 2017
Monday January 16: Martin Luther King Day
Friday February 20: President’s Day
March 27 – 31: Spring Break

Last day of 2016/2017 Wide Horizons Preschool is Friday May 19, 2017.

Contact Us

Questions? Interested in scheduling a tour?

Email: preschool@wheatonparks.org
Phone: 630-690-4880

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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

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