Oak Lawn-Hometown Preschool

Our Vision is to provide a high-quality preschool education for all children in an inclusive community where each child and family belongs and flourishes.

Our preschool classrooms serve a mixture of students of various ages and abilities. Services such as speech and occupational therapy are provided within the classroom for eligible students. Research has shown that both children with disabilities and children who are typically developing benefit from inclusive settings.

Classroom Offerings

Our programs offer diversity of experience and knowledge in preliteracy, mathematics, science, social emotional development and social skills experiences through learning centers, field experience and hands-on activities.   Music and movement are important for the devlelopment of the whole child and their self-esteem. 

Some placements will be fee-based and others will be need-based and district funded. Placement into these programs will depend upon your screening results.

Fee-based placements require a one-month deposit to secure your enrollment. In addition, there will be an Out-of-District fee equal to 10% of the annual tuition due at the time of registration for any family living outside the boundaries of School District 123 (Sward location only).  Child must be 3 years of age by December 31, 2023, and potty-trained to register.

Prospective Families

Step 1:  Please complete a new student application here!  A member of the Early Childhood Department will be contacting you shortly to discuss the screening process and let you know your next steps.

Step 2:  Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 conducts regular screenings of children from 3 to 5 years of age. The children will be screened in the developmental areas of concepts, self-help, social and emotional development, fine motor and gross motor skills, problem solving and speech & language. Early childhood professionals will present play-based activities that will assess developmental skills. Screening results will be reviewed with the family.  All preschoolers who reside in the Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 boundaries can participate in screenings free of charge. Please complete a screening request form to start the process.

Step 3:  Prior to enrollment, all families must provide a school physical and income verification documents. If your child is determined eligible for our program, based on availability, he or she will either be placed immediately or put on an enrollment waiting list. The waiting list is based on weighted eligibility criteria and student needs.

To contact a member of the Early Childhood Department directly, please call or email Christine Fuller at (708) 952-7797 or Kim Blitek at (708) 423-8363.


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