Preschool Programs at the Children's Learning Center

Preschool student

We offer a three-year-old, a four-year-old, and a five-year-old preschool session for students and employees at McHenry County College, as well as community members. Preschool children meet in our Blue Room.

  • Three- and four-year-old children should be three or four by September 1 of the year that they are starting preschool.
  • Five-year-olds should be turning five by December 31 of the year that they are starting preschool.

Complete a Blue Room application

  • Potty Training

    Children in the preschool program must be potty trained prior to starting. The classroom is not equipped for diaper changing, although we do understand that children sometimes have accidents. In these instances, the teachers will help children to change their clothes, encouraging independence as much as possible.

  • Personal Items

    Every child will need at least one change of clothing. Additionally, on days specified on the monthly calendar, children will have the opportunity to bring in items for Show and Tell to share with the class.

  • Daily Schedule

    The children spend the majority of the day in "centers" where they choose the area and activities that they would like to participate in. They can build in the block area, participate in an art project, or choose another area of interest. Children are able to move freely between centers and can work at their own pace on activities

    The children go outside several times throughout the day year-round, as long as it is not raining and it is between 15 and 96 degrees (including wind chill or heat index). Always dress your child appropriately for the weather. On days that we cannot go outside, we will participate in large motor activities either in the classroom or in the gym on campus.

  • Three-year-old Preschool Daily Schedule
    Three-year-old Preschool daily schedule
    Time Activity
    8:50 a.m. Doors open
    8:50 to 9:10 a.m. Arrival, Put Away Belongings, Wash Hands
    9:10 to 9:20 a.m. Morning Meeting
    9:20 to 9:50 a.m. Outside/Large Motor/Gym
    9:50 to 10:25 a.m. Small Groups
    10:25 to 10:45 a.m. Snack
    10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Centers
    11:45 to noon Large Group/Circle
    noon Dismissal
  • Four-year-old Preschool Daily Schedule
    Four-year-old Preschool daily schedule
    Time Activity
    8:50 a.m. Doors open
    8:50 to 9:10 a.m. Arrival, Put Away Belongings, Wash Hands
    9:10 to 9:20 a.m. Morning Meeting
    9:20 to 10:20 a.m. Centers
    10:20 to 10:40 a.m. Snack
    10:40 to 11:10 a.m. Small Groups
    11:10 to 11:40 a.m. Outside/Large Motor/Gym
    11:40 to noon Large Group/Circle
    noon Dismissal
  • Five-year-old Preschool Daily Schedule
    Five-year-old Preschool daily schedule
    Time Activity
    12:50 p.m. Doors open
    12:50 to 1:05 p.m. Arrival, Put Away Belongings, Wash Hands
    1:05 to 1:15 p.m. Afternoon Meeting
    1:15 to 2:10 p.m. Centers
    2:10 to 2:30 p.m. Large Group/Circle
    2:30 to 2:45 p.m. Snack
    2:45 to 3:05 p.m. Large Motor/Outside
    3:05 to 3:30 p.m. Small Groups
    3:30 p.m. Dismissal
  • Food

    We provide a snack during each preschool session. Every child should have allergy information listed on their emergency card so that substitutions can be made where necessary. Food cannot be brought from home unless there is an un-substitutable allergy documented by your child's doctor.

Registration fee is $55.

Preschool Schedule and Pricing
Age Days Time Cost per Month
Three-Year-Olds (Three by September 1, current year) Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to noon $130
Four-Year-Olds (Four by September 1, current year) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 a.m. to noon $175
Five-Year-Olds (Turning five between September 1 and January 1) Monday through Thursday 1 to 3:30 p.m. $205
Preschool student

You can pay by

  • cash, check, or credit card in the Office of Registration, A258
  • credit card over the phone by calling registration at (815) 455-8588
  • Not sure how much you owe or have billing questions? Email

Child Care Financial Assistance and Payroll Deductions

If you are a student who receives financial aid, you may be able to use available funds towards your childcare.  For more information, please contact Financial Aid directly at (815) 455-8761 or

We accept Child Care Financial Assistance through 4-C (Community Coordinated Child Care). Contact them directly at (800) 848-8727, extension 225. Please note that 4-C does not always cover the entire amount we charge, therefore the parent/ guardian is responsible for the difference in addition to monthly co-pays and lunches, if applicable.

MCC employees can arrange payroll deductions through Mary Lutz in the Business office.