Early bird deadline extended to August 14 for the 2020-2021 school year!
Registration now available online and by email, mail and in-person.

Through education, recreation, and fun, our preschool program offers a balanced play-based learning approach perfect for first-time students! Creative daily lesson plans focus on the development of your child’s necessary prekindergarten skills such as letter and name recognition, printing, cooperative play, socialization skills, listening, and more. Structured and unstructured activities provide stimulating hands-on learning opportunities to promote your child’s physical, emotional, and intellectual growth. 

The Carol Stream Park District Preschool program has been a community tradition for over 40 years. Elk Trail Recreation Center is a private, secure preschool facility providing a safe and welcoming learning environment. Our passionate and experienced teachers are committed to working together to provide your child with the most enjoyable learning experience possible. Come learn and play with us today!

New Procedures for 2020-2021

The health and safety of our preschoolers is paramount and we’re implementing a modified operations plan for this school year. We have new social-distancing measures, wellness standards, more intense cleaning and sanitizing procedures, face covering requirements, new drop-off and pick-up protocol, and more in place. Our modified operations are subject to change based on further guidance from local, state, and federal authorities.

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Now Enrolling!

How to Register

Registration is now available online! After enrolling, submit your registration packet with emergency information and an authorized payment form along with your child’s birth certificate.

Registration is also available by mail, email, and in-person at Simkus Recreation Center, Monday-Friday from 10 am-2 pm. Submit a completed registration packet and copy of your child’s birth certificate.

Registration Packets

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Non-Refundable Enrollment Fee of $65 is due at registration.

Program fees are listed on the registration form.

Payment for the school year can be made in full at the time of registration or via monthly payments. An authorized payment form is required if not paying in full. Payments are drafted on the 1st of each month.

School Year

Our program follows the CCSD93 school calendar year from September-May.


We’d love to provide you with additional information. Email us at preschool@csparks.org or call 630-784-6140.

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Our Private Preschool Center

The Carol Stream Park District Preschool classes are held at Elk Trail Recreation Center, our private preschool center which neighbors the open fields, recreational trails and ponds of Mitchell Lakes Park. Each large classroom is customized specifically for our preschool program and exits out to a fenced-in play yard with a variety of early childhood playground equipment, picnic tables and a large grassy area. The friendly neighborhood setting of our preschool center creates a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students! Elk Trail Recreation Center is located at 160 West Elk Trail, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

Interested in learning more about our program? We accept registration throughout the school year! Call us at 630-784-6140.

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Summer Preschool & K-2 Camp

Summer Preschool

The summer preschool program provides a creative and enriching environment for children to enjoy the summer months in the company of friends old and new. Children learn the importance of sharing, listening and cooperation through crafts, games, stories and other activities. Student must be potty trained. Program is held both indoors and outdoors. Online registration available for this program.


K-2 Camp

K-2 Camp is a summer program for students entering Kindergarten through entering 2nd grade. This program follows weekly themed with activities planned by staff. A local field trip takes place as well, schedules are emailed out the week prior with activities and field trip information. Online registration is available for this program, or you can register at Simkus or Fountain View Recreation Center.

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“It truly is a wonderful program. It is amazing to see what they accomplish in a short time. Thank you for two great years.”

— Carol Stream Parks Regular

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