Grove Children’s Preschool will host open house on Feb. 15

preschool open house 2023

Preschool applications for 2023-24 school year will open Feb. 22

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 invites prospective parents and guardians to attend an open house to learn more about the District’s gold-rated Grove Children’s Preschool program. The Grove Children’s Preschool Open House will take place Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Henry Puffer School, 2220 Haddow Ave.

Parents and guardians may tour the preschool, meet the staff, hear an overview of the program, and ask questions throughout the open house.

Grove Children’s Preschool tuition applications for the 2023-24 school year will open online at on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 a.m. First priority preschool applications are due Wednesday, March 8.

Grove Children’s Preschool is located at Henry Puffer School and Indian Trail School (6235 Stonewall Ave.) in Downers Grove. Students attend school five days per week during either a morning or an afternoon session.

Please visit to learn more about Grove Children’s Preschool, including tuition information, a virtual tour, frequently asked questions and more.

Why our program? Grove Children’s Preschool...

  • Earned back-to-back gold ratings on the Illinois State Board of Education preschool audit. The gold rating is the highest score that an Illinois preschool can achieve. Grove Children’s Preschool is one of only two preschools in Downers Grove with this high of a rating.
  • Uses state-recognized curricula that seamlessly align with District 58’s kindergarten curriculum, including the:
    • Creative Curriculum for Preschool, a state-recognized curriculum that provides students with a variety of active and quiet work/play centers and teaches children to make good choices, create and interact with their peers. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is fully aligned with the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity and lifelong critical thinking skills.
    • Second Step Social-Emotional Curriculum, which helps the youngest learners benefit more from preschool and be better prepared for kindergarten with self-regulation and executive-function skills that help them pay attention, remember directions and regulate their behavior.
    • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Curriculum, a research-based foundational literacy skill curriculum that delivers high-quality, developmentally-appropriate handwriting instruction.
    • Michael Haggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum, which is a research-based curriculum that provides students daily lessons in: letter naming, rhyme, onset fluency, blending, identifying final and/or medial sounds, segmenting, adding/deleting/substituting phonemes and language awareness.
  • Engages parents and family members through a variety of volunteer opportunities, family fun nights and parent education events.
  • Offers students participation in a variety of community experiences through the Downers Grove Public Library, Downers Grove Fire and Police departments, DuPage County Health Department and other local community resources. 

To learn more about Grove Children’s Preschool, call 630-968-0454 or visit