Students must be 5 years old by September 1 to enroll in kindergarten.

What is Kindergarten like at Willow Grove? We invite you to take a look...



General info Willow Grove Early Learning Center is located at 777 Checker Drive, Buffalo Grove. It serves all KCSD96 kindergartners, regardless of where they live within District boundaries. 
Full-day program hrs: 8:40 AM - 3 PM
Half-day program hrs: 8:40 - 11:45 AM
Phone: 847.541.3660

Fees/Meal Payments

2020–21 Full-Day Kindergarten Fee: one-time annual $40 registration fee only
2020–21 Half-Day Kindergarten Fee: one-time annual $40 registration fee only (Note that the half-day curriculum is limited, differing significantly from the full-day curriculum.)

*K12 Payment Center Info for Student Meal Payments
KCSD96 will email instructions to parents about creating their family account for managing student meal payments.
Already using the K12 Payment Center for older siblings? 
In their "Manage Students" menu, add your kindergartner to your existing account in August, after the upcoming school year student data is in place.
Creating a K12 Payment Center account for your family for the first time?
This cannot be done before August, when upcoming school year student data is in place.

8:40 AM - 3 PM
Literacy: 90 minutes each day
Math: 65 minutes each day
Science: 30 minutes 3 times each week
Social Studies: Embedded in Literacy instruction
Physical Education (PE): 20 minutes each day
Music: 20 minutes 2 times each week
Learning Center/Exploration Lab: 20 minutes 3 times each week
Art:  Embedded in classroom instruction
Playful Learning and Intervention: 
(This includes daily free/structured play and social/emotional learning activities)
Recess and Lunch: paired, with 20 minutes allowed for each
8:40 - 11:45 AM
Literacy: 90 minutes each day
Math: 65 minutes each day
Developmental foundations

Bus service will be provided at no additional cost to all full-day AND half-day kindergartners

After Care
The Buffalo Grove Park District Clubhouse program offers on-site care before school for full- and half-day students and after school for full-day students. Parents arrange for before-/after-care service and make payment through the Buffalo Grove Park District: 847.850.2134, [email protected]
Food Service Kindergartners will eat lunch in the Willow Grove cafeteria. They may purchase a hot lunch or bring their lunch from home. The KCSD96 food service vendor Organic Life posts menus online. Parents may create and pay into an online lunch account for each of their KCSD96 students. (See K12 Payment Center Info above, in Tuition & Fees)

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