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: 9:00 AM - 2:45 PM
(2020-21 school year full-day hrs: 8:40 AM - 3 PM)
Half-day program hrs: 9:00 - 11:50 AM
(2020-21 school year half-day hrs: 8:40 - 11:45 AM)
Phone: 847.541.3660

Tuition & Fees*

2019–20 Full-Day Kindergarten Annual Tuition Fee: $1750
2020–21 Full-Day Kindergarten Fee: one-time annual $40 registration fee only

2019–20 Full-Day Payment Options:
 in full, during online registration (opens Mar. 1) OR
 in 9 equal monthly payments of $203.68 each
Monthly payments are processed through the K12 Payment Center* (includes credit card payment online transaction charges, resulting in a total annual tuition fee of $1833.12). 
First monthly payment: collected during online registration (opens March 1)
Second monthly payment: due Oct. 1. Subsequent payments will be due the first day of each following month, with the final payment due May 1.
NOTE: A $15 late fee will be added for any monthly tuition payment received after the 10th of the month in which payment is due. All payments will be processed by the KCSD96 Business Office, 1050 Ivy Hall Ln., Buffalo Grove 60089. Willow Grove office staff will communicate with families regarding delinquent payment. Kindergartners for whom tuition is not received for 2 consecutive months will be disenrolled from the Full-Day program and enrolled in the Half-Day program.

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Half-Day Kindergarten Fee: $40

  • a one-time fee of $40, collected during online registration (opens March 2017). No monthly tuition fee is charged for half-day kindergarten. Note that the half-day curriculum is limited, differing significantly from the full-day curriculum.

Tuition Assistance:
If you believe your family might qualify for free/reduced tuition, you may apply online after July 1. Questions? Call 847.459.4260, ext. 8002.

*K12 Payment Center Info
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.

KCSD96 will email instructions to parents about creating their family account for managing student meal payments as well as monthly tuition payments.

For families paying tuition in monthly installments, KCSD96 will enter the 8 remaining monthly payments (the first is paid in online registration) in the K12 Payment Center. Each month's tuition fee (Oct. - May) will appear separately. Select to pay only the payment due currently or make a payment in advance, as you wish.

9 AM - 2:45 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
9 - 11:50 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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