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Helping Hands Preschool

Program Director

Marcie Faust
mfaust@dps109.org
847-945-1844 x7220

School Psychologist

Dr. Jen Grady
jgrady@dps109.org
847-945-1844 x1122

Administrative Assistant

Jan Kleinfeldt
jkleinfeldt@dps109.org
847-945-1844 x7236

Teachers

Kat Armstrong
karmstrong@dps109.org
847-945-5895 x2128

Jorie Pinsof
jpinsof@dps109.org
847-945-5895 x2121

Jenise Smith
jsmith@dps109.org
847-945-5895 x2120

Helping Hands Preschool Video

About Our Preschool Program

District 109 firmly believes and supports the academic, social and emotional growth of all children in the most authentic and rich learning environment. To support this belief, District 109 offers residents the exemplary early childhood program called Helping Hands, which serves a blend of typically developing preschoolers and preschoolers with special needs. The focus of Helping Hands is to prepare children to succeed in the District 109 kindergarten curriculum by offering instructional support and activities in pre-academic, social-emotional, motor and language development.
  • Class sizes are limited to approximately fourteen children to ensure individualized attention in a structured and nurturing environment. Morning classes serve three-year-olds; afternoon classes are intended for four-year-olds.
  • Multi-disciplinary team of highly qualified staff provides a model to support the growth and development of all students within the classroom setting.
  • Classes are held at South Park Elementary School, a friendly neighborhood school, with access to easy pick-up and drop-off locations. Helping Hands offers “extras” that only a school setting can provide: large versatile facility with access to gym, library, fun holiday events, upper grade helpers and connections to District 109 kindergarten curriculum.
  • Affordability and a longer school year (August–June) provides parents with an outstanding value. Helping Hands aligns with the District 109 calendar for easy planning. Flexible payment plans are also available to help families budget.
  • Rolling enrollment allows registration throughout the year providing space is available. Children are welcome to enroll upon turning three.

Quick Links

Hours

3-YEAR-OLD PROGRAM: Monday – Friday, 9:00am-11:30am
4-YEAR-OLD PROGRAM: Monday – Friday, 12:30pm – 3:00pm

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16 hours ago

Sharing with our Helping Hands families: Stevenson Center for the Preforming Arts presents Monster in the Closet on Sunday, 10/22. Tickets are still available! Call 847-415-4121. #hh109 ... See MoreSee Less

Sharing with our Helping Hands families: Stevenson Center for the Preforming Arts presents Monster in the Closet on Sunday, 10/22. Tickets are still available! Call 847-415-4121. #hh109

5 days ago

Reminder about Social Media Boot Camp tonight!
Bring a smart phone, iPad or laptop.
✔️Snacks! 🍫
✔️Cubs Score Updates! ⚾️
✔️Fun night of learning! 👩‍💻👨‍💻
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Reminder about Social Media Boot Camp tonight!
Bring a smart phone, iPad or laptop. 
✔️Snacks! 🍫
✔️Cubs Score Updates! ⚾️
✔️Fun night of learning! 👩‍💻👨‍💻
#hh109 #sp109 #engage109

1 month ago

Save the Date! Social Media Boot Camp for Helping Hands parents 10/12 @ 7:00! ... See MoreSee Less

Save the Date! Social Media Boot Camp for Helping Hands parents 10/12 @ 7:00!