• Virtual Information Session - 6pm- ACCESS HERE


    Early Childhood Blended Preschool

    Maercker District 60 offers an Early Childhood Blended Preschool program at Holmes School for residents of the district. The program serves students ages three through five within a positive, nurturing environment that fosters social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth and development.  The curriculum is play-based and progressive, with a focus on pre-readiness in literacy and numeracy.  The staff consists of a teacher who is licensed in early childhood, special education and English learning and a paraprofessional.  In addition, specialists provide a host of enriching experiences for students, such as motor groups and language-development activities. The program includes a blend of students who are typically developing, students who are at-risk and students with special education needs.

    Program Details:

    A five-day-per-week program which operates according to the District 60 calendar. 

    AM Session: 8:30-11:00  PM Session: 12:00-2:30

    Early Release Wednesdays: AM: 8:30-10:20 PM: 12:00-1:50

    Three ways to access the blended preschool:

    All students must be residents of the district.

    Students must be between three and five years of age and be toilet trained.

    1. Students accepted through a free developmental screening to identify children who might be at risk due to environmental, cultural or socio-economic factors. 
      • A limited number of spots available for children who meet the criteria for tuition free preschool.  
      • Tuition is free, but transportation is not provided. 
      • Tuition is covered through federal Title I funds.
    2. Tuition students accepted through a lottery.
      • Tuition is $355 per month. (September—May)
      • Transportation is not provided for tuition-based students.
    3. Placement of students who are receiving special education services under an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be determined by the IEP team.



    • Virtual Preschool Parent Information Night, February 3, 2021 from 6:00-7:00. The link to join the Zoom meeting will be posted on the district website at 5:45 on February 3, 2021.
    • Pre-enrollment application due to Holmes School by 3:00 p.m. February 5, 2021.
    • Lottery scheduled for February 8, 2021.
    • Parents will be notified of the lottery results by February 12, 2021.
    • Parents of accepted students need to submit a $100 non-refundable deposit and complete the District 60 enrollment process online between February 25 and March 12, 2021.