Peoria Christian Preschool-3- & 4-Year-Old Programs
Children are given opportunities to form a solid foundation academically in reading and math readiness, as well as, acquire fine and gross motor skills. Character development and spiritual growth are important goals of our preschool program.
Children participate in a variety of activities during the day, such as pledges, singing, group time, and individual activities that build motor skills. Our updated playground will delight them as their gross motor skills develop. They strengthen fine motor skills through coloring, cutting, gluing, painting, puzzles, water and sand tables, and games. Children also grow socially and emotionally by practicing good manners, sharing toys, helping in the classroom, and obeying the teacher. Art, music, physical education, library, and field trips are also used to encourage learning experiences.
We use a theme-based approach involving circle time and learning centers. Our 4-year-old classes identify the letters of the alphabet and are introduced to the sounds of the letters. The children hear a Bible story and learn a Bible verse each week. They identify numbers 1-20, count objects using one-to-one correspondence, and identify shapes.
The teachers in our program maintain a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We guide and direct the children out of a prayerful heart of love and concern. Our certified teachers plan fun, age-appropriate activities to help the children have a positive experience at school. Our 3- and 4-year-old class size is limited to a staff-to-student ratio of 1:10 or 2:20.
Children must be three years old or four years old, respectively, by September 1st to be enrolled in the 3-year-old or 4-year-old class.
Children must be completely toilet trained. A physical examination, as mandated by the State of Illinois, is required for each child prior to attendance.

Locations and applications

Main Campus - Located at 3506 N. California Ave, Peoria. Class times are from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. An Extended Care program can be added, as well as Before or After Care. Prices and information including additional programs of Extended Care (11:30 am - 3:15 am), Before Care (6:30 am to 8:00 am), and After Care (3:15 pm to 6:00 pm) are available by contacting the Admissions Office at (309) 686-4500 ext. 217 or To apply for the main campus, use the online application available through this link. Class options at the Main Campus include:

  • 3-year-old preschool – 2-mornings (T, TH) with optional Extended Care on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons
  • 3-year-old preschool - 3-mornings (T, W ,TH) with optional Extended Care on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday afternoons
  • 4-year-old preschool – 3-mornings (T, W, TH) with optional Extended Care on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday afternoons
  • 4-year-old preschool - 5-mornings (M-F) with optional Extended Care available Monday - Friday afternoons

Preschool North - Located inside Grace Presbyterian Church, 8607 N. State Rt. 91, Peoria, IL 61615. Class times are from 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. No Extended Care, Before Care or After Care options are available at this location at this time. Preschool North applicants should pick "Preschool North" as the "Program" option on the online application. Class options at the North campus include:                                                         

  • 3-year-old preschool - 3-mornings (M, W, F)                                                                     
  • 4-year-old preschool - 3-mornings (M, W, F) 

Calendar Schedule
The Preschool program begins in August when the regular school schedule starts and usually ends before Memorial Day in May.  Scheduled breaks, holidays and non-school days will be noted on the school calendar on the free PCS App (look for Peoria Christian School in your app store) and the website. 

PCS Preschool is accredited by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and AdvancEd (North Central Association) and exempt from state licensing.  We are committed to on-going monitoring to maintain compliance.