Peoria Christian Preschool 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.
Activities
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.
Curriculum
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.
Staff
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 4-year-old class size is limited to a staff-to-student ratio of 1:10 or 2:20.
Requirements
Children must be four years old by September 1st to be enrolled in the preschool 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

California Avenue 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 for tuition and for the optional additional programs of Extended Care (11:30 am - 3:15 am) and Before Care (6:30 am to 8:00 am) and After Care (Champ's Corner) are available on our Tuition & Fees page. To apply, click on the online applicationIf you have any questions, contact the Admissions Office at (309) 686-4500 ext. 217 or khutchins@peoriachristian.org. Class options at the this Campus include:

  • 3-mornings a week with classes meeting on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings. Optional Extended Care is available any of those afternoons.
  • 5-mornings a week with classes meeting each morning and optional Extended Care available any afternoon of the week.
  • Before care can be added as scheduled days or drop-in days but with at least one days notice. 
  • After care (Champ's Corner) can be added as scheduled days or drop-in days with at least one days notice. 

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. To apply to the Preschool North, click on the online application and choose "Preschool North" as the program. Classes at this location meet on Monday, Wednesdays and Friday mornings.

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

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.