Gary United Methodist Preschool: 50+ Years of Learning and Growing!

Gary United Methodist Preschool in Wheaton, IL, has been providing classes for 3, 4 and 5 year-olds and pre-K children since 1969. Classes run September through May. The school complies with all DCFS regulations and the staff is approved by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The school is governed by the Preschool Board and is responsible to the Church Council of Gary Church.

Preschool Registration 2024-2025

Registration is now open. If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour, please contact the director at (630) 668-3100 or by email at preschool@garychurch.org.



Gary Preschool Hiring for 2024-2025 School Year

We are looking for a new 4s teacher (Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings) and a new 3s teacher (Tuesday/Thursday mornings). A degree in Early Childhood Education and Care is highly preferred. Click here for the job descriptions. For more information, email preschool@garychurch.org.



Our Purpose: We are committed to the development of the Whole Child


OUR GOALS FOR EACH CHILD IN OUR PRESCHOOL ARE: 
  • develop independence and self-confidence
  • learn appropriate social skills and school routine
  • accomplish cognitive and motor tasks at appropriate developmental level
  • experience wonder and awe about God’s world

Our Curriculum    

  • Weekly themes that promote dramatic play centered around life experiences
    (Camping, Grocery Store, Post Office, Transportation, Restaurant, Pet Week)
  • Weekly themes that encourage understanding of our world
    (School, Community, Senses, Colors and Shapes, Recycling/Earth Day)
  • Structured and unstructured activities that encompass math, language, science and nature, art, music, and large motor activity
  • Small group activities that focus on a letter of the alphabet each week
  • Circle time with songs, finger plays and stories related to the week’s theme
  • Snack and prayer
  • Outdoor play in enclosed playground with a climber, large sandbox, playhouse, and tricycles
    (Full sized gym available for inclement weather or cold days)


Class Offerings

Three Year Old Preschool

Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Maximum of 18 children in a class, two teachers/class.$160/month$1,440/yearA non-refundable deposit of $100 is required at the time of registration.

Four Year Old Preschool

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. 

Maximum of 18 children in the class, two teachers/class. $215/month$1,935/year

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required at the time of registration.

The school calendar closely follows that of Wheaton Warrenville District 200.

Gary United Methodist Preschool's Parents' Morning Out

Gary United Methodist Preschool in Wheaton, IL, offers a Parents’ Morning Out program Monday through Friday. PMO serves children 18 months to 3 years old. Class size is limited to ten children with two teachers. Families may register for one, two, or three days/week for the school year. Each session includes free play, story time, snack, large motor activities, and a weekly theme. For more information about the PMO program, please contact Kirsten McCluskey at 630-668-3100 or by email at preschool@garychurch.org.

Parents' Morning Out

One day/week: $90/month

Two days/week: $150/month

Three days/week: $185/month


Cindy Andrzejewski

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR, TEACHER

Office: 630-668-3100

Email: preschool@garychurch.org

Cindy has taught at Gary Preschool since 2003 and became the preschool director in 2024. She joined Gary Church in the early 90s with her husband Bob, and their children Keith, Paul and Cara who all attended Gary Preschool. Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and eight grandsons and the annual vacation in Myrtle Beach with them. She also enjoys biking and hiking.