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 Welcome to Sunshine and Rainbows Learning Center!
Sunshine and Rainbows Learning Center is an extension of early learners at the Joliet Park District. The preschool program is over 40 years old. Today the learning center has 11 different classrooms for children to attend 2-day, 3-day, or 5-day morning or afternoon programs, at either the Kathy Green Multi-Purpose Center or at Nowell Park Recreation Center. Please see program listing for locations and times.
The Early Childhood Classroom
Sunshine and Rainbows Learning Center follows the Illinois Early Childhood Standards and Benchmarks. We teach children holistically and as individuals in a caring environment. In the classroom, many different opportunities for learning are provided using center-based exploration, sensory tubs, developmentally-appropriate literacy, and math lessons, props, and manipulatives.
In addition, each classroom has physical education and music instruction. Our learning center uses the “Handwriting Without Tears” method for teaching pre-writing and printing skills.
Family Involvement & Community Events
We include the family in many events. We have musical presentations in the winter and also at graduation.
All classrooms, according to the Early Learning Standards, are involved in the following activities: Family Picnic, Grandparent’s Dance, Mother’s Day Tea, and Bicycle Rodeo. These are just a few of the events held during the school year. We also take part in community outreach programs to help teach caring, sharing, and giving.
Preschool Birthday Parties
Have your child’s preschool class birthday party directly after your child’s preschool day. We will extend the day to make it convenient for you, the parent. Call Karen Cooper at 815-741-7275 ext. 129 for information.
Weeping Willows/Flying Solo Learning Program
This program is for the child who will miss the September 1st birthdate deadline for entering Illinois Elementary schools. The Flying Solo Learning program allows children who turn 2 or 3 years old after September 1st (and are ready to begin a preschool program) to attend an extended program available during the day.
Summer Learning
The learning does not stop in May! We offer the following enrichment learning opportunities for PreK – 4th grade:
• Camp Starfish
• Kamp Willow
• Splish Splash Fun • Splash & Go
• Travelin’ Sandlot
• Summer Puddle Jumpers
• Kinder Camp (4 – 5 years) • Little Scholars (5 – 6 years)
• Camp Sendak (6 – 8 years)
• Camp Connect (9 – 12 years)
• More Than Summer Learning
• Academic Readiness for Kindergarten
At the time of registration, you will need (no exceptions):
• Proof of residency (current utility bill or RDC) to pay resident rates.
• The first payment (non-refundable, non-transferable) out of the 9 payments. This payment will be applied to
the preschool tuition and holds your child’s spot in our preschool program. There will be 9 total payments. The 1st payment is made at registration. The remaining 8 payments are spread equally over an 8-month period (September – April)
• A $30 graduation fee for all 4-year old classes.
The following items will need to be turned in at the August 2020 Parent Orientation:
• Copy of county-recorded birth certificate.
• Credit or debit card information for the automatic monthly electronic funds transfer (EFT), even if payment is
made in full at the time registration. It can be marked “Paid in Full” on the form. An electronic funds transfer form must be completed. A $25 fee will be charged for any declined cards.
2020 – 2021 registration
is OPEN!
Register in person at the
Kathy Green Multi-Purpose Center, 3000 W. Jefferson St. for both locations. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

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