Downers Grove Park District Hosts Open House for Lincoln Learning Center and The Link Before & After School Program on Jan. 11

Jan 8, 2018

The Downers Grove Park District will host an open house for families interested in the Lincoln Learning Center and The Link Before and After School Program for the 2018-19 school year. Parents can meet the teachers for each program, tour the classrooms and learn more about these programs from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Lincoln Center located at 935 Maple Ave. in Downers Grove.  Those who attend will receive a coupon for discounted tuition for the Lincoln Learning Center.


The Lincoln Learning Center preschool program provides a curriculum of developmentally appropriate experiences guided by the Illinois Early Learning Standards. Offered to children ages 2.5 to 5, this program is designed to develop the whole child and enhance children creatively, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. The Lincoln Learning Center provides a nurturing environment and stimulating activities with indoor and outdoor play at the Lincoln Center. With affordable tuition rates, the program offers 2- to 2.5-hour classes depending on age.


The Lincoln Learning Center is led by a team of highly qualified teachers and teacher’s aides. Sara Cunningham, Recreation Specialist for the Lincoln Learning Center said, “Our team of teachers and aides are what make the Lincoln Learning Center such a unique preschool experience. They provide a warm and safe environment that nurtures learning and discovery. Our lead teachers have education-related degrees or equivalent experience and all aides have previous early childhood education teaching experience.”


The Link Before and After School Program will enter its second year in 2018. The Link is a recreation-based before and after school program for Downers Grove District 58 students in grades K-6. Hosted in a newly remodeled wing of the historic Lincoln Center,  The Link provides students fun and engaging enrichment activities including nature, fitness, arts and crafts, science and cultural arts. The weekly schedule features age-based activities in addition to daily homework time and a healthy snack.


Parents can choose to enroll for mornings, afternoons or both for 3, 4 or 5 days per week. The program delivers an extended-day schedule starting at 6:30 a.m. and ending at

6:30 p.m. each day. Fees start as low as $98 per month per child and a 10% multiple child discount is offered.


Recreation Supervisor Colleen McGavock said that The Link program is unlike any other school-age childcare option in Downers Grove.


“The Downers Grove Park District not only provides safe transportation between participating District 58 schools and the Lincoln Center, but also connects participants to specific programs offered throughout the District. If a Link participant is enrolled in another program at the Lincoln Center or Recreation Center during The Link program time, our experienced staff will ensure a safe drop off.”


If you are unable to attend the Jan. 11 open house, but would like more information about the Lincoln Learning Center or The Link Before and After School Program, please call 630.963.1300 or visit


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