Preschool at a Glance

Welcome to preschool! This is a special time when children are introduced to many new learning experiences, friendships and environments.

We are excited to have your child start their educational journey in District 401, where a full range of preschool programming is offered at John Mills Elementary School

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Preschool Basics

Also known as "pre-kindergarten" or "PK," preschool in District 401 is open to children who will be at least 3 years old and no more than 5 years old as of Sept. 1 during the school year in which they are attending. All students must be residents of Elmwood Park.

Although children must be 3 years old to start, they do not need to be potty trained.

All of our preschool classes are held at John Mills Elementary: 

  • All classes are half day.
  • Classes are held five days per week, with an early release schedule each Monday.
  • Morning students attend class from 8:15 to 10:25 a.m. each Monday (two hours, 10 minutes).
  • Morning students attend class from 8:15 to 10:50 a.m. each Tuesday through Friday (two hours, 35 minutes).
  • Afternoon students attend class from 11:35 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. each Monday (two hours, 10 minutes).
  • Afternoon students attend class from 12:10 to 2:45 p.m. each Tuesday through Friday (two hours, 35 minutes).
  • We follow the District school calendar for holidays, conferences and early release days.
  • We also follow the District attendance policy.

Our preschool faculty consists of four teachers and four paraprofessionals. We also provide student support as needed in speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work, behavior analysis, physical therapy and hearing/vision.

Preschool Programs

We offer three main programs for preschool students:

Preschool for All provides services to children ages 3-5 who are not yet age-eligible for kindergarten and who are at risk of academic failure due to a multitude of risk factors.

Spanish Bilingual Preschool is for non-native English speakers who meet specific criteria. These students are given the opportunity to learn Spanish and English through a research-based curriculum that provides a foundation for their learning experience.

Tuition-Based Preschool is for all other students. The fee for preschool in 2022-23 is $3,000. The fee for preschool special ed is $0. Preschool tuition cannot be waived, but the amount can be paid in 10 monthly installments of $300, due on the first of each month. For more information on how to pay school fees, visit our School Fees page.

Contact Information

Mr. Joseph Koletsos, District 401's special education coordinator for grades PK-5, oversees preschool instruction and programming.

Ms. Stephanie Daly is the District's Director for Student Services. Mr. Frank Kuzniewski is principal of John Mills.

They can be reached via email at the following addresses:

In addition, the student services secretary can be reached with questions at 708-583-5854.