2024-2025 school year REGISTRATION Information

All information posted here is in reference to the 2024-2025 school year. Information for the 2025-2026 school year will be posted in Fall 2024.



If you've never registered for park district programs, create an account to register for programs online. Click the 'Register Online' button to get started! If you have a child in our preschool program now and need help obtaining your username and/or password, please email our Registration Staff for assistance.

Priority Registration Process

9:00am January 15-28: Currently enrolled preschool students (2023-2024 school year) and their siblings can enroll in the lottery online

  • Choose your #1 preferred class day/time, and add it to your cart
  • As you continue through the enrollment checkout process, you will have the option of listing a 2nd choice, and even a 3rd choice
  • Pay a $100 Enrollment Fee to complete the process
  • When the lottery is spun, the system will enroll students in a randomly assigned order. When it is "your turn", the system will attempt to enroll you in your first choice. If that class is already full, it will move on to try enrolling you in your 2nd choice, if you selected a 2nd choice, and so on. If you don't have a 2nd/3rd choice, or your alternate choice(s) are full, you'll be added to the waitlist for your 1st choice.

Please note: if you absolutely do not want or cannot attend any class day/time other than your first choice, please do not select 2nd or 3rd choices.

January 31: Lottery results will be shared via email by 4:00pm

February 1, 9:00am- February 11: Returning families may request transfers (fee applies), enroll in classes/waitlists with open spots, and enroll in Add-On Classes before enrollment is opened to new students/families.

Priority Enrollment is not reciprocal between Lincoln Learning Center and Nature Play School.


Open enrollment is available to new students/families, students/families that attend the program in years prior to the current school year, and returning students who did not enroll during the priority registration/lottery period.

FEBRUARY 12, 9:00AM - Resident open enrollment begins
FEBRUARY 19, 9:00AM - Non-Resident open enrollment begins

  • Enroll online at dgparks.org using the class # for your desired class days and time
  • Pay a non-refundable $125 Enrollment Fee to complete the process
  • If your preferred class day/time is full, you may enroll your child on the waitlist. The $125 Enrollment Fee must be paid for waitlist registrations


Tuition can either be paid in full or divided into 8 equal payments to be automatically billed on the 15th of the month, from August-April (no bill collected in December). You will be emailed in July 2024 with additional information.

If you currently live outside of Downers Grove Park District boundaries but expect to move within Park District boundaries by September 1, 2024, proof of residency will be required prior to your first preschool tuition payment.

Unincorporated households

Families residing outside of Park District boundaries, but within Downers Grove School District 58 boundaries, will receive the resident rate for Preschool and may register during resident open enrollment.

Other Important Registration Information

  • Siblings enrolling during priority registration must reside in the same household; you may be asked to provide proof of residency
  • Registered students will receive their classroom and teacher assignments in August 2024, as well as information regarding a Parent Orientation/Meet The Teachers event
  • If a class transfer is requested after classroom assignments have been made, a $25 transfer fee will be assessed if your request is able to be granted
  • All classroom and teacher assignments are random