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Early Childhood

Programs for ages 6 mo. - 5 years

Washington Park Pavilion - Preschool in the Park!

The philosophy of the preschool program is that every child should be given the best chance to grow and develop intellectually, emotionally and socially. The program features professional staff directing activities that encourage development of individual interests, refinement of motor skills, and preparation for Kindergarten. The curriculum is based on the Illinois Early Childhood Learning Standards.

Washington Park Pavilion Preschool is a play-based program. Children build a foundation for later learning as they solve problems and increase their understanding of themselves, other people and the world around them. We set up rooms to be welcoming and inviting places for the children to explore. Students can be signed up any time during these sessions (based on availability).

benefits of play-based learning at preschool

The Springfield Park District invites you to enroll your child in our Preschool in the Park program for the 2022-2023 school year! Classes are mixed with 3, 4, & 5 years old.




Need to speak with staff regarding Early Childhood or Funshop Programs?  Contact staff from the information below:

Debbie Clark
Preschool Program Supervisor

1400 Williams Blvd, Springfield IL 62704

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Tim Rhodes
Facility Program Supervisor

1601 N. 5th Street, Spfld IL 62702

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Every effort is the result of a synergy of experiences and people. The Funshop program is no exception. It represents a culmination of over 40 years of work with children and families. As a company of people and collective hearts, the Funshop staff is proud to serve the Springfield community.

Funshop is an exciting, early education program for parents and children “together.” It has been uniquely designed to provide the optimal one-on-one learning experience. The program offers a unique, play-based environment where parents and children can be interactively engaged in the wonderful world of learning. The foundation of the innovative Funshop experience is a firm belief that parents are not only a child’s first teachers but also his or her most trusted and influential educators.

There are a ton of tantalizing toys and interest areas that will capture your children’s imagination, strengthen their communication skills, exercise their decision-making skills and enhance their sensory motor skills. At least one parent, relative, or caregiver must accompany each child to every class.

At least one parent, relative, or caregiver must accompany children to every class. Just pick your day of the week and time slot, and sing up - it's that easy!


Manage your recreational FUN and sign up for programs at our Online REG Portal!

For a full list of Early Childhood Programs currently running, go to the Springfield Park District Online Registration Portal.