Readers' Choice: Vote for Your Favorite Pre-School!

Vote for the best pre-school in Downers Grove in our Readers' Choice poll.

Where is your favorite pre-school in ? When your kids were in pre-school, where did you send them? Here's your chance to tell us and vote for your favorite pre-school.

We'll be accepting votes from July 23 until 11:59 p.m. August 17, so get your votes in!

Nominations were accepted on Downers Grove Patch through July 9 and include:

Elizabeth July 06, 2012 at 01:06 PM
First United Methodist Preschool
Kent Frederick July 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Kim R July 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
St Marys! I've had a son cry on a snow day because he wanted to spend the morning with Miss Debbie and Miss Fran.
Barbara Schmidt-Bailey July 06, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Montessori Pathway on Maple.
Annie G July 07, 2012 at 01:10 PM
St. Mary of Gostyn. The preschool is a great place with terrific teachers where children learn in a nurturing environment.
MB Albian July 07, 2012 at 01:40 PM
St Mary of Gostyn. The preschool is literally connected to the kindergarten, making the transition to kindergarten a piece of cake for these very young kids. Each preschool child is assigned a big buddy from the kindergarten class who helps them with different projects throughout the year. The preschool program is wonderful and so are the teachers!
Sue Testin July 07, 2012 at 01:51 PM
St. Mary of Gostyn.....great nurturing program!
Leanne July 24, 2012 at 06:57 PM
St. Mary's is amazing! The love, care and support Miss Debbie and Miss Fran bring to our daughter each day is unparalleled. They teach much more than just the ABC's— our children learn to care for all their new friends and this foundation will stay with them forever! Our older children have truly benefited from the SMG experience!
Karen Crowe July 24, 2012 at 08:31 PM
We've sampled several other local preschool programs over the years with our 3 kids. Teachers and their assistants have varied -- some more experienced, loving, or accomplished than others. The teaching team at St. Mary, and our children's experiences there, were by far the best! Both teachers invest their hearts and minds and endless energy in every child, and the kids have so much fun, they don't realize how much they're learning!
Margaret July 24, 2012 at 09:35 PM
SMG preschool is the way to go! I have raised 5 children and tried a few programs, my 5th will be at saint Mary's of gostyn. The teachers are great. They learn everything they need and rcv additional learning, if they are ready. This is a great place for new Moms, as we do lots of fun outings and community building for parents.
Susan Lucina July 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
SMG was fabulous for all 3 of my daughters. Miss Debbie and Miss Fran are the best!
Marybeth Langan July 25, 2012 at 12:25 AM
St. Mary of Gostyn has a great pre-school and a fabulous grammar school and middle school too!
Jennifer Russotiesi July 25, 2012 at 02:52 AM
SMG has a fantastic preschool. Ms. Debbie and Ms. Fran are amazing...they create an atmosphere where kids feel safe to be individuals and have fun while learning.
P.C. July 25, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Both of my children attended St. Mary's Preschool Program and LOVED it! Miss Miss Debbie and Miss Fran always greet my children with a warm, genuine smile! The teachers love their job and it shows! Miss Debbie provides a well rounded educational and FUN program for all children. My children were well prepared for kindergarten! I wish I had the energy level, patience and passion!!
Kent Frederick July 25, 2012 at 06:30 PM
My son loved pre-school at First United Methodist Church, and he was very well prepared for kindergarten in District 58.
Tania Yunez July 27, 2012 at 06:35 PM
SMG it's a great place to send your children
Mary Klockner July 28, 2012 at 06:52 PM
St. Mary's is a fabulous school!
elena mccarthy August 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
St. Mary's staff is a great school. They really have the kids best interest in mind. I remember the teachers, the staff and the students went out of their way to make my kids feel welcome 6 years ago. I am so glad we chose SMG.
Jack R August 07, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Where is Downers Grove Park District preschool on here? How is this not a choice???
Kent Frederick August 14, 2012 at 06:04 PM
And how is it that Pathway Montessori is a choice, but no one has voted for it? You would think that the person who nominated it would have taken the time to vote.
tina August 14, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Who came up with this list. The Downers Grove Park District is not even on here and they have a very good and reputable program and St Joseph's preschool is not on here either.
Lauren Williamson (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Hi Tina and Jack, The list was compiled based on reader nominations submitted in the comments through July 9. Sorry that your favorite was not among the nominations! Best, Lauren Williamson Associate Regional Editor
Victoria August 16, 2012 at 01:50 PM
St. Mary of Gostyn! Miss Debbie and Miss Fran offer a fantastic preschool curriculum in a loving and faith-based environment. We wouldn't have gone anywhere else!


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