Readers' Choice: Best Preschool Finalists

Your comments and reviews will determine the champion


First, thanks for your feedback regarding Wednesday's polling.

We can clearly see how passionate our communities are about this topic, which is why we're back with it again today without the poll.

The comments that resulted from our original posting on Monday were amazing, and we're looking to build off of that as we move forward.

Here is the list of finalists. We eliminated St. Gilbert's per the request of its principal.

  • , Grayslake
  • Grayslake
  • Libertyville

We encourage your participation and positive, civil comments. Only positive comments will count toward determining the winner.

You can post your comments for one of these preschool finalists via:

The comments and reviews can be posted through 5 p.m. Friday, April 27. We'll count up the comments and post the winner on Saturday morning, April 28.

Thanks again for working with us on this valuable initiative.

So tell us, where is the BEST preschool in northern Lake County?

Judy Bergman April 27, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Grayslake Cooperative Nursery School - hands down! I loved how family-oriented the school is - great opportunities for parent involvement. Wonderful and experienced teaching staff.
Nightcrawler April 27, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Considering its longevity and the obvious loyalty expressed by past parents and students, I'd say the Grayslake Coop must be doing something right. It certainly did in our family's case. While my daughter was there in 1991-92, she built a couple of friendships that continue to this day. And our participation as parents proved a great way to get acquainted with what was then our new hometown.
Tracy Gladfelter April 27, 2012 at 09:19 PM
When the time comes to loosen the apron strings and begin your childs education, it can be a little stressful to say in the least. Coming from a long line of educators, finding the "perfect" school is of most importance. Through research and the ever most efficient *word of mouth* GCNS, in my opinion by far exceeds any other preschool around. The teachers, I can honestly say, met their callings. The way they teach, with such enthusiam and excitement, well, in my opinion, is such a breath of fresh air. My children thrived at the GCNS and continue to excell now as 5th and 2nd graders. GCNS gave my children the stepping stones they needed not only to become excellent students, but gave them a boost of the social skills needed as well. Overall, the best decision I have made up to this point with education, is sending my children to GCNS.
mommyof2 April 27, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Grayslake Co-op is the best!!!
Amy KS April 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM
We support Precious Lambs Preschool -- it is a creative, wonderful place where children grow and families feel welcome. Our first child entered the program nearly 10 years ago and our youngest graduated last year; they still love to visit their teachers and director. The kindergarten enrichment program (KEEP) is a gift to area children. We have always been impressed with the actions of this modest school, including how it raises considerable funds every year not for fancy digs but for scholarship programs. A host of parents whose children graduated years ago still volunteer! It’s great to see such support for preschools. I might suggest that everyone needs great schools where they live and work, not just the “best in a county.” I hope one take-away from this is the unveiling of some new places for young families, and when it’s time they can take their short list, get recommendations from neighbors/friends and go on visits to find a good fit. Do this with an open mind, be suspect of hype, and lean toward kindness. The rest will fall into place.


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