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Light Up Crystal Lake Contest: Rally the neighbors in the spirit of friendly competition and the chance to win PIZZA from Lou Malnati's. The Crystal Lake Park District Challenges Park District Residents to ‘Light Up’ Crystal Lake In Holiday Decorating Contest. Judging takes place December 22 between 5-7 pm. Register for code #1400-0 by December 16, registration fee $5.


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Barlina House Preschool

Exciting News! Construction of New Playground Complete!

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The Crystal Lake Park District is pleased to announce the completion of the new playground at Barlina House Preschool. It features a tricycle course surrounding a small climber, a hill with a slide, a play house, covered sand box, picnic tables, musical play elements, funnel ball and lots of trees and flowers.

General InformationBarlina House

The Crystal Lake Park District Preschool program is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services. Our main goal is to provide children opportunities to participate in activities, which help them develop socially, emotionally, and intellectually into a self-assured child. A semi-structured daily schedule includes art, literacy, music, and play activities, encouraging independence and a desire to learn.

Goals of the Barlina House Preschool Program

The Crystal Lake Park District Preschool opened in September of 1986, at Veteran Acres Park.Classes began at Barlina House in the fall of 1997. It offers a well-rounded curriculum and ongoing academics. The children in the program meet two or three times a week. Children must be toilet trained and at least three years of age prior to September 1 to participate. Our preschool is open to participants, regardless of cultural, religious, or ability differences.

Barlina House complies with the rules of the McHenry County Health Department regarding preschool centers and is licensed through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


The main goal of the program is to provide children with the opportunity to participate in activities which develop them socially, emotionally, and intellectually into a self-assured child. Activities are planned to meet the changing needs of 3 to 5 year olds with the following goals in mind:

  • To help initiate an interest in learning and discovery.
  • To help the preschooler develop a strong feeling of self-worth
  • To help the preschooler interact with a peer group
  • To help the preschooler attain self-control and self-responsibility
  • To help the preschooler stimulate his creativity and imagination


Barlina House Staff 2014-2015

left to right

Standing: Tracey Zschernitz (Mrs. Tracey), Nicol Michalski (Mrs. Nicol), Donna MacCrindle (Mrs. Donna)


Kathy Bator (Mrs. Bator), Anita Spano (Mrs. Anita),

Cathy Kuntz (Mrs. Kuntz), Carol Grabowski (Mrs. G.)



Barlina House Halloween Fun 2014


Information for Prospective Students

Enrollment Information

  • There are limited spots still available for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The 2016-2017 class schedule will be available in the Winter/Spring brochure (delivery begins December 3, 2015)
  • Enrollment for 2016-2017 open on January 4, 2016 (current students) and February 1, 2016 (new students).
  • Call Cathy Kuntz, Barlina House Director at (815) 477-5403 or email to discuss availability.
  • Preschool Open House for prospective families: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 10 am-Noon
  • Personal tours can be arranged throughout the year for prospective families

Registration Information for Prospective Students

In-Person or Mail-In:

Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office

One East Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake IL

Please Note:

  • Registration is in person at the Administrative Office, by mail or by fax. Call to check availability at (815) 459-0680.
  • A $50 non-refundable registration fee is required. The first month's tuition will be billed in August and is due by September 1.
  • To be added to a waiting list, a non-refundable deposit of $25 is required for each class.
  • Tuition is discounted 5% for second and third children of same immediate family.
  • Please determine your child’s placement based on their age on September 1, 2015.
  • Complete one registration form for each child and class code number.

Preschool starts Tuesday, September 8 or Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Barlina House 2015-2016 Schoool Year Registration Information
3 Year Old Classes (must be 3 by September 1, 2015)**
Code # Day Time Min/Max Location
2209-0 Tu/Th 9:00 - 11:30 am Min 12/Max 29
2210-0 M/W/F 9:00 - 11:30 am Min 6/Max 9 Downstairs
4 Year Old Classes (must be 4 by September 1, 2015)**
Code # Day Time Min/Max Location
2211-0 Tu/Th 9-11:30 AM Min 8/Max 20 Upstairs
2212-0 M/W/F 9-11:30 AM Min 8/Max 20 Upstairs
2213-0 M/W/F 9 am-Noon (NEW) Min. 8/Max 20 Lower Level

2 1/2 Hour Class Preschool Fees:

Program Fee: 2 days/month, $170/month

Resident Discount Fee: 2 days/month, $155/month

Program Fee: 3 days/month, $215/month

Resident Discount Fee: 3 days/month, $200/month

4-Day Option for 4/5 Year Olds:

MWF morning students can add Tu or Th morning for an additional $60 per month

NEW! Extended 3 Hour Class Preschool Fees:

Program Fee: 3 days/month, $240/month

Resident Discount Fee: 3 days/month, $225/month

Overdue Bill Policy

It is the policy of the Crystal Lake Park District that any Extended Time or Preschool account is paid monthly on the 1st of the month. Fees paid later than the 10th of the month will incur a late fee of $25 and your child is no longer eligible to attend. Preschool attendance may resume upon FULL payment of your child's bill.

Preschool Calendar 2015-2016

September 2015
Monday, September 7 Labor Day-Preschool Closed
Tuesday, September 8

Orientation Hour for Tu/Th Classes, regular class times

Children attend with parent/guardian

Wednesday, September 9

Orientation Hour for M/W/F Classes, regular class times

Children attend with parent/guardian

Thursday, September 10

Children attend independently, regular class times

Friday, September 11

Children attend independently, regular class times

Wednesday, September 16, 9:30 AM Mrs. Z (sub) visits
October 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 9:30 AM Mrs. Z visits
Thursday, October 8 Nature Center Field Trip
Friday, October 9 Nature Center Field Trip
Monday, October 12 Columbus Day-Preschool Closed
Thursday, October 22 Preschool/District 47 Closed
Monday & Tuesday, October 26 & 27 Dad's Nights
Wednesday, October 28 Stade's Farm & Market Field Trip-4's only
Thursday & Friday, October 29 & 30 Halloween Activities-Costumes Welcome!
November 2015
Tuesday, November 3 Preschool Closed-District 47 Closed/Election Day
Wednesday & Thursday, November 4 & 5 Photo Days (during class time)
Wednesday, November 18, 9:30 AM Mrs. Z visits
Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27 Preschool Closed-Thanksgiving Holiday
December 2015
Monday, December 211

Preschool Closed-Winter Break Begins

No classes for two weeks

January 2016
Monday & Tuesday, January 4 & 5 Classes Resume
Friday, January 15 Preschool/District 47 Closed
Monday, January 18 Preschool Closed-Martin Luther King Day
Wednesday, January 20, 9:30 AM Mrs. Z visits
February 2016
Monday, February 15 Preschool Closed-President's Day
Wednesday, February 17, 9:30 AM Mrs. Z visits
March 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 9:30 AM Mrs. Z visits
Monday-Friday, March 28-April 1 Preschool Closed-Spring Break
April 2016  
Monday & Tuesday, April 4 & 5 Classes resume
Wednesday, April 13, 9:30 AM Mrs. Z visits
May 2016
Thursday & Friday, May 5 & 6 Mom's Day (shortened class times)
Wednesday, May 18, 9:30 AM Mrs. Z visits
Friday, May 27 All Classes Family Picnic-Last Day of Preschool

Print the 2015-2016 Barlina House Calendar PDF Download

Calendar notes:

  • The preschool will be open on days that D47 has early release and/or half days
  • Other field trips and activities may be added during the school year. Announcements for all activities are sent home during the school year and are also listed on the newsletter calendars.

2015-2016 Barlina House Parent Handbook

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