Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is to provide children opportunities to participate in activities that will develop them socially, emotionally and intellectually into self-assured children. Barlina House Preschool is a Crystal Lake Park District program and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Our instructors are Early Childhood Educators, AED/CPR and First Aid Certified.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is in line with Illinois Early Learning Standards. Through play and a semi-structured schedule, the children will have opportunities to engage in language, literacy, math and science activities along with art, music and dramatic play for self-expression.


  • 2020-2021 School Year

    Classes begin Tuesday, September 8 or Wednesday, September 9, 2020

    Families currently enrolled in Barlina House Preschool may now register for the 2020-2021 School Year.

    New students may register (online or in person) beginning January 6, 2020

    If registering after Aug 1, registration needs to be made in person at the Crystal Lake Park District Administration Building.

    If registering after Aug 1, the $50 registration fee AND first tuition payment will be due at time of registration.

    A 5% discount is offered for 2nd and 3rd child from same immediate family.



    Big Room


    9 AM-12 PM

    Res: $159

    Non-Res: $169


    Big Room


    9 AM-12 PM

    Res: $239

    Non-Res: $249


    511305-03 Upstairs
    T/TH 9 AM-12 PM Res: $159 Non-Res: $169
    511305-04 Main Level
    M/W/F 9 AM-12 PM Res: $239 Non-Res: $249
    511305-05 Upstairs
    M/W/F 9 AM-12 PM Res: $239 Non-Res: $249
    511305-07 Upstairs
    4 Days 9 AM-12 PM Res: $319 Non-Res: $329
    511305-08 Upstairs
    5 Days 9 AM-12 PM Res: $360 Non-Res: $370

    *please note: as of 8/6/20, all 4 year old classes are full. Please contact Sam Thompson at with enrollment questions.

  • Calendar


    AUG 19
    Aug 2019
    SEPT 19
    Sept 2019
    OCT 19
    Oct 2019 Oct 2019
    NOV 19
    Nov 2019 Nov 2019
    DEC 19
    Dec 2019 Dec 2019
    JAN 20
    Jan 2020 Jan 2020
    FEB 20
    Feb 2020
    Feb 2020
    MAR 20
    Mar 2020

    End of School Year Info Due to Covid-19 Stay at Home Situation (April 21,, 2020)

  • Daily Schedule

    Here is a sample of what our day looks like at Barlina House Preschool

    Print the daily schedule


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  • Tours and contact information


    Donna MacCrindle, Barlina House Preschool Director,

    815-477-5403 or email

    Email to Request a tour

    Did you know that we Accept Registration Year Round?

    We accept registration year-round, space permitting. Contact Donna MacCrindle at 815.477.5403, to discuss availability.

  • EXPLORE WITH BARLINA house preschool

    The Preschool Summer Camp Program was developed to promote positive social experiences for your preschool-age child. Your tot's adventure will consist of exploring different park district sites this summer including the Racket Club, Woodscreek Splash Pad, the Golf Learning Center and other parks. One day each week we will meet at one of these sites. Come join the Barlina House experience!

    Ages 3-5 9:15 -11:30 am

    Campers must be toilet trained. Registration deadline is 5 days prior to start of camp.

    View Barlina camp info


    None at this time.