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.


Curious about what a day at Barlina House Preschool looks like?

  • 2023-2024 School Year

    Registration is OPEN for the 2023-204 school year. Click on the program code to link to online registration.
    Classes begin run Sept 5, 2023-May 24, 2024
    • If registering after Aug 1, registration needs to be made in person at the Crystal Lake Park District Administration Building.
    • A $50 non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of registration.
    • A 5% discount is offered for 2nd and 3rd child from same immediate family.
    • Children must be toilet-trained, no pull-ups allowed.
    • Placement available for 3-5 year olds and is based upon your child's age as of Sept 1.


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    2023-2024 3-YEAR OLD CLASSES


    Big Room


    9 AM-12 PM

    Res: $179

    N-Res: $233


    Little Room


    9 AM-12 PM

    Res: $259

    N-Res: $337

    Little Room
    T/TH 9 AM-12 PM Res: $179 N-Res: $233

    2023-2024 4-YEAR OLD CLASSES

    511308-03 Upstairs
    T/TH 9 AM-12 PM Res: $179
    N-Res: $233

    511308-04 Main Level
    M/W/F 9 AM-12 PM Res: $259
    N-Res: $337


    M/W/F 9 AM-12 PM Res: $259
    N-Res: $337


    4 Days 9 AM-12 PM
    Res: $339

    N-Res: $440



    5 Days 9 AM-12 PM Res: $380 N-Res: $494

    Upstairs 2 Days 9 AM-12 PM Res:$179 N-Res: $233


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    E-newsletters are sent via email at the first of each month.

  • Pumpkin Carve Nights 2022

    Daily Schedule

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

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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.

  • 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 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.

    2023 camp info will be available by Feb 15.