We are excited to announce we have added a classroom exclusively for am/pm part-time preschoolers! This preschool program is open to children between the ages of 3 - 5 years-old.  We currently have spots available for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.  Please contact info@opfs.org if interested.


AM/PM Preschool

 We are proud to welcome Alissa Lonergan and Karen Lembcke to our teaching staff!


Alissa taught preschool in the Star Room (2 & 3-year-old classroom) at Pilgrim Community Nursery School in Oak Park from 2010 to 2017. She has a Masters in Social Work and previously worked in an early intervention program for children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. Alissa believes in a play-based approach to early childhood education and values creating strong partnerships with the important adults in her students' lives. She lives in Oak Park with her husband and 3 children. All 3 of Alissa's kids went to Irving School where she co-led the Parent Outreach and Support Group for 10 years.


Karen taught at Pilgrim Community Nursery School for four years in the 4-year-old classroom and recently, three years in the 2-year-old classroom.  She has an Elementary Education degree, has done coursework in Early Childhood Educations, and attends continuing education workshops and seminars.  She and her husband have lived in Oak Park since 1999 and have two adult daughters.  Karen is an avid quilter and geocacher and loves to travel and read.



Our program is flexible and you may choose your child's schedule (days you would like your child to attend). We follow the district 97 calendar and are closed the same days the district is closed. 

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Joining our part-time preschool program is a great way to become part of the Oak Park Friends community.  Once you are a current family, you are able to join the priority wait list as a current family. 

‚ÄčOur am/pm preschool follows the same emergent curriculum we develop and implement as a whole school, beginning by introducing themes and allowing the interests/inquiries of the children to guide our planning. We are a play based school and plan a variety of activities and staged play for our students to explore with a balance of language, sensory, fine and gross motor, art, math, music, science, cognitive, and social emotional concepts. 


AM 8:15 -11:15

PM 12:15 -3:15