Steel Tots - Joliet Central Campus

Steel Tots Preschool is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.   The Joliet Central Steel Tots Preschool is a lab setting that allows high school students the opportunity to teach in an on site preschool. The program welcomes three, four and five year old children.

Andrea Richardson

Joliet Central

Program Dates/Times

Preschool will usually be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  Some weeks it may change due to our high school schedule.  Typically, preschool runs from 8:25 am-1:00 pm but that is subject to change each school year.

The first semester of preschool will begin the middle of October and run through December. The second semester of preschool will begin in February and run through April.

A detailed calendar will be sent out after you have registered your child.  If you would like further information before registration, please call for details.

Program Cost

The cost for each semester is around $150.00 (based on the number of days running).  This includes snack for each day and all of the supplies needed throughout the session.  You are responsible for your child’s lunch, folder and backpack.  Payment can be made with Cash, Check, or Money orders.

Steel Tots Enrollment

Enrollment will be on a first come, first serve basis.  The only guarantee of enrollment is payment in full before the first day of preschool.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in our preschool program, please fill out the enclosed application and return it with payment* to:

Joliet Central High School
Andrea Richardson
201 E. Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432

Cash, Checks, and Money Orders accepted.  All payments due before the first day of the session or payment plan arranged. Enrollment is 1st come 1st serve with payment.

After payment has been received, we will mail you:

  • Receipt
  • Physical form that needs to be signed by your pediatrician & returned by the 1st day of school
  • Calendar of preschool dates, themes, colors, etc.
  • Parent handbook.


Tiger Tots - Joliet West Campus 

Tiger Tots is a program designed to give high school students a chance to work with preschool children.  The Tiger Tots program is run within the 3 levels of Child Care classes, Child Development,  Occupational; Child Care 1 and 2.  High school students prepare by studying characteristics of children and developing lessons for the Tiger Tots and actually teaching them.  While high school students teach, others observe the children and how they act socially, emotionally and cognitively. The students also do modules that are designed by the state of Illinois Gateways Program for work with children, and if completed they will receive a certificate of completion which enables them to have that requirement completed if they work in a DCFS licensed child care center.

Kelly Gricius

Joliet West

Program Dates/Times

The program at West runs Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 8:30 am to 12:50 pm.  Students bring their lunch and snack with them. Also a back back is helpful for all of their supplies and projects.

Program Cost

The program cost $150 for 13 weeks of classes usually beginning in October and then again in February with a break in December and January.

Tiger Tots Enrollment

To enroll, please email for the enrollment information. Tiger Tots location at Joliet West HIgh School is in Room 124.