Tots Prep Program


Preschool 2Welcome to the Tots Prep Program. We are committed to providing an engaging learning experience for children ages 3 and 4 years old.  We have three locations: The Recreation House at 4301 Elm Ave, The Water Tower Building at 3840 Maple Ave, and the Village Hall Classroom at 8820 Brookfield Ave. The curriculum is designed to develop the social, emotional, and cognitive development of each of our early learners. All children will participate in activities via indoor and outdoor exploration. Both of our facilities host a park and/or large green space. We use learning tools like Jolly Phonics, a synthetic phonics method of teaching the letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory, enabling children to develop toward becoming fluent readers. While we are a play-based program, we strive to follow standards and benchmarks in curriculum instruction.

End of the Year CelebrationProgram Philosophy
The Village of Brookfield’s Recreation Department and the Tots Prep Staff are committed to a philosophy of “learning through play.” Play is regarded by early childhood specialists as a child’s principal means of expression, problem-solving, and developing social skills. Our program and instructors are committed to planning play-based activities designed to encourage a love of learning and skill development preparing participants for later academic success.

Program Goals and CurriculumIt is the goal of the Brookfield Recreation Tots Prep program to plan a diverse, age-appropriate program with a good balance of structured and unstructured activity to help children.

fairychildClick here to read more about our program’s goals and our curriculum guide.

Class Days and Times3-year-old program: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am – 11:30 am

4-year-old program: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Children must be 3 years of age by September 1, for the 3-year-old program and 4 years of age by September 1, for the 4-year-old program.

Facility and Contact Information:Recreation House

Address: 4301 Elm Ave, Brookfield
Phone: (708) – 485 – 5992
Location Instructors:

  • Carolyn Morriss
  • Izzi Markus
Water TowerAddress: 3840 Maple Ave, Brookfield
Phone: (708) – 485 – 2499
Location Instructors:

  • Marcie Westel
  • Kate Brennan
Village Hall ClassroomAddress: 8820 Brookfield Ave, Brookfield
Phone: (708) – 485 – 1703
Location Instructors:

  • Karrie Garza
  • Alexis Haggerty
Parks and Rec. Dept.Address: Lower Level, Brookfield Municipal Building, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
Phone: (708) – 485 – 1474
Tots Prep Supervisor:

  • Kelly Picton
You can contact Kelly Picton for questions and details about the program!

Tots Prep Fees and Payment Information3 Year Old Program

  • $128/month Brookfield Residents
  • $150/month Non-Residents
4 Year Old Program

  • $200/month Brookfield Residents
  • $225/month Non-Residents
$125 Deposit due at time of registration.Monthly payments are due on the 15th of the month, September – May

Parent ManualPlease review this manual as it addresses program philosophy, curriculum, enrollment forms, parent-teacher communication, health policies, and emergency procedures.

Parent Manual 

FacilitiesRecreation House:


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Water Tower


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