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  • Overview

    Our preschool program features developmentally appropriate theme-based learning in a caring atmosphere. Hands-on, sensory experiences are used to help understand concepts in pre-reading, writing skills, math skills, problem-solving, and oral skills.  Our art projects focus on the learning process. To meet the individual needs of each preschool child we structure our instruction around a small group style. Fostering self-esteem in each child begins with the caring, nurturing, and low child-to-teacher ratio that we provide. 

    The curriculum focuses on many themes that encourage children to build on their natural curiosity about the world around them including important life skills like cooperation, problem-solving, following directions, and respect for others.


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  • Purpose

    The Technology Campus Preschool serves as a training experience for high school juniors and seniors who wish to prepare for careers in the Early Childhood Education field. Children attend this preschool as part of the high school students’ learning experience.

    The Technology Campus Preschool complies with Illinois State Licensing Standards. The facility includes two preschool classrooms, two high school classrooms, a conference room, and a fenced-in outdoor play area. To learn more about our teachers, head to the bottom of the page!


    2021-2022 Enrollment is Open Now!

    Please use the forms below and submit them to Jenn Porreca, EET Instructor.  

    2021-2022 Application Form*

    *We require a copy of your child's birth certificate and a $50 deposit to secure your child's enrollment.  You may email a scanned copy of the birth certificate with the application form, submit it in person, or via mail with your payment (checks payable to Tech Campus).


    Children must be 3 years of age by September 1 and must be able to use the toilet independently.


    Email notification of your enrollment status will be sent via email if space is available for the 2019-2020 school year. The classroom and session assignment will be included in this email. Acceptance of an available slot will require a $50.00 registration fee payable to Tech Campus.


    The Technology Campus Preschool is only offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There are two available sessions; mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., and afternoons from 1:05 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.


    Session Full Year Half Year (Semester)
    Morning $780.00 $390.00
    Afternoon $210.00 $105.00

    *Tuition includes the cost to cover the vision and hearing testing fee.  This test will be conducted through the Lake County Health Department.

    Required Supplies

    • 2 - 1" inch white binder with clear front pocket - unlabeled (which will become your child's scrapbook)
    • 2 Clorox Wipe Containers
    • 2 boxes of kleenex
    • 2 rolls of paper towel
    • 1 box clear sheet protector pages (thicker quality preferred)
    • 1 box quart sized Ziploc bags
    • 1 box gallon sized Ziploc bags
    • 1 can of shaving cream
    • 2 large gluesticks
    • 1 – 4x6 family photo

    Downloadable Forms/Documents

    Should your child require the use of medication, such as an Epi pen to be kept at school, this form is additionally needed.   Medical Form


    For questions, please contact Jenn Porreca, EET Instructor.

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    Ms. Kara Garbutt - AM Panda Teacher/PM Bears Teacher

    Hi! My name is Kara Garbutt. I graduated from Illinois State University with my Bachelor's in Family and Consumer Sciences, endorsements in Wellness and Hospitality and Interior Design, and a certificate in Career and Technical Education. My overall career focus is Child Development and Teaching which flourished when I was a student at Tech Campus years ago! 

    I have an English bulldog, Ellie, who is a spunky, playful pup! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, antique shopping, and making  DIY projects!

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    Ms. Nicole Bacarella - AM Koala Teacher/PM Bears Teacher

    Hello! My name is Nicole Bacarella. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University with my Bachelors in Elementary Education, a minor in teaching English as a Second Language, and a certification in Career and Technical Education. I am married and I have 2 daughters (2 and 4 years old) and a sweet dog named Vito. During my free time I enjoy reading, baking, and doing crafts.

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    Ms. Jenn Porreca - 2nd Year Instructor

    Hello! My name is Jenn Porreca. I graduated from National Louis University with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Behavioral Science with a focus on Leadership. I also earned a Master's degree from National Louis in Early Childhood Administration, and certification in Career and Technical Education. Education is my passion and early childhood has been my focus since attending the Tech Campus Early Childhood program many years ago. 

    In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, friends, and my black lab Remi.