Welcome to Thunderbird Preschool

Founded in 1965, Thunderbird Preschool is a family-owned preschool in Crystal Lake, IL with a reputation for excellence in early childhood education. Throughout the years, we have worked to develop warm, long-lasting relationships with both children and families. We are proud to welcome back many alumni each year and currently serve 2nd and 3rd generation families. Thunderbird Preschool is committed to providing caring, fun, and interactive early childhood learning experiences in Crystal Lake, IL.

We provide half-day preschool programs for children ages 2-5. To help each child grow physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively, we place an emphasis on hands-on learning. In addition, our field trips and special events provide families with opportunities to take part in the learning process. All of our teachers are DCFS teacher-qualified and complete CPR & First Aid training annually.

What do parents say?

“Thunderbird has been an amazing start to our children’s schooling.”

“Thank you for the loving, caring, learning environment.”

“Thank you for the wonderful foundation to our children’s education.”

“Our years at Thunderbird have been an amazing journey for both our children and us!”


News & Announcements


If your child was absent on Picture Day or you would like to have their picture retaken, please call the ...
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HOLIDAY PARTIES 12/13, 12/14, 12/17

Families are invited to our Holiday Parties on December 13th, 14th, and 17th.  Please see class calendars for adjusted class ...
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Thunderbird will be closed 12/15-1/2 for Winter Break.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd.  Happy Holidays to all!!! ...
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Registration information for Fall of 2023 will be sent out at the beginning of January. Registration for in-house families will ...
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