Libertyville’s Cooperative Community Preschool


Est.  1945


















Quality Pre-school Education for Bright Futures



Upcoming Events


The 2016 Passport to Libertyville  - The 2016 Passport to Libertyville coupon book is now available and will be valid starting on January 1, 2016. For just $25, you get:



Holiday Party - On December 4th we will be getting in the holiday spirit by shopping during Libertyville's "First Friday."

So grab some friends and get some much needed holiday shopping done. Then let's all meet upstairs at O'Toole's at 8:00 to share a few drinks and enjoy the holiday season. No RSVP needed. Just book your babysitter and get ready for a good time! We look forward to seeing you there!



December Parent Coffee - Please join us for some coffee, treats, and discussion at our parent coffee on Wednesday, December 9th at 9AM (after drop-off).  The topic this month will be potty training.



Communities Served

LCNS serves Libertyville, Green Oaks, Vernon Hills, Mettawa, Mundelein and Grayslake

with core pre-school classes based on age-appropriate, guided play learning; enrichment programs for 4- & 5-year olds that emphasize the arts, sciences and applied learning; and lunchtime fun  for:


LCNS also offers a unique introductory program, Mom & Me, that helps introduce kids who are a bit too young for our core programs to the educational experience, in a warm, inviting environment.



Our Philosophy

For more than 65 years, LCNS has been recognized as an innovator in preschool education and a pillar in the greater Libertyville area community.  


This level of excellence can only come about when there is a continuing commitment that spans generations and welcomes newcomers.  Our dynamic curriculum is based on fundamentals that have proven to be effective.  Our well-credentialed staff of professional educators make learning personal and fun.


At LCNS, we firmly believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the passion for curiosity.  The early love of learning develops and serves them throughout their lives.  Our play-based approach capitalizes on the normal curiosity and interests of children.


LCNS is wholly dedicated to providing the encouragement and age-appropriate, child-centered curriculum that provides learning experiences to develop a child’s skills, confidence and overall aptitude.  Learning through active participation brings meaning and interest to a child’s world.


Today, this dedication to innovation and excellence is more important than ever.  As the Illinois elementary education system adopts the new Common Core curriculum standards, our students will need to apply sound learning methods while having confidence in their skills.  In basic terms, Common core is about covering fewer subjects in more depth, so the focus is on repeatable learning skills and the ability to interact and communicate, rather than remembering details from a broad range of topics.


At LCNS, that dovetails with the educational philosophy we’ve advocated for years.  Play-based learning is not only child-centered, but also child-initiated, where teachers act as facilitators within an active, collaborative environment.  Children are guided through developmentally appropriate activities that encourage creative and purposeful investigation.  Play-based learning promotes all areas of development, including language, self-regulation, fine/gross motor skills and cognitive functioning.  In an effort to support all types of learners, we recognize that play is the work of the child.




2016 Passport to Libertyville now available for purchase!

Save all year with the community businesses that support LCNS – please show your appreciation through your patronage.  Many of these valuable offers allow you to earn back your $25 contribution in just one transaction!


Why Playful Learning is The Key To Prosperity  [Forbes, April 10, 2014]


Picking the right preschool for your child   [Libertyville Patch, Feb. 7, 2012]   


Questions to Ask: When Looking for a Preschool


Testimonials: What LCNS Parents Have to Say



Learn more today!  

Visit one of our two campuses, meet the staff, and see directed, play-based learning in action.  Call the office at 847 367-0926, or email  We’d love to meet you, and welcome your child!


You’re also encouraged to get independent perspectives… We offer opportunities to talk ‘off line’ to current parents about their experience and the positive benefits they’ve seen in the LCNS experience for their children.



Support LCNS

The active and ongoing involvement of our parents and alumni are among our greatest measures of success, and our

community-based fundraising and generous donor support help keep LCNS an affordable and nurturing environment for kids in our community.


LCNS is a 501(c-3) registered not-for-profit organization that has been in continuous operation since 1945. Donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.  LCNS is non-denominational and fully certified by the State if Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for staff and facilities.