Tots Prep Program


Welcome to the Tots Prep Program. We are committed to providing an engaging learning experience for children ages 3 and 4 years old.  We have two locations: The Recreation House at 4301 Elm Ave. and The Water Tower Building at 3840 Maple 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. Currently, classes take place in-person and on Zoom, depending on the needs of the family and IDPH health recommendations.

Program 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 Curriculum

It 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.

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

Class Days and Times

3-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 August 31, 2021, for the 3-year-old program and 4 years of age by August 31, 2021, for the 4-year-old program.

Facility and Contact Information:

Recreation House

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

Water Tower

  • Address: 3840 Maple Ave, Brookfield
  • Phone: (708) – 485 – 2499
  • Location Instructors:
    • Marcie Westel
    • Carolyn Morriss

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 Information

3 Year Old Program

  • $112/month Brookfield Residents
  • $144/month Non-Residents

4 Year Old Program

  • $175/month Brookfield Residents
  • $202/month Non-Residents

$125 Deposit due at time of registration.  Monthly payments are due on the 15th of the month, September – May.

Important Dates and Calendar

  • Jan. 6 – Jan. 29:  Early Registration for current Tots Prep Families
  • Feb. 1: Open Registration for the 2021-2022 Tots Prep Program.
  • May 26: 4 Year Old Class Graduation Program
  • May 28: 3 Year Old Class Last Day and Spring Program
  • Sept. 2: Open House for Registered Families
    • 9 am – 9:45 am: 3 Year Old Class
    • 10 am – 10:45 am: 4 year Old Class
  • Sept. 7: First Day of School for 3 Year Old Class
  • Sept. 8: First Day of School for 4 Year Old Class

Click here for our full calendar!

Important Documents


These are forms necessary to turn in to successfully enroll your child in our Tots Prep Program.

Completed forms should be emailed to  or dropped off at the Parks and Rec Offices before Aug. 31.

Tots Prep Newsletters

These are recent newsletters from the Tot’s Prep Program

4-year-old Program
3-year-old Program

Parent Manual

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

Parent Manual 


Recreation House:

Water Tower