Mundelein Park and Recreation District • 1401 N. Midlothian Rd. • Mundelein, IL 60060  • 847.566.0650 •
Celebrating 60 Years with Our Community! 1954 - 2014
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Big & Little Child Development Center (for ages 2 to 6)

With more than 25 years serving the community, Big & Little is a great place for your child to learn, grow and make friends. The state-licensed center hosts up to 103 children, ages 2 to 6. Our professionally-trained staff provide a fun, engaging and educational environment. Six, kid-friendly classrooms are designed for 16–18 children, based on the overall age of the children served.

Children at Big & Little enjoy the facility’s full-sized gym, Spray Park, for a summertime treat with special water/play activity areas just for younger children, and a private, fenced playground. Big & Little offers convenient child care from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round, excluding major holidays. Full and part-time schedule options as well as a morning preschool help meet the needs of working families.

Big & Little Child Development CenterAbout Our Program

At Big & Little, your child is provided with a warm, nurturing, stimulating, and challenging environment that promotes social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. Our goal is to help your child experience the joy of learning, instill a sense of curiosity, and provide an atmosphere of discovery and exploration. Big & Little stresses activities that facilitate language development, increase sensory awareness, and enhance an understanding of the environment. Independence, self-confidence, and positive self-esteem are encouraged.


Our theme-based curriculum provides a wide variety of activities and interest areas. Cooperative play is encouraged while meeting developmental needs. Our daily schedule provides ample opportunity for active and quiet activities as well as both fine and gross motor activities.


Learning is FUN!

Daily activities include:

  • Circle Time
  • Art, Dramatic Play and Blocks
  • Science/Discovery Center
  • Manipulatives
  • Language Arts
  • Sensory Motor Activities
  • Music/Movement
  • Library Corner
  • Computers
  • Cooking Activities and Field Trips

    The Mundelein Park & Recreation District is a proud IAPD/IPRA Distinguished Accredited Agency (learn more).


Tuition Schedule

Full Time (5 full days per week)
Cost: $212/week (1 child) • $410/week (2 children)

Part Time, Regular (Daily)
Cost: $49/day (1 child) • $95/day (2 children)

Part Time, Regular (Hourly; /4-hour minimum)
Cost: $7.50/hour (1 child) • $14.25/hour (2 children)

Preschool (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) (2-day minimum)
Cost: $30/day (1 child) • $57/day (2 children)


Big & Little Child Development Center is located on N. Midlothian Road, between Route 176 and Winchester Road (part of the Mundelein Community Center), in Mundelein.
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Big & Little Child Development Center

1401 N. Midlothian Road
Mundelein, IL 60060
847-566-0650, ext. 20
847-566-0650 (Main)
847-388-5440 (direct dial)
Laurie Gembara, Director of Big & Little

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free 866/632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech difficulties may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800/877-8339; or 800/845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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