Founded by a group of can-do mothers during World War II, Hinsdale Community Preschool prepares to kick off a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

The History of Hinsdale Community Preschool The idea for a community nursery school was conceived in the spring of 1942. A meeting was called by Mrs. Eugene Kettering and attended by interested parents. Ms. McNamara, Superintendent of Elementary Public School Instruction, addressed the group on the need for a nursery school in the Hinsdale area to better prepare the children for kindergarten. Mrs. Rutherford and Mrs. Burgess then assumed responsibility for organizing the school.

In September of 1942, twenty children, ages 3 and 4, met in the dining room of the old Community House under the supervision of one teacher and two helpers.

The enrollment fee in September of 1942-1943 was $1.00 with tuition being set at $10.00 a month or $8.00 a month if a mother would give two mornings a week as a "mother's helper."

The school was incorporated as Hinsdale Community Nursery School, Inc. in 1948. It was then moved to the Unitarian Church basement. Enrollment had doubled and the group was split into two units forming the "Junior School" for 3 year old students and the "Senior School" for 4 year old students. The Junior School remained at the Unitarian Church while the Senior School occupied new quarters in the Memorial Building.

In September of 1956-57 the Hinsdale Community Nursery school moved into the Community House where it is currently housed.

79 years later, we continue to stay true to our roots and our educational mission that our founders began in the early 1940's. We are proud to have touched so many lives and to have provided excellent early education to so many young children over the past 79 years! We look forward to many more children walking through our preschool doors.

Upcoming Events

June Events

Tuesday, June 7th – All Preschool Friends Meet-up 10:30am to 11:30am at Dietz Park in Hinsdale

Monday, June 13th - Senor Class Meet-up 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Melin Park, Hinsdale

Thursday, June 16th - Junior Class Meet-up 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Irma Butler Toddler Park next to The Community House in Hinsdale

Monday, June 20th – All Preschool Classes Meet-up from 11:00am to 12:00pm at The Farmer’s Market in Hinsdale – bring a picnic lunch and a blanket!

Monday, June 27th – Just for Me Two class Meet-up from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Irma Butler Toddler Park next to The Community House in Hinsdale

July Events

Monday July 4th, 10:00am, Hinsdale Independence Day Parade, Meet at Robbins Park

Monday, July 11th, Frankie Ace Magic, 6:30pm - 7:30pm, Hinsdale Library
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Wednesday, July 13th - Story Hour with HCP Teachers!, 10:00am - 11:00am
Hinsdale Library Community Meeting Room

Thursday July 14th - Uniquely Thursdays, 6:00pm Burlington Park
Look for HCP Red Balloons

Monday, July 18th - Just for Me Two Class Meet-Up, 10:00am - 11:00am
Burns Field Park, 498 West North St., Hinsdale

Friday, July 22nd - Senior Class Meet-Up , 1:00pm -2:00pm, Dietz Park
705 S. Adams St, Hinsdale

Saturday July 23rd - HCP Parent’s Night Out - Details to come

Tuesday July 26th - All Preschool Classes Meet-Up, 3:00 - 4:00, Prospect Park
Look for HCP sign, Norfolk Ave & Gilbert Ave, Clarendon Hills

Thursday, July 28th - Junior Class Meet-Up, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Robbins Park

August Events

Monday August 1st – All Preschool Classes Meet-up, 10:00-11:00
Ty Warner Park, 800 N Blackhawk Drive, Westmont
Look for HCP Sign

Thursday August 11th - Uniquely Thursdays, Burlington Park 6:00pm
Look for HCP Red Balloons

Wednesday August 17th – All Preschool Classes Meet-Up, 3:30-4:30, Willow Pond Park Splash Pad, Plainfield Rd & Adams St, Willowbrook – Look for HCP Sign

Saturday, August 20th - All Preschool Classes Meet-up, 10:00-11:00, Robbins Park
Look for the HCP Sign

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