The newly overhauled early childhood room at the McKinley Park field house is one of many fixes recently implemented at the facility.

Early Learning in McKinley Park Gets Kick from Overhauled Kids Room

Published February 22, 2019

The early learning facilities in the field house at McKinley Park have been overhauled and refreshed for Spring 2019 programs, part of a larger field house clean-up and rehabilitation being spearheaded by new McKinley Park Supervisor Briana Soria. In addition to completely replacing the floor and sub-floor for the early learning room, the room shines with a new paint job, and all old and broken equipment and materials have been removed and replaced.

Early learning instructor Marilyn Camacho said that the improved facilities will support park programs geared toward young children, including play school, story times, the kiddie college and upcoming programs tied to nutrition and healthy eating. "It's a much better environment for kids and parents," she said.

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Also coming to the early education room are sets of bulletin boards provided thanks to the support of the McKinley Park Advisory Council, Soria said.

Soria noted that the schedules for early childhood classes have been adjusted to sync up with popular programs for kids at the gymnastics center at the field house: Parents will be able to drop kids off for back-to-back activities overseen by Chicago Park District staff, Soria said.

Early childhood programming at McKinley Park includes Arts & Crafts, Fun with Food, Moms, Pops & Tots, Music and Movement, Playschool, and Storytime. Registration for Spring 2019 programs, which start in early April and run until early June, begins with online registration opening up on Tuesday, February 26, and in-person registration on Saturday, March 2.

More information about McKinley Park's early learning and other programs, including links to sign up online, is available in the Programs area of McKinley Park page of the Chicago Park Department website.

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