PlayWorks Prep: A Therapeutic Preschool Preparatory Program

PlayWorks Prep is an interdisciplinary therapeutic program for children with developmental differences. Our programs serve children ages 2 to 5 years old with developmental delays that may include:

  • Speech and language delays
  • Cognitive delays
  • Social-emotional delays and/or difficulties with social interaction
  • Sensory processing challenges
  • Behavioral challenges

We believe social-emotional development and sensory integration are fundamental in building the relationships necessary for children to engage in active learning. PlayWorks Prep uses a global developmental model that relies on individualization of intervention through a unique understanding of each child’s full developmental profile. Curriculum is rooted in our extensive knowledge of the natural progression of child development and tailored to provide appropriate scaffolding to support each child’s ability to learn new skills and engage in meaningful interactions with their family, peers, and environment.

PlayWorks Prep is co-led by an interdisciplinary team of therapists comprised of occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, and/or developmental therapists. This program is play-based and combines aspects of both child-led and adult-led evidenced-based treatment modalities to create an eclectic program with the “just right” challenge for each child. We work to prepare children for a classroom setting by developing play skills, increasing tolerance for group routines, developing social communication skills, practicing transitions, and encouraging attention and task completion.

PlayWorks Prep is a tuition-based program. The occupational therapy, speech therapy, and social work portions of tuition are billable to insurance. For more information, please contact our office at (773) 332-9439 or email us at info@playworkschicago.com.

School Year Programs

2019 – 2020 PlayWorks Prep

Enrollment for the 2019 - 2020 school year program is currently full!

Dates: September 4, 2019 – Friday, May 29, 2020

Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Ages: 3 to 5 years old

2020 – 2021 PlayWorks Prep

Open enrollment begins March 16, 2020

Dates: September 8, 2020 – Thursday, June 3, 2021

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ages: 3 to 5 years old

2020 – 2021 PlayWorks Prep Junior

Open enrollment begins March 16, 2020

Dates: September 11, 2020 – Friday, June 4, 2021

Days: Fridays

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Ages: 2 to 3 years old

Optional School Year Add-Ons:

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is an opportunity for PlayWorks Prep students to eat lunch in a social setting. This group has a daily fee.

Dates: September 8, 2020 – Thursday, June 3, 2021

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ages: 3 to 5

Families can choose to have their child attend one, two, three, or four days a week.

Food Explorers!

Food Explorers is one-to-one feeding therapy that takes place in a group setting. This service is billable to insurance. There is a monthly food fee of $20 that is not billable to insurance.

Dates: September 8, 2020 – Thursday, June 3, 2021

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ages: 3 to 5

Families can choose to have their child attend one, two, three, or four days a week.

Summer Programs

2020 PlayWorks Prep: Therapeutic Summer Camp

Dates: Monday, June 22, 2020 – Thursday, August 20, 2020

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ages: 3 to 5 years old

2020 PlayWorks Prep Junior: Therapeutic Summer Camp

Dates: Friday, June 26, 2020 – Friday, August 21, 2020

Days: Fridays

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Ages: 2 to 3 years old

2020 PlayWorks Prep: Therapeutic Afternoon Mini Summer Camp

Dates: Tuesday June 23, 2020 – Thursday, August 20, 2020

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Time: 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Ages: 3 to 5 years old

Optional Summer Camp Add-Ons:

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is an opportunity for PlayWorks Prep students to eat lunch in a social setting. This group has a daily fee.

Dates: Monday, June 22, 2020 – Thursday, August 20, 2020

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ages: 3 to 5

Families can choose to have their child attend one, two, three, or four days a week.

Food Explorers!

Food Explorers is one-to-one feeding therapy that takes place in a group setting. This service is billable to insurance. There is a monthly food fee of $20 that is not billable to insurance.

Dates: Monday, June 22, 2020 – Thursday, August 20, 2020

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ages: 3 to 5

Families can choose to have their child attend one, two, three, or four days a week.