UCECP 3’s Preschool


OFFERED: Monday, Wednesday and Friday AND/OR Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 — 11:30

This program embraces many facets of the developing child. Free choice play is a key part of our day. It is during this time that children learn to interact with their peers by sharing, using their “words” to communicate their needs, wants and feelings, and to choose freely from among several learning centers which provide academic challenges, creative outlets, fine motor skill-building, literacy activities, sensory experiences, science exploration and dramatic play.

This program focuses on the following goals:

  • To foster healthy social-emotional development by offering a warm, interesting, engaging and safe environment in which all children feel comfortable
  • To facilitate rewarding large group activities in an effort for children to recognize their own ability to control themselves during a group experience
  • To engage children in thought-provoking small group academic and



Based upon the varied needs of three year-olds and their families, we offer Big Day to extend and enrich the day for your child.


The Big Day Program includes lunch with friends, free choice play, and enrichment activities. Big Day is offered on a day-to-day basis.

• Extending a 3’s Preschool day until 2:00 available: Tuesday – Friday


Registration is $120 for the first child and $75 for the second child. This registration fee covers all processing expenses. Fees include a supply charge for consumable items that are used within the classrooms. The registration fee is non-refundable and due at time of registration.

  • Tuition is collected a month in advance.
  • Members of the Union Church of Hinsdale receive a 10% discount on tuition.



The Union Church Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Illinois. We follow the teacher-to-child ratio mandated by the state.

The 3’s Preschool program has three teachers for 20 children. This ratio surpasses the requirements established by the state and provides your child with the best learning experience.


Beth Sauders – Beth has worked with children/families since 1997. She is a certified teacher and has a Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Before joining the UCECP in 2011, Ms. Sauders taught child development courses for four years at the high school level.

Lizzie King – Lizzie first came to the UCECP as a parent. She became a teacher with the UCECP in 2010. Ms. King has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis on child development. “I love the excite- ment for learning our preschoolers have, and I love fostering that enthusiasm with fun and compassion.”

Gayle Borel – Gayle is a certified teacher with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education. Prior to joining the UCECP staff in 2004, Ms. Borel enjoyed a career in Public Relations and Professional Development as a Corporate Training Officer, and held many leadership positions with children’s ministries and Scouting. “My favorite aspect of teaching is witnessing the joy of discovery in a child’s eyes.”

Jennifer Hickerson – Jen has been with the ECP for over 15 years. She holds a degree in Recreation and several years of experience with elementary school-aged children. Ms. Hickerson has been a part of many different programs at the UCECP. “I enjoy being a part of the discoveries my students make during their time in three’s preschool.”

Gayle Bueser – Ms. Bueser holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Moraine Valley Community College. “I love to see the growth and development the children in our school make from year to year. There are also some wonderful friendships built here not only for the children but for their families as well.”

Jean Bergin – Ms. Bergin joined the UCECP staff in 2015. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Art and Design from Iowa State University, and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from DePaul. “I enjoy working with young children and using my creative background to teach. I embrace young imaginations and encourage creative thinking. I enjoy every day I spend in the classroom.”


5, 3 OR 2 days per week 9:00 – 11:30 (minimum age: 3 years old by September 30)

Classes meet:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: $325 per month
Tuesday and Thursday: $325 per month

Additional Enhancements include:

$310 per month $220 per month

extending the 3’s Preschool day until 2:00
Tuesday — Friday: $135 per weekday per month