Fremont School District 79

Preparing Today's Child for Tomorrow's World

Lincoln Early Learning Center

About Tuition-Based Preschool

Preschool for All

This program is for preschoolers between the ages of three and six. Students qualify for this program based on several criteria. The program is a half-day program, and students may remain in the program up until the beginning of their kindergarten year. Criteria for student’s entry into the program will be reviewed after the student attends Preschool Screening. Parents may sign up for Preschool Screening through the Special Education Department. This program is based on funding through a state grant.
Below are links to developmental checklist (milestones) from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

Life Changer

Olsem Preschool teacher Patti Olsem was recently nominated for a national Life Changer of the Year Award. Her colleagues nominated her because of the leadership qualities she displays at Lincoln Early Learning Center. Please read more about Ms. Olsem on the Life Changer website.


Children at the Lincoln Early Learning Center were entertained with Mundelein Police Department’s Titan, a German Shepherd. Titan is charged with helping the department with arrests and solving village crimes. A trained dog such as this has a specialized set of skills including drug detection through scent and tracking abilities for offenders or missing people. Canine officer Steve Kroll is his handler and trains weekly with the animal. Students learned how the pair worked together as a team. Watch brief video here.


Preschoolers have been seeing first hand how workers in their community help them. Firefighters put out fires, electricians make repairs in bucket trucks high above their heads, and public works employees use large trucks with a scoop to get rid of snow on the streets.

On a particular day, a Mundelein Fire Department firefighter spoke with the children about leaving their home if they smell smoke and finding a safe place to wait. Officer XX explained that firefighters will return to the building to retrieve their toys, books, and cats and dogs.

Lincoln Early Learning Center invites police officers, garbage collectors, and construction workers to meet with the preschoolers.

“It is a way for children to build trust with members of our community and to understand what they do. It helps them understand how a police officer protects a child’s home and how a garbage truck drive keeps the community clean,” said Carol Bennett, principal of Lincoln.

Principal Appreciation

image Lincoln Principal Carol Bennett truly embodies the mission of Fremont School District 79. She cares deeply about our students, our staff, and the community we serve as we prepare today's child for tomorrow's world. In this increasingly complex role, our instructional leadership team collaborates, communicates, and create an inviting and engaging learning organization where our staff and students achieve tremendous success. It is through our building leaders that we continue to move forward.
Dr. Jill Gildea
Fremont Superintendent

Preschool Events