Preschool & After-School Programs

Orchard Downs Pre-School and Junior Club

Orchard Downs Pre-School offers activities to enhance the social, emotional, physical, and mental growth of pre-school children. Set in Orchard Downs with its unique blending of social and cultural backgrounds, the school provides a stimulating environment for the individual growth of each child.

Orchard Downs Pre-School is a part of Family & Graduate Housing and follows the University calendar.

We offer a half-day program from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and a full-day program from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Classes operate when the University is in session.

The Pre-School is open to children ages 3-5 years old who are toilet trained. New students are welcome to enroll at any time. The Pre-School is a license-exempt program by the State of Illinois under the Child Care Act of 1969. You are welcome to download our informational brochure (pdf).

We also offer the Jr. Club Program for children enrolled in the Orchard Downs Pre-School. Jr. Club offers extended hours from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30pm. Class size is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis.

The Orchard Downs Pre-School is located in the Family & Graduate Housing Community Center, 510 W. George Huff Drive, Urbana IL 61801. We can be reached by phone at (217) 333-3497.

Special Features

  • Specialized English instruction
  • Choice of a half-day program or a full-day program
  • Experienced, university-educated instructors
  • Competitive tuition
  • Enjoyable opportunities for each child to develop social skills and to participate in self-paced experiences in art, math, music, literature, and science
  • An adult-to-child ratio of 1 to 8
  • Quality facilities, well-equipped with educational materials
  • Convenient location within walking distance of the Orchard Downs apartments
  • An adventure playground and open spaces near the school to explore  


To register your child, call (217) 333-3497 or contact Family & Graduate Housing at (217) 333-5656. All registration and health forms must be completed before children may attend. The application may also be submitted in person to the Family & Graduate Housing office or to the Pre-School directly.

Pre-School Forms & Resources 

Kids' Club After-School Program

Kids' Club is an after-school program for Orchard Downs residents. Serving children ages five to ten years old, the program meets Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center. Children participate in a variety of activities offering social, recreational, and educational opportunities. Some of the activities include arts and crafts, games, sports, outdoor play, and cooking. A monthly calendar details the daily activities including field trips, guest speakers, and special cultural celebrations. A highlight of the after school program is the America Reads Tutoring program, which gives children the option to meet with tutors for homework  assistance. A major event of the after school program is the Kids’ Club Talent Show. Information about Kids’ Club is advertised in the Orchard Downs newsletter, the Neighborly News

Contact Information

Family & Graduate Housing
1841 Orchard Place
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3497