Preschool & After-School Programs

Orchard Downs Preschool

Set in Orchard Downs with its unique blending of social and cultural backgrounds, the school provides a stimulating and diverse environment for the individual growth of each child. The preschool accepts children ages 3 to 5 years old who are toilet trained. The preschool welcomes residents of University Housing and Champaign-Urbana community members. Classes operate during the academic year while the University is in session, following the University of Illinois Academic calendar. We welcome new students throughout the school year, however we stop taking students April 1st for the current school year.

Special Features

  • Tuition discounts for Orchard Downs residents
  • Small class with individualized instruction
  • Convenient location within walking distance to the Orchard Downs apartments
  • Onsite playground and open space near the school
  • Full Day classroom: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Extended care afterschool program (Jr. Club): available until 5:30 p.m.

Learning Experience

We plan thoughtful activities for children to develop social, emotional and physical skills, gain independence, practice critical thinking and improve listening. We focus on building self-esteem, confidence, and a love of learning in everything we do. Our curriculum is built around a weekly theme and includes self-paced experiences in art, music, literature, math and science. We fully prepare children to ease into their next level of education in U.S. or global schools.

The foundation of our programming is based on the diverse blend of social and cultural backgrounds that make up our apartment communities. We use culturally-based resources and curriculum to help educate and bridge differences. Reading and language centers have a special forces on English as a Second Language (ESL) skills.

Personal Attention

We are a small school which enables us to be both teacher and child directed. Teachers and staff deliver personalized instruction to your child to meet their individual needs. The Full-day class size is 15 to 18 children with 2 teachers. We also have student workers and volunteers in our classrooms throughout the year.


To register your child, please complete this form. 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 Preschool directly. There is a non-refundable $50 registration fee due at the time of application submission. This fee reserves a space for your child.

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If you are interested in a tour to take a closer look at our classrooms or would like to meet our teachers please contact Family & Graduate Housing at (217) 333-5656.

Preschool Forms & Resources 

Kids Club After School Program

Kids Club

Kids Club is an after-school program for Orchard Downs residents. Serving children ages five to ten years old. Kids Club meets Monday to Friday at 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Orchard Dows 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 guest speakers, and special cultural celebrations. A highlight of the after school program is the America Reads Tutoring program, which gives children the opportunity to meet with tutors for homework assistance. Information about Kids Club is advertised in the Orchard Downs newsletter, the Neighborly News. To register for Kids Club, please complete this form.

Contact Information

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

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