Bernie’s Book Drive

Beginning Monday, September 9thLPP will be collecting new and gently used books to be donated to Bernie’s Book Bank.  The drive will last through September 19th.  We are looking for tenparent volunteers to help sort, sticker and package children’s books at the Bernie’s Processing Center in Lake Bluffon September 20th from 9:30-11:30am.  If interested in volunteering, please email Alison at  We are hoping to collect over 1,500books for children in need!

Return to Zambia

On July 19th, two of our LPP teachers, Mr. David Feldman and Ms. Kelly Dicken, along with Sharon Kozek and her family, will be traveling to Zambia to visit our friends at Hope Community School. Following LPP’s initial visit to Hope School in January of 2017 to help establish new preschool classrooms, the desire to address the tremendous need for high-quality books led to LPP providing new textbooks for each student that year. That desire then grew into LPP’s vision and commitment to build and sustain programming for Hope School’s very own library. Construction and planning for the library has been underway over the past year and now that it is complete, an opening ceremony and celebration will be held during their visit. The library will open up enormous possibilities for the young learners at Hope, who until now, have had very little access to reading materials outside of the classroom. Just as with the preschool classrooms, there is tremendous excitement for the library at Hope. Students and teachers alike have been anxiously awaiting the day for this grand project to be complete and to having a beautiful space to gather, read and learn together.

A special thank you to our LPP community of families and staff, whose continued belief in us make it possible to create these types of opportunities and impact for children both locally and globally. You can catch glimpses of their adventures on our Instagram page –@lppreschools. To learn more about our partnership with Hope Community School in Zambia, visit us at

Family Learning Programs Summer Session Registration

Looking for something fun to do with your Toddler? Know someone who is interested in learning more about LPP? Registration for Summer Sessions of our Family Learning Programs opens on Tuesday, May 7th. These classes are adult and child classes for children ages 12 to 30 months and are open to existing LPP families or families who are new to LPP. Registration can be completed at our website,

Please reach out to Alison Burkhart at with any questions.

with a Purpose

Since the founding of Lincoln Park Preschool almost 25 years ago, owner and founder Sharon Kozek has placed a high value on providing life-changing experiences for her exceptional staff. The impact of a unique work perk she created at LPP has been both personal and global.
LPP’s Vacation with a Purpose program has been a dream come true for staff seeking opportunities to travel abroad and reach children in need around the world. LPP teachers have ventured to over a dozen locations, including Ecuador, Mexico, Zambia and Thailand. While abroad, teachers are given paid time off and a travel stipend to do impact work with children and women in adverse circumstances.
In addition to teacher-selected locations that go through an approval process, LPP sends a group of teachers to Ndola, Zambia to visit Hope Community School. At Hope teachers connect with students and staff as they participate in the classrooms, take cultural excursions to learn Zambian history, and lead activities as part of Hope’s reading partner program.
“My time at Hope Community School was nothing short of life-changing. The staff and students exude kindness, gratitude and warmth.. and the culture is open and giving.I hope to go back one day!” said LPP teacher, David Feldman.
In October of 2018, LPP was inducted into Chicago-based- non-profit, Spark Ventures’ Founder’s Circle, for their continued partnership in funding and guiding projects that directly impact quality of life and education for over 350 students in Zambia. LPP has spearheaded two major projects over the last two years with Spark; the opening of Hope’s first preschool classrooms, and the construction of Hope’s first library.
Kindergarten Teacher, Valerie Pokladowski has traveled twice with the Vacation with a Purpose program LPP offers. This fall, she returned to Pattaya, Thailand with Not Abandoned, a non-profit organization that works to end sex trafficking. “We offer these women resources and a way out of a life they are trapped in through debt, family obligation, and lack of education,”
LPP Director, Laura Garland traveled to Zambia on LPP’s inaugural trip in January of 2017. Garland feels the vision of Vacation with a Purpose is a reflection of LPP’s mission, “Our aim is to put our hearts, minds and hands together as we work towards a brighter future for all children, both those inside our classrooms and those on the other side of the world,”

For more information about LPP and their global impact, visit:

LPP Enrollment 2019-2020

Families interested in Summer & Fall enrollment for 2019-2020, should have Applications submitted to LPP by February 15, 2019. Please contact us with any questions, or for additional information.

Family Learning Programs

Looking for something fun to do with your Toddler?  Know someone who is interested in learning more about LPP?  Registration for Session 3 of our Family Learning Programs is now open.  These classes are adult and child classes for children ages 12 to 30 months and are open to existing LPP families or families who are new to LPP.  Registration can be completed at our website,

Please reach out to Alison Burkhart at with any questions.

Preschool With A Purpose

One of the core values of LPP since the very beginning is the belief and intention that all children no matter their zip code deserve access to high quality early education. We strongly believe that all children have potential yet not all children are given opportunity. LPP places a high value on having a heart and intentions to care for orphaned and vulnerable children both locally and globally. LPP is excited to launch Preschool With A Purpose, a blog and digital scrapbook of our travels and humanitarian efforts, from the point of view of our staff. We hope you will take a moment to explore some our recent endeavors.

Kindergarten at LPP

LPP is still accepting applications for our Kindergarten program for the upcoming year. Families interested in learning more about the application process for the 2017-2018 school year can contact the LPP-Germania location at for more information and to schedule a tour.

LPP Enrollment 2017-2018

Families interested in participating in the first round of our enrollment lottery for Summer & Fall placement for 2017-2018, should have Applications submitted to LPP by February 15, 2017. Please contact us with any questions or for additional information.

Family Learning Programs- Spring Sessions

Spring sessions of Preschool Together and Read, Sing & Play classes begin April 3rd! Learn more about these classes and register here.  For additional information or questions, please contact