Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find everything you want to know about our happy little school!!
What is the cost of attending Tri-Con?
Tuition is based on a sliding fee scale computed on family size and income. While some families qualify for state subsidy, others are eligible for Tri-Con's own Scholarship Program. Every family receives some type of assistance.
What are the hours of operation and the ages of the children you serve?
Tri-Con is open year-round, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM-5:30 PM. The center closes for one week between Christmas and New Years and two weeks in August. We accept children ages 3 to 6 (must be toilet trained).
What are the staff qualifications and the teacher-to-child ratios?
All staff members are state qualified, and Tri-Con's teacher-to-child ratios actually exceed the expectations of DCFS' minimum standards with lower teacher-to-child numbers.
Are staff trained in CPR and First Aid?
Yes, all staff - including support personnel - have CPR/First Aid training and are recertified every two years.
How do I enroll my child?
While walk-ins are welcome, we encourage you to call the Tri-Con office to schedule a visit and meet with an administrator. At that time, we can answer any questions and assist with the process. Specific documentation and completed forms must be on file prior to your child starting.
Is lunch included in the tuition cost?
Yes, a daily hot lunch from a state certified kitchen is included in the cost of tuition. In addition, breakfast and an afternoon snack, which meet the Illinois State Board of Education's Food Program requirements are also included.
Are any special activities/classes offered as part of the program?
Each week, a music specialist visits the center and engages the children in music and creative movement activities. The children are also involved in Highland Park Public Library's Lending Library, Storytime and STEM programs. Throughout the year, various cultural arts events take place at the center.
Is Tri-Con licensed by any regulatory entities?
Tri-Con is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Lake County Health Department. Additionally, the center meets compliance criteria from other state and local stakeholders ensuring a high quality, safe and nurturing learning environment.