Sugar Plum Tree Preschool

An Inspiring, Creative Learning Environment for Kids
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Our teachers and staff follow a non-discipline approach. Learn more about our preschool.


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About Us

Sugar Plum Tree has been in business for over 46 years located downstairs of Redeemer Church. We have four individual classrooms that range from 18mos-2.5 years to Pre-Kindergarten. Sugar Plum Tree follows the curriculum that has been developed by Maryellen Waters for 46 years and supplements it with the Early Learning Illinois Standards and the Creative Curriculum.

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Sugar Plum Tree provides education, social, cultural, emotional, physical, and recreational areas.

Excellence in Early Care and Education

Increase your child’s skills and improve their social-emotional development through the “Fun to Learn” learning method that incorporates active learning into everyday life. Fun to Learn is an essential method to entice children to associate fun with building new skills.  



18mos-2.5 years old

Acorns have a 5:1 ratio and can have a total of 15 children with 3 teachers.



2.5 years old- 3+ years old

Sprouts have an 8:1 ratio and can have total of 16 children with 2 teachers.


3-4 years old

Discovery have a 7.5: 1 ratio and can have a total of 15 children to 2 teachers.


4- 5 years old

Koalas have a 10:1 ratio and can have a total of 20 children with 2 teachers.


What Our Families are Saying

We’ve had our 2.5 year old foster son at Sugar Plum. Our timid little guy has completely opened up to us and our family due to the comfort and support he received.

…They’ve really made a difference in his life and in our family’s life. Truly grateful to their staff and, of course, to Mrs. Waters.

~ Kathryn L.

Our son attended as both an Acorn and a Sprout. We were extremely pleased with the level of care in both classrooms. Our son was very happy, he learned through play and structure and made many friends.

…Mrs. Waters has been an educator and running this school for over 40 years. This gave me a lot of comfort.

~ Aleks M.

I highly recommend this wonderful school, my child has truly thrived from the caring and experienced staff. He just graduated preschool and we will truly miss the friendships he build, the patient staff and warm environment!

~ Victoria H.

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1006 Gillick St.
Park Ridge, IL 60016
(847) 823-1978

Hours of Operation

Monday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM