Little Lights

LITTLE LIGHTS is a preschool program for 2 and 3-year-olds with classes meeting at St. Pauls UCC.

Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 11:30am, with additional morning programming available from 9:00-9:30. Monday class is available from 9:30-11:30 as an add-on as well.

We currently have one opening in the 3s classroom for Fall 2017.

DOWNLOAD application here for 2017 school year.

Sample Day

  • Drop off in classroom
  • Free play
  • Welcome Circle and songs
  • Snack and story time
  • Free play/works/craft time
  • Oscar Mayer Room fine motor play
  • Dismissal


The Little Lights program strives to create a loving, safe, progressive Christian environment that parents and children can trust. Little Lights is designed to nurture each child’s curiosity and strengthen their love for learning. It is a program that stimulates independence and social interactions through play. Our priority is to nurture each child’s strengths and encourage skills that are still developing, realizing that every child learns at their own pace. We also hope to help children begin to understand the Christian faith. 

This program is designed to create a positive experience for kids separating from mom/dad/ caretaker. We promote gradual separation with a parent or caregiver staying nearby until the children show that they are ready to be on their own. We strive to make our classroom feel like an extension of the home environment in order to help children successfully separate. At Little Lights we model and facilitate problem-solving strategies, build empathy and develop self-regulation skills. Through hands-on learning and play children will gain a greater sense of themselves and the community/classroom surrounding them. We believe that God has given each child unique gifts and talents to shine light upon the world and we wnat to help nurture those talents and skills.

Matthew 5:14-16:  You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others.

Open and Affirming

St. Pauls Church and the Little Lights program are open and affirming, accepting all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or physical ability.


The program will take place in the Toddler Room and Oscar Mayer Room of the church. The building is secure and all outside doors are locked and monitored by the church office staff throughout the day. Children can only be picked up by an approved caregiver.  

Potty Training

Children do not have to be potty-trained to take part in this program. If you are in the process of potty training your child we will help and support you in that process. If your child is still using diapers we will change them when needed during class time.  


  • Session 1 will begin  September 12, 2017 and will end December 22, 2017.
    Open to children who will be 2 by September 1, 2017
    (No classes the week of Thanksgiving.) 
  • Session 2 will begin in January 9, 2018 and will end June 7, 2018.
    Open to children who will be 2 by January 1, 2018.
    (No classes the week of Chicago Public Schools' Spring Break.) 


Session 1

  • $1,100 per student for Saint Pauls Church families who pledge
  • $1,300 per student for non-members

Session 2

  • $1,300 per student for Saint Pauls Church families who pledge
  • $1,500 per student for non-members

Monday classes are an additional  $300 per family for fall session and $600 for winter/spring session.

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due upon acceptance. The deposit will be applied towards your tuition costs. $1,000 of tuition is due two months prior to the start date of Little Lights. The remainder of tuition will be due upon the start of the session. Full payment of the tuition is required even if the child is unable to attend due to illness, vacation or school closing.

Click here to make an online payment. Scroll to the bottom under "Venue Rental, Parking and Program Fees" and select the Little Lights payment box.

Financial assistance is available for church members. Please contact Pastor Sarah at


To apply please send a completed application and a check for $100 made out to Saint Pauls UCC with Light Lights in the memo to:

Little Lights
Saint Pauls UCC
2335 N Orchard St.
Chicago IL 60614

Teacher Mary Campbell

My name is Mary Campbell. I moved to Chicago 5 years ago, with my family, from Marietta, Georgia. In Marietta, I spent 12 years as a mother/baby registered nurse at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. I also taught Lamaze childbirth classes for expectant parents. Since moving to Chicago, I have been working with Optum and Empower Heath providing wellness screenings and flu prevention programs for companies throughout the Chicago area.  

I have been married to my husband, David, for 27 years and we have two children. Natalie is 16 and a junior at Lincoln Park High School and Trip is 19 and finishing his freshman year at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. We are members of St. Pauls UCC and truly enjoy all the church has to offer. In my spare time I enjoy reading, playing games, watching sports (in person and on TV) and going to the beach.
I look forward to spending time getting to know more about your Little Lights!
Virgie Berry
New Little Lights Director, Fall 2017
Virgie graduated from Lewis University (Romeoville,IL) with a B.A. in Elementary Education. After graduation she was an aide in a preschool room for two years and then a Kindergarten teacher for three. For the past two years she has been a preschool-4 teacher and has worked hard to prepare her students for kindergarten.  She earned her Masters in Education from Loyola University Chicago in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies where she focused on the sociology of schools. She currently live in Roscoe Village.
Virgie is very excited to create a wonderful learning environment for you and your child. 



Virgie Berry