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Parents' Day Out Programs

The purpose of PDO is to provide safe, high-quality childcare.

Parents' Day Out Summary


We currently have openings for 2022-23 Preschool

We are currently enrolling for the 2023-24 Preschool and

2023 Preschool Summer Camp 

We prepare your child for Kindergarten with a variety of activities from 3- 5 years of age. Our faith based curriculum includes activities in the areas of beginning reading skills, writing, math, science, social development, fine and gross motor skills, and problem solving. ***Child must be 3 years by September 1st of the current school year.



Perhaps you need help in the morning or after school care for your son or daughter. We are here to help. Our program is held in a beautiful old home attached to our church facilities. It is like being at home with your friends, but with all the space and facilities of the church.



The need for our services can increase in the summer months as children are active and looking for fun and productive things to do. We provide that through creative and exciting summer programs. 

Our Mission

The mission of The Marengo United Methodist Church’s Parents' Day Out Program is to provide a Christian-based, safe, affordable, developmentally appropriate environment for preschool, and school-aged children. Our focus is to provide a stimulating early care and education experience which promotes each child’s spiritual, social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Our goal is to support children’s desires to be life-long learners. 

Our Programs

PDO SCHOOL AGE (BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL) PROGRAM (CHURCH): (This program is currently closed, but we are doing our best to reopen as soon as possible) The PDO School Age Program is a DCFS licensed before and after school program, which serves children between the ages of 5 and 12. Children enrolled in the program are bussed from their school to Marengo United Methodist Church five days a week, Monday through Friday by School District #165 or transported part time by the PDO Van for an additional fee. The program’s hours are from 6:00am-7:45am and 2:30pm-6:00pm on school days. 

PDO PRESCHOOL (CHURCH): Due to state-mandated regulations, Parent's Day Out has restructured their preschool program. Our new preschool program is designed to prepare children who are 3-5 years old for all-day school. There are many opportunities for students to explore, learn, and grow. We will be incorporating STEM into our daily program as well! Our 3-year-old class runs Monday and Wednesday from 8:30a.m. through 1:30p.m. Our 4-year-old class runs Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30a.m. through 1:30p.m.

Parents' Day Out Handbook

PDO urges you to thoroughly read the parent handbook and recognize that you are liable for each item covered in it. By signing the receipt of the handbook, you are accepting it in all its terms. 

This handbook outlines what you may expect from the Parent’s Day Out Program and what PDO expects from you. Your cooperation and adherence to PDO’s guidelines will make our program run smoothly. If for any reason you have any questions regarding our policies, classroom issues, or any concern that may arise, please contact Heather Carlson, Lynnette Tuohey, or PDO Board Chairperson, Sally Hoesel. 

Meet our PDO Director

Program Directors: Heather Carlson and Amanda Christensen

For Heather: Cell: (815) 529-6196 Office: (815) 568-7162 ext. 3 Email: 

For Amanda: 815/568-7162 ext. 5 Email:

Our PDO Director, Heather Carlson

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