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Parents' Day Out Programs

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

Parents' Day Out Summary


(begins August 31, 2020 through May 28, 2021)

We are currently full for the 2020-21 school year, but you may call and place your child's name on our waiting list,

or you may sign your child up for the 2021-22 school year

by emailing us with the following information to be placed on the waiting list:

Your child's first and last name and DOB. ****

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. 



We have incredible teachers in a great location. Our childcare is located at the Marengo Park District Building's Childcare Wing at Indian Oaks Park. We incorporate the Learn Everyday curriculum into each of our classrooms in order to prepare your child to be a life-long learner!

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 infants, toddlers, 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): 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. Full day care (6:00am – 6:00pm) is available for half days and days off school excluding days listed in the calendar section of this handbook. ***Hours are temporarily changed due to COVID 6:30am-6:00pm***

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 preschool will begin August 31st and run through May 28th, Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.

PDO CHILDCARE CENTER: The PDO Childcare Center is a DCFS licensed child care center that serves children between 6 weeks and 5 years of age. The program hours are Monday-Friday, 6:00am-6:00pm. The program is located at the Marengo Park District Building in the Childcare wing. ***Hours are temporarily changed due to COVID 7:00am-6:00pm***

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 Director Church: Heather Carlson 

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

Program Director Childcare Center: Lynnette Tuohey 

Cell: (630) 479-1013 Office: (779) 548-0510 Email: 

Our PDO Director, Heather Carlson

Got questions?

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