The Sandbox Schools Founding Mothers, Beverly Avery & Sue Moustakas, both have Master's degrees in Early Childhood Administration and continue to be executive directors and active in every day operations.
Sandbox School Of Early Care of Education, Palos Hills, Director, Administrator, Dorothy Garofalo opened an independent Sandbox 23 yeas ago after being employed at Sandbox for 10 years.
Dorothy has a Degree in Early Childhood. The Sandbox Schools and their programs were successfully created and developed in 1968 by Beverly Avery and Sue Moustakas, two local teachers with Master's Degrees in Early Childhood Education, who wanted the best possible early childhood program for their own children.
Today there are six Sandbox locations four of which are owned and operation by the same two partners, each of whom have over 30 years experience working with young children.
The additional two Sandbox schools are owned and operated by Dorothy Garofalo, a long-time Sandbox teacher, with 20 years in early childhood development and degree in Early Childhood Education.
Directors and staff are carefully chosen and well qualified for the job at Sandbox.
Staff turnover is low at Sandbox Schools. Ten years is an average tenure for Sandbox staff and directors.
While many have worked at the centers for 15, 20, and 25 years.
Sandbox provides high quality childcare that supports children and parents through superior developmentally appropriate curriculums that correspond with each stage of development, nurturing children ages 6 weeks through 12 years.
A variety of programs are offered, providing choices that assist each child in the cognitive, the social, the emotional and the physical development during the formative years.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Early Childhood / Day Care
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
  • Students: 38 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten

Student Body

Total Students
38 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
75%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Sandbox Preschool & Child Care Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
1 teacher
Student : Teacher Ratio
38:1
National avg.: 13:1

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling

School Notes

  • The Sandbox Schools Founding Mothers, Beverly Avery & Sue Moustakas, both have Master's degrees in Early Childhood Administration and continue to be executive directors and active in every day operations. Sandbox School Of Early Care of Education, Palos Hills, Director, Administrator, Dorothy Garofalo opened an independent Sandbox 23 yeas ago after being employed at Sandbox for 10 years. Dorothy has a Degree in Early Childhood. The Sandbox Schools and their programs were successfully created and developed in 1968 by Beverly Avery and Sue Moustakas, two local teachers with Master's Degrees in Early Childhood Education, who wanted the best possible early childhood program for their own children. Today there are six Sandbox locations four of which are owned and operation by the same two partners, each of whom have over 30 years experience working with young children. The additional two Sandbox schools are owned and operated by Dorothy Garofalo, a long-time Sandbox teacher, with 20 years in early childhood development and degree in Early Childhood Education. Directors and staff are carefully chosen and well qualified for the job at Sandbox. Staff turnover is low at Sandbox Schools. Ten years is an average tenure for Sandbox staff and directors. While many have worked at the centers for 15, 20, and 25 years. Sandbox provides high quality childcare that supports children and parents through superior developmentally appropriate curriculums that correspond with each stage of development, nurturing children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. A variety of programs are offered, providing choices that assist each child in the cognitive, the social, the emotional and the physical development during the formative years.

School Reviews

Endorse Sandbox Preschool & Child Care. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards
Endorse this school:

Recent Articles

How Exposed Is Your School?
How Exposed Is Your School?
There's much more to running a small private school than offering great academics and teaching. Be sure to check under the hood regularly to make sure everything keeps running smoothly.
Teen Travel In Uncertain Times
Teen Travel In Uncertain Times
Most adults find traveling more complicated and challenging that it was pre-pandemic. We offer some suggestions for safe teen travel in these uncertain times.
Using Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest to Promote Your School
Using Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest to Promote Your School
Social media is an effective marketing tool for your school. Here are some suggestions for using Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Early Childhood / Day Care
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
  • Students: 38 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Request Information

Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Will County, IL is $5,892 for elementary schools and $7,845 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Will County, IL is 92% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

Quick Links