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 are currently accepting enrollment 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 $600 per family.

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

Program Director and Lead Teacher Leigh Borge
A note from Leigh:

Leigh Borge is Little Lights program director and lead teacherMy name is Leigh Borge and I am the Program Director and Lead Teacher for Little Lights. I am Mom to two daughters, Elliot 7, Adriel 5, and a new family member on the way! I graduated from Illinois College (Jacksonville, IL) with a B.A. in Communications & Rhetorical Studies and after graduating I worked in a 3-4 year old classroom focused on integrating refugee families into American culture, and then taught Kindergarten at a Christian school in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Prior to beginning at Little Lights, I had the enormous privilege of being home with our daughters full time. I attend New Life Community Church Lincoln Park where I am also the Director of Children's Ministry and have taught in Sunday School classrooms for the past 12 years ranging from birth-5th grade. I have been with Little Lights since it began, and also am the assistant to Pastor Sarah Garcia-planning and organizing events for Youth and Family.

Teacher Olivia Mallery

Olivia  is a Chicago Native, currently residing in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood. Olivia has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master's degree in Special Education. She has taught in elementary and high school classrooms around the city and suburbs during her teaching career. She is also involved in the children's ministry at her church. She currently stays at home with her two small children, a 3-year-old son and a 9-month-old daughter. In her free time, Olivia enjoys cooking, singing, photography, spending time with family and friends and finding fun things to do around Chicago.  

Teacher Kyaira Ware

Kyaira Ware is a Little Lights teacher at St Pauls UCCKyaira is a recent graduate of Howard University, with a degree in biology and minor in classical voice. Kyaira's main interests are environmental science, music, and education reform. She is originally from Riverdale, Illinois.


Leigh Borge