Located in Auburn, IL, The Purple Puppy Nursery School has been serving families and children for over 40 years.
Our mission is to provide quality childcare and developmentally appropriate early education for enrolled children.  The Purple Puppy staff endeavors to provide a variety of rich educational experiences in a safe, nurturing environment.
Our goal is to create an atmosphere of acceptance, in which each child can flourish and grow - physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally - under the guidance of qualified teachers and aides.  We encourage creativity and natural curiosity while promoting independence and self-discipline.

Milestone Tracker App: The CDC has launched an app targeted towards tracking your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years:
  • easy-to-use illustrated checklists
  • get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development
  • find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing
Openings: We currently have openings in our infant/toddler, preschool and school-age rooms.  We encourage interested families to stop by for a visit and tour! 

Job Openings: 



Dear Families,

Carla Schwehr has just informed me that the previously onsite community-based prekindergarten program will be located at the Care-O-Sel in Virden the 2017-18 school year.  We will miss Ms. Carla.  It has been a pleasure to work with her.  However we want to assure you that we will continue our own preschool program using the Creative Curriculum and doing our lesson planning online using My Teaching Strategies Gold.  Lesson Plans will be posted.  The difference will be that we will not be able to offer free preschool 8:30AM-11:00PM as the Preschool for All program has moved to the Care-O-Sel location.  However early childhood education has been part of our fulltime child care program for over 43 years.  We will begin our Morning Circle promptly at 8:30AM.  Centers, Read Alouds, Small Group, Individualized Activities, Music, and Movement will be part of each day.  We will continue to assess children enrolled at the Purple Puppy and attending our morning preschool session using TS Gold online for the individual child portfolios and checkpoints.  We will screen children using the Brigance twice a year.  Parents will participate with us in the screening process by completing the Ages and Stages Questionnaire periodically.  We will send home our curriculum guide before school begins.  We will use the Jolly Phonics and Ready, Set, Read to introduce the letter of the week.  There will be weekly family involvement activities.  Monthly newsletters and calendars will keep you informed.  We will hold an Open House August 15th 6-7PM.  Our classrooms will be set up and our staff present to share their plans for the upcoming school year.

We will continue to cooperate with our local elementary school and transport children from the morning prekindergarten session or to the afternoon prekindergarten session for those who are enrolled in the public school Pre-K.

Respectfully Yours,

Cydney Walter



Special Offer:  New enrollees will receive a $25 credit on their 5th week of continuous enrollment - simply print and return the coupon along with your completed enrollment forms.

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Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.