Early Childhood Program
The Early Childhood Program utilizes the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards put forth by the Illinois State Board of Education. Teaching and learning occur through a research based lens, in a joyful learning environment with high standards for all children.
Each District 34 Early Childhood classroom is supported by one teacher and at least two teaching assistants. All of our teachers are certified in early childhood education and special education. They additionally have an endorsement in English Language Learner instruction.
Additionally, our team’s social worker, psychologist, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapist, and physical therapist support all classrooms on a regular basis. This model allows for children to grow and learn in a natural, supportive, play based manner where these skills are embedded to support all children.
5 days a week
Morning (3-4 years old): 8:45am - 11:15am
Afternoon (4-5 years old): 12:55pm - 3:25pm
General Education class with a mix of typically developing students, students who meet at-risk criteria, and students who receive special education supports.
General Education class with a mix of typically developing students, students who meet at-risk criteria, and students who receive special education supports. Students are taught in English and in Spanish.
For students who require direct instruction in a small group, intensive learning environment.
Itinerant Speech Services:
For students who have a speech language delay that requires intervention and support. Students are seen by a speech/language pathologist 1-2 times a week in a small group or individually. Oftentimes the parent observes therapy so they can carry over these activities and models within the home. Available through your neighborhood school.