D34 Early Childhood at Westbrook
The District 34 Early Childhood (EC) Program, located at Westbrook School, provides preschool education experiences to children ages three to five who live within Glenview School District 34. The program includes a mix of blended classes (including bilingual Spanish-English classes). Each blended class will include a mix of typically developing students (who pay tuition), students who meet at-risk criteria (and receive a tuition waiver), and students who have special education needs that are met within the classroom setting (and receive a tuition waiver).
We believe that each child is unique, develops at his/her own pace and is able to learn important life skills through play and interactions with others. Each classroom uses a variety of learning centers including science and discovery, art, reading, dramatic play, toys and games, blocks, and outdoor learning. Students also attend twice weekly Music and Movement classes.
Our staff and facilities
Early Childhood classrooms are staffed by one teacher and two teaching associates. All of our teachers are dually certified in early childhood and special education with an additional endorsement in English Language Learner instruction. In addition, a social worker, school psychologist, several speech and language pathologists, an occupational therapist, and physical therapist are fully integrated into the program curriculum to provide support to all students. The use of an interdisciplinary team allows us to support students in a meaningful way that addresses the "whole child".
All instruction is intended to address the "Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards". These standards are met with use of the following resources:
- The Creative Curriculum
- Second Step Program
- Handwriting Without Tears
Each classroom uses a variety of learning centers including science and discovery, art, reading, dramatic play, manipulatives, blocks, and outdoor learning. Students also attend twice weekly Music and Movement classes. Units are often developed with student interests and needs in mind.
How to Enroll Your Child into the Program
Glenview School District 34 conducts developmental screening for any District 34 children aged 2.8-5 years old wishing to enroll in the D34 Early Childhood program at Westbrook School. There are three entry ways (screening, tuition, special education) into the program based on your child’s needs. Tuition fee is $2,550. Space is limited and we cannot guarantee a spot unless the child has an active IEP. Contact Stephanie Baquedano at (847) 657-2493 for more information or to schedule an appointment and screening time.
Itinerant Speech Services
This model of speech/language service delivery is offered to students who are three-five years of age, are eligible for special education services under the category of speech/language, and are not enrolled in the early childhood program. Students come with their parent or guardian for speech/language therapy usually one to two times per week. Students are seen by a speech/language pathologist who works with them in a small group or individually. Often times the parent observes therapy so they can carry over these activities and models within the home.