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EARLY CHILDHOOD

The Early Childhood Program teaches the District’s youngest students the foundational skills necessary to be successful learners throughout their academic careers.

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D45 is happy to announce that a new Early Childhood Center will be opening for the 2022-23 school year.

Located just north of Jackson Middle School, the new Early Childhood Center will become the new home for our existing early childhood programming. Completion is expected by August 1, 2022. 

The Early Childhood Center is a major part of the $30 million referendum registered voters in the D45 community overwhelmingly passed in March of 2020. 

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Our program is committed to ensuring high levels of learning for all its students.

Eligibility

Our Preschool Program provides a continuum of services for students with special needs, and also provides preschool programming for children considered to be at-risk for learning due to financial or environmental factors present in their lives.

All of our classroom teachers are certified in early childhood, special education, and have their English Language Learner certification. The program is also supported by a principal, school psychologist, social workers, parent coordinator, speech/language pathologist, occupational therapist, and physical therapist.

Screenings (Child Find)

Preschool

Preschool screenings for children ages three to five years old are conducted throughout the school year. During the school year, please call Aracelli Rivera at 630-516-7540 to begin the screening process. If you need assistance during the summer months, please email the Early Childhood Principal, Ms. Kelly Nettleton, at [email protected]

Birth through Three-Years Old

We also conduct birth through three-year-old screenings, for children whose parents have concerns regarding their development. During the school year, please call Aracelli Rivera at 630-516-7540 to begin this process. If you need assistance with this during the summer months, please email Early Childhood Principal, Ms. Kelly Nettleton, at [email protected].

EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM

District 45 utilizes The Creative Curriculum for Preschool (5th Edition) in our Early Childhood program. This curriculum focuses on the following areas of child development: physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and language. Guidelines and standards have been developed indicating the content children should be exposed to by certain age levels.

The Creative Curriculum guides teachers in how to teach content from the following areas in ways that respect the development of preschool-age students.

Literacy – vocabulary and language, phonological awareness, letters, words, print, comprehension, books, and other texts

Mathematics – numbers, patterns and relationships, geometry and spatial awareness, measurement, and data collection, organization, and representation

Science – the physical properties of objects, living things, and the earth and the environment

Social Studies – how people live, work, get along with others, shape, and are shaped by their surroundings

The Arts – dance, music, dramatic play, drawing, and painting

Technology – tools and their basic operations and uses

Process Skills – observing and exploring; problem solving; and connecting, organizing, communicating, and representing information

SCHOOLS & HOURS

Located just north of Jackson Middle School, the new Early Childhood Center will become the new home for our existing early childhood programming. Completion is expected by August 1, 2022.