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

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D45 is happy to announce that a new Early Childhood Center will be opening at Jackson Middle School’s campus.

This new building will increase instructional time and academic performance for our students while leading to operational savings due to consolidation and childcare savings for parents.

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

We currently have classrooms located at York Center School, Stevenson School, and Schafer School. We provide a continuum of services for our students with special needs, and also provide 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 screenings for children ages three to five-years-old will be conducted throughout the school year. 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 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 Kelly Nettleton at [email protected].


District 45 utilizes the Creative Curriculum (Fifth Edition) in our Early Childhood program. This curriculum focuses on the following areas of child development: physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and language. There are guidelines and standards that have been developed indicating the content that 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


Early Childhood classes are held in three locations throughout the District: York Center Elementary School, Schafer Elementary School, and Stevenson Elementary School. Our morning classes are in session from 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM, and our afternoon classes are in session from 12:15 PM until 2:45 PM. Lunch is not included with either session.

York Center School

895 14th Street
Lombard, IL 60148

Phone (630) 516-6540
AttendanceĀ (630) 516-7781

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700 East Pleasant Lane
Lombard, IL 60148

Phone (630) 516-6500
Attendance (630) 516-6571

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18 W 331 15th Street
Lombard, IL 60148

Phone (630) 516-7780
Attendance (630) 516-7833

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