Central District 301 has two early childhood programs to meet the needs of our youngest students, ages 3 to 5. For those who qualify, our Early Childhood Special Education program (ECSE) provides specially designed instruction that includes services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy as determined by the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). For preschool-age children who do not qualify for special education services, we offer our Early Childhood Blended Program. Both programs are held at Howard B. Thomas Grade School. For more information regarding either program, please contact the Early Childhood Department at 847-464-6008, extension 8819.

The last day of school for EC students is Thursday, May 31st.

Early Childhood Presentation

2017-18 EC Calendar for Parents

Early Childhood Special Education

If you have concerns about your child’s development and you wish to have him/her screened for possible entry to the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program, please contact Julie Salamone at julie.salamone@central301.net or 847-464-6008, extension 8819 to set up a time for a screening.

The ECSE program meets 5 days a week for half day sessions. Transportation is provided for ECSE students and there is no tuition cost for this program. There is a $60 registration fee.

Early Childhood Blended Program

Students who do not qualify for special education services and who reside within District 301 boundaries may be eligible to enroll in the Early Childhood Blended Program. Each blended classroom is composed of approximately 5 students with IEPs and 10 students without IEPs. Each class meets 5 days a week, with the 3-year-old session from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. and the 4-year-old session from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Students must be potty trained in order to participate in the program. There is an annual tuition fee of $2,000 per student (payable in eight monthly payments of $250) for the Blended Program and bus transportation is not provided. There is a $60 registration fee.

To apply for the 2017 – 2018 Blended Program, complete the application below and email it to julie.salamone@central301.net or mail it to Howard B. Thomas Grade School. Applications are currently being accepted and openings will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All prospective students must still complete the screening process prior to enrollment.

Early Childhood Blended Program Application

Developmental Screening Dates

Every potential early childhood student must have a developmental screening prior to being enrolled in our early childhood program. To schedule a screening, please call the HBT office at 847-464-6008 or email Julie Salamone at julie.salamone@central301.net. Screening dates for the 2017-2018 school year are below:

  • 9/15/17
  • 10/13/17
  • 12/15/17
  • 1/26/18
  • 2/23/18
  • 3/23/18
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