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 this population we have a general education and self-contained placement environment to meet their needs.

For preschool-age children who do not qualify for special education services, we offer our Early Childhood Blended Program which takes place in our general education environment. Programs are offered at Country Trails Elementary School, Howard B. Thomas Grade School, and Prairie View Grade School.

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 Nicki Coulter at nicki.coulter@central301.net or 847-464-5863 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.

Registration for the 2020-2021 Blended Program will begin February 28th. Please contact Nicki Coulter at 847-464-5863 starting February 28th to begin this process.

Developmental Screening Dates

Every potential early childhood student must have a developmental screening prior to being enrolled in our early childhood program. Screenings will be held at multiple schools and will vary by date. The screening dates for the 2020-2021 school year are below:

August 31, 2020 – CT

September 25, 2020 – PV

October 23, 2020 – HBT

November 20, 2020 – CT

December 18, 2020 – PV

January 22, 2021 – HBT

February 19, 2021 – CT

March 26, 2021 – PV

April 23, 2021 – HBT

May 21, 2021 – CT

Please contact Nicki Coulter at nicki.coulter@central301.net or 847-464-5863 to schedule a screening appointment.

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