Early Childhood Education in District 11 is a high quality program designed to serve our youngest learners, including children with special needs. Through partnerships we offer a preschool program in most elementary schools and some community sites. Students who are three or four years of age by October 1 may be eligible for attendance. We also offer infant-toddler services for teen parents. Please, call 520-2540 for more information
-Kathy Howell, Early Childhood Facilitator
The mission of Early Childhood Services is to provide the highest quality developmentally appropriate programs for children birth to kindergarten. The quality of life for a child and the contributions the child makes to society as an adult can be traced back to the first few years of life.
From birth to five, a child undergoes tremendous growth and change. If this period of life includes support for growth in cognition, language, motor skills, adaptive skills and social-emotional functioning, the developmental foundation for a child is laid and that child is more likely to succeed in school.
Learning begins at birth and early childhood should be included as a core component in the educational system to prepare children for success as they enter the PK-12 system. Parental involvement is essential for children to ensure success in school.
- Children with disabilities, as well as those with educational risk factors are welcome to attend on a space available basis.
- Preschool students should be able to attend the same elementary sites as their siblings.
- It is important to blend typical peers with children who have disabilities to provide for the least restrictive environment.
- Preschool curriculum should be aligned to early learning standards.
- Community partnerships are an integral part of the D-11 preschool program. These sights are located in local child care partnerships.
- Full day programming through community partnership sites is necessary for some families.