Early Childhood Education
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      Birth - 3 Program

      The Birth – 3 Program of District 300 is a Parents as Teachers (PAT) affiliate program. We support parents in their most important role--that of being their child's first and most important teacher. No one will be more important to children's development and growth than their parents. The PAT program is designed to help parents feel more confident and gain more competence in their role. Parents receive information (based on years of research) to help stimulate growth and brain development in their children through participation in the various Parents as Teachers activities. The program is for families with children age prenatal to three.

      Our PAT program provides the following FREE services to families living within Community Unit District 300 boundaries:

      • Developmental Screenings for any child age 2 months – 32 months
      • Teen Parent Program
      • Home Visiting Program for qualified families                
      • Periodic Parent Cafes

      If you are pregnant or are parenting a child birth – 3 years of age and would like further information on any of our FREE programs, please click on one of informational brochures.


      Contact Information

      Sonja Russell


      Related Documents

      AOK Network

      Birth-3 Developmental Screenings

      Birth-3 Informational Brochure

      Illinois Department of Human Services

      Strengthening Families

      Zero - 3 


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     Director of Early

    Childhood Education


    Linda Breen




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      Meals are available in our preschool programs. You can purchase the meals or fill out the free and reduced meal forms. Parents also have the option to provide their own meals as long as their peanut free.

      To learn more about Free and Reduce Meal Information, please click here. To learn more about what Food Services provide, please click here.


      Payment Options

      More information coming soon.


      Related Documents

      Payment Options

      Substitutes for Breakfast/Lunch



      The D300 Preschool uses the Creative Curriculum, which is aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards – Preschool. This is a research-based curriculum, recommended for use by the Illinois State Board of Education.

      To learn about Preschool for All (PFA), please click here.


      Related Pages

      Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards Preschool

      Typical Day



      We are pleased that you are interested in our program. Our admission process for the Preschool for All and Early Childhood Special Education Program begins with screening. We take screening requests for 3 and 4 year-olds. 

      • The process begins with completion of the Initial Screening Contact Form. The form can be down loaded from the website located at the bottom of this page. Please return completed application to deLacey or scan and send to Kathleen Spann. Please contact Kathleen Spann at (224) 484-2380 or kathleen.spann@d300.org if you have any questions.
      • Once the form has been completed you will receive the ASQ-3 in the mail, which is the first stage of screening. As part of the program we provide the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3rd Edition (ASQ-3), to help you keep track of your child's development.
      • It is called a screener because it looks at how children are doing in important areas such as speech, physical ability, social skills, and problem solving skills. ASQ-3 can help identify your child's strengths as well as any areas where your child may need support.
      • As a parent or caregiver you are the best source of information about your child. That's why the ASQ-3 questionnaire is designed to be filled out by you. You should be able to complete the ASQ-3 in 10-15 minutes.
      • As soon as you have completed the ASQ-3, you may return it via U.S. Mail or by scanning electronically and emailing to kathleen.spann@d300.org.
      • Upon receipt of the completed ASQ-3, it will be scored and the results reviewed and recommendations made by the District 300 screening team.
      • You will then receive in the mail the recommendations which will be: 
        • Developmentally appropriate with a list of area preschools your child could attend
        • Recommendation of Preschool for All 
        • Date for your child to attend further screening using the DIAL 4 (If received after March, you will be contacted for DIAL 4 screening in late summer)
      • The DIAL 4 screening team will consist of an early childhood teacher, early childhood special education teacher, school psychologist, speech/language therapist and social worker. The DIAL 4 is a standardized screening instrument which assess your child's fine (small) and gross (large) motor skills, concept development, and speech/language skills
      • The results of the DIAL 4 screening will be given to the parent on the day of their child's screening.

      These results will be one of the following result:

      1. Developmentally appropriate which would not qualify for the Preschool for All program but you could enroll in our tuition paid program. Qualifying for the Preschool for All program.
      2. Qualifying for a program does not guarantee placement in a classroom. If our program is full your child will be placed in our waiting pool. You will be contacted when an opening is available.
      3. Recommendation for further evaluation through a play-based assessment.

      If your child qualifies for the Preschool for All program you will be contacted by the District 300 screening team. 


      Related Documents

      Initial Screening Contact Form

      Screening Flyer



      Special Education programs are also available for students with more significant delays. These programs provide more individualized instruction based on the students' needs.