Early Childhood Programs in District 109
Decades of brain research illustrate the importance of balanced early childhood education with equal emphasis on social/emotional, language, and cognitive development. This research defines District 109’s Early Childhood Program, which offers early learning opportunities for children aged three through five with identified disabilities and community peers without identified disabilities.
If you are concerned about the development of your preschool-age child, please visit the ChildFind page.
Helping Hands Preschool
If you are interested in a unique preschool opportunity that brings together students with disabilities and their typically developing peers, visit the Helping Hands Preschool website.
Programs for Students with Identified Disabilities
- Intensive Early Childhood. Three and four-year-old special education children attend this Helping Hands class in the morning. Four-year-old children stay and are included in one of the afternoon 4-year-old classrooms. This provides these children with a full day of instruction.
- Itinerant Services. These services are available to children age three to five who attend private preschool or those not enrolled in a preschool program. These services include, but are not limited to, special education services such as speech and language, vision, and hearing.