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Pre-School Programs

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The SPARK Program (Special Programs Arranged Regarding Kids) provides parent-funded pre-school classes for three (3)- and four (4)-year olds, Extended Day Kindergarten (EDK), and Before and After school programming for preschool students only.

Learning Links Interactive Family Library, a component of the Early Childhood Block Grant, is a family centered, literacy-rich environment located at the Early Learning Center in Forest School offering a variety of literacy experiences and materials that can be checked out for home use.

SPARK’s mission is to provide a safe, secure environment in which children can grow physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.

For further information, contact the SPARK office at 847-824-1065

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Early childhood special education pre-school

Jane L. Westehold offers a continuum of special education services to meet the unique educational needs of the three to five year old students with disabilities.

Preschool children are found eligible to participate in district services through an identification and assessment process.

Child Find Brochure

Contact Form

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Pre-school for All-children ages 3-5

The State of Illinois Early Childhood Block Grant funds the Preschool for All (STAR) program for students who meet program criteria. This program emphasizes the relationship among early childhood education, parenting education and involvement, and future success in school.

This program has achieved the Gold Circle of Quality from the Illinois State Board of Education.

If you are interested in more information please contact:

 Tamee Hussar, 847-789-5618


Contact Form

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prevention initiative-birth to age 3

The State of Illinois Early Childhood Block Grant funds the Preschool For All Prevention Initiative Program for children birth to 3 and their families.

This program provides early, comprehensive evidence-based child development and family support services to help families prepare their young children for later school success.

Children and their families must meet program criteria to attend.

If you are interested in more information please contact:

Julie Ritzema, 847-789-5613

Program Brochure 

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Contact Form


Early Childhood - Special Needs Program