Program Description

The Early Years Program of Jacksonville School District #117 strives to promote the individual child’s development through appropriate learning activities in a warm, nurturing environment. The curriculum will provide developmentally appropriate activities throughout each class session and during home visits. Our curriculum addresses the following areas: social/emotional development, language arts, mathematics, science, social science, fine arts, physical development and health.


Our program emphasizes the important role parents play in their child’s education. Because we believe that parents are the child’s first teacher, we welcome parents to attend parenting sessions, field trips and make classroom visits. We encourage parents to be relaxed, creative, helpful, fun-loving and rewarding teachers. If you are in need of services or just want to talk, feel free to stop in or call. If parents or caregivers have any concerns or problem with staff or program policies, they may call the office for assistance.


The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is the curriculum used at the Early Years Program.

Special Needs:

Children with special learning needs will be referred for a comprehensive screening at Four Rivers. When determined, children may receive speech services, for those students needing extra help in language development and/or articulation, or a special education inclusion support teacher present in the classroom. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be developed for these children with parent and specialist input.

The district policy is as follows:

Education of Children with Disabilities

It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services.

The School provides a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the school. The term “children with disabilities” means children between ages 3 and the day before their 22nd birthday for whom it is determined that special education services are needed. It is the intent of the school to ensure that students with disabilities are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services.

A copy of the publication “Explanation of Procedural Safeguards Available to Parents of Students with Disabilities” may be obtained from Jacksonville School District’s Director of Special Services.

Homeless Child’s Right to Education

When a child loses permanent housing and becomes a homeless person as defined at law, or when a homeless child changes his or her temporary living arrangements, the parent or guardian of the homeless child has the option of either:

1. Continuing the child's education in the school of origin for as long as the child remains homeless or, if the child becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year during which the housing is acquired; or

2. Enrolling the child in any school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend.

Other resources may be available to homeless children. To learn more about these resources, parents should contact the school at 243-2876 or contact Central Office at 243-9411.

Staff/Child Ratio:

According to Illinois statute, the staff/child ratio may not exceed one (1) adult to ten (10) children and no more than twenty (20) children served in a classroom.

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