Mission Statement and Philosophy


The Early Years Program, with the participation of parents, caretakers and community, will provide a nurturing, quality learning experience for children aged birth to 5, emphasizing developmentally appropriate practice.


The Jacksonville School District #117 Early Years Program strives to promote the individual child’s development through appropriate learning activities in a warm, nurturing environment. The Early Years Program believes that parents are the child’s first teacher and we emphasize the important role that parents play in their child’s education. Our staff respects the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of all children and their families by providing rich multicultural experiences and works to increase the understanding of diversity within the community.

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