Help your child get a jump-start on school by enrolling in District 200’s Jefferson Early Childhood Center.
What sets us apart?
Parents in the District 200 community are fortunate to have many preschool opportunities available to them. At Jefferson, there are several aspects of our program that sets us apart from other programs you may consider.
• Teachers are triple certified in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education and Bilingual/English as a Second Language.
• Specialists such as speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and psychologists are on staff and on-site.
• Our curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Early Learning Standards and progress is monitored through Teaching Strategies GOLD.
• We provide direct instruction in the area of social emotional learning.
• Our parent association offers activities for enrichment and family fun.
Classes of approximately 17 students are primarily comprised of typically developing three and four year olds, and include some children with special needs. Children will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. The Benefits of Early Childhood Education Research demonstrates that the early years are a particularly sensitive period in development which lays a foundation for later success in the areas of cognitive functioning, self-regulation, social skills, behavior, and physical health. Consistent, high quality early childhood education promotes critical areas of development. Choosing a nurturing early childhood program that partners with your family fosters long-term academic success and productive citizenship.
Teachers use a developmentally appropriate curriculum that focuses on social-emotional, cognitive, language and physical development. Through these developmental areas, learning standards are addressed in literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and the arts. Activities to achieve these learning standards include the use of independent and guided reading, opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery, music and movement, gym & playground, dramatic play and activities that foster critical thinking skills.