Just the Facts
Rumors and misinformation can quickly spread, especially with the presence of social media. Below are a listing of rumors and the facts to support the correct information. Have a question or heard a rumor that you want an answer to? Contact us at email@example.com or 630-682-2469.
Rumor: We don't need a preschool in District 200. If parents want to send their child to preschool, then they should pay for it.
Federal and State mandates require school districts to provide an appropriate public education for children with special education needs beginning on their third birthday. Districts are also mandated to educate children with special needs in the least restrictive environment (LRE) - an age-appropriate educational setting with a suitable number of typically developing peers. In our District, we uphold that mandate by offering a tuition paying program and programs for at-risk children that are funded by Federal grants. Both the tuition and at-risk programs are cost neutral to the District.
The highest rate of brain development occurs during the first five years of a child’s life. 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. Kindergarten readiness is a critical benchmark on the path to success for all children. In America, 50% of all low-income children from birth to five are at-risk of not being fully prepared for kindergarten. When a young child enters kindergarten ready for school, there is an 82% chance that child will master basic skills by age 11, compared with a 45% chance for children who are not school ready. Approximately 90% to 95% of children exiting Jefferson attend kindergarten at their neighborhood school. Many students require a lower level of special education service support and some children no longer require special education services. Posted June 13, 2017