The Preschool Program

The Early Childhood program in Batavia services children, ages three and four. The Preschool classrooms are located within Alice Gustafson Elementary School.  Children must be three years to be enrolled in preschool. Children, who are five on or before September 1 of the current school year, will attend kindergarten. 

Session times are as follows (Monday-Thursday):

Morning Sessions:  9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   

Afternoon Sessions:  12:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Classrooms are composed of up to 18 children, some  blending of children with disabilities and the remainder typically developing peers.  One teacher and up to two teacher assistants are staffed in each classroom. Classroom teachers are required to have a four year teaching degree with an emphasis on early childhood education.  Requirements also include certification by the Illinois State Board of Education in both general education and special education.

In addition, related service staff (speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists) provides services to children with disabilities, accordance to each special education student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Mental health staff professionals, such as school psychologists and social workers, are also a part of your child’s classroom team to support the learning of all children.