Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood (EC) program is housed within Alice Gustafson Elementary School. It is the instructional home for approximately 120 children ages 3 to 5 years who join the Early Childhood program either by qualifying for services after participating in a free Early Childhood screening, or by enrolling in the BPS101 Community Preschool.

For more than 30 years, our Early Childhood program has helped preschoolers with special needs to receive a solid educational foundation. The Early Childhood program incorporates best practices from special and general education, introduces activities for blended classrooms, and improves the early education experience for typically-developing children as well as children with special needs. For more information, call (630) 937-8000 and visit the EC teachers’ website,

Preschool Program

Batavia Public School District 101’s Early Childhood Center offers a preschool program for children with and without special needs.

This program offers directives outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), specifically as it relates to educating students with special needs in the least restrictive environment possible. According to IDEA legislation, that means children with special needs should be educated with other typically developing children, and they should be educated in a setting as close to the regular classroom as possible.

The program offers half-day options similar to preschool programs in the area. A three-day per week option is available to three-year-old children, with attendance on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Four-year-old children attend afternoon classes from 12:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students must be potty-trained prior to the first day of class, and must reside within Batavia Public School District 101 boundaries.

Starting with the 2016-17 school year, the BPS101 Preschool at the Early Childhood Center will be a lottery-based system, replacing the fee-based system, thus eliminating the monthly fee for community students. Families will, however, be responsible for the District’s standard registration fee.

Information about the 2017-18 school year will be available in November 2017.

Early Childhood Education Screening

During the developmental and preschool years, parents often wonder whether their child’s development is typical of their same age peers. Developmental screenings are designed to address these concerns and help parents learn more about their child’s development.

Batavia Public School District 101 offers free developmental screenings throughout the year to assess young children’s skills. Children up to 36 months are eligible for an Early Intervention screening. Children 33 months to 5 years of age are eligible for an Early Childhood screening; please note Proof of Residency is required prior to scheduling. Screenings take place at Alice Gustafson Elementary School (main entrance is on west side of building). Please complete an initial intake form so that we may better understand what you are interested in for your child.

Infant and Toddler Early Intervention Screening Schedule (Birth to 32 months)
Batavia Public Schools works very closely with Day One Network, Inc. (Child & Family Connections #4 or CFC) to become aware of children who may qualify for Early Childhood’s programs. Focusing on the special needs of children who are not yet three years old, Day One Network houses the Early Intervention (EI) program that serves our district. Beginning with an initial phone call from district residents who have concerns for their children, ages birth-36 months, the program has the potential of addressing those areas of development that may concern parents.

Infant and toddler screening is available on a walk-in basis from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on screening dates and are held at Alice Gustafson Elementary School located at 905 Carlisle Road in Batavia (the main entrance is located west side).

Once children approach their third birthday, the Early Childhood staff initiates the transition process. The value of the Early Intervention program is the opportunity to determine needs, set goals, and start working to help the students at the earliest possible time.

Early Childhood Screening Schedule (33 months to age 5)
An Early Childhood screening assesses the development of children who are 33 months to five years of age in the areas of:
• Speech/Language
• Fine Motor
• Gross Motor
• Pre-Academics/Cognition
• Social-Emotional
• Self-Care

The screening takes approximately one hour to complete. After the screening, parents have the opportunity to discuss the results of the screening as well as any concerns about their child, with a member of the screening team.

If you are interested in having your child screened, bring your documents to the main entrance (west side) of Alice Gustafson Elementary School located at 905 Carlisle Road, Batavia, anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.