Preschool Information

  • Darien Public Schools District #61 in partnership with the LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE) provides three special education preschool programs specifically designed to meet the needs of children between the ages of three and five who have special needs.

    Birth Through Three Screening

    If you have a child between the ages of birth to age three and have
    concerns about their development, you are encouraged to call Mark
    DeLay School at 630-852- 0200. School personnel will contact you and
    Darien District 61 can conduct an evaluation to determine if your child
    would qualify for Early Intervention Services.

    Preschool Screening

    Darien Public Schools District #61 offers developmental preschool screening to provide early interventions for children between the ages of three through five that are suspected to have developmental delays or other handicapping conditions. Children are screened in five areas: vision, hearing, language development, fine and gross motor and concept development.  Children identified through the screening process are referred for a full evaluation to determine eligibility and program needs. Children experiencing significant risk factors in their environment but not at risk for a disability may be eligible for the Blended Preschool Program.

    Screening dates for 2019-2020
    September 20, 2019
    November 25, 2019
    January 17, 2020
    March 20, 2020
    April 24, 2020

     

    Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program

    The Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program is designed for children, ages 3-5, who are residents of the school district and are not yet eligible to enter kindergarten. Each class has a maximum of 10 students identified as having special education needs. There is one certified Early Childhood Teacher and two classroom aides for each class. In addition, a speech therapist works within the classroom to assist the students with language development, an occupational therapist works on fine motor development, and a physical therapist addresses the area of gross motor skills. Additionally, an early childhood psychologist and social worker work within the classroom and are available to consult with families as needed. 

    Eligibility is based upon either a referral for special education evaluation when it is believed the child may have a disability requiring special education services or as a result of screening completed at the school district indicating at-risk factors. The program is offered at Mark DeLay School and begins on the first day of scheduled classes.

    The program operates five days a week with children either attending in the morning from 8:50a.m. to 11:20a.m. or in the afternoon from 12:15 p.m. to 2:45pm. The class follows the school schedule with regard to Teacher Institute Days and School Holidays. 

    Preschool For All/ Blended/At Risk Preschool Program

    Darien District #61 offers a Preschool For All/ Blended/At-risk Preschool Program for children, ages 3-5, who are residents of the school district and are not yet eligible to enter kindergarten. This program is funded through the Preschool for All Grant and is available to eligible families. Each class has a maximum of 20 students with no more than 6 of the students identified as having special education needs. There is one certified Early Childhood Teacher and two classroom aides for each class. In addition, a speech therapist works with the classroom to assist the students with language development, an occupational therapist works on fine motor development, and a physical therapist addresses the area of gross motor skills. Additionally, an early childhood psychologist and social worker work within the classroom and are available to consult with families as needed.

    Eligibility is based upon either a referral for special education evaluation when it is believed the child may have a disability requiring special education services or as a result of screening completed at the school district indicating at-risk factors. The program is offered at Mark DeLay School and begins on the first day of scheduled classes.

    The program operates five days a week with children either attending in the morning from 8:50 a.m. to 11:20a.m. or in the afternoon from 12:15p.m. to 2:45pm. The class follows the school schedule with regard to Teacher Institute Days and School Holidays. 

    At-Risk Preschool Program

    The At Risk Preschool Program is designed for children, ages 3-5, who are residents of the school district and are not yet eligible to enter kindergarten.  The class is comprised of a maximum of 5 students identified as having special education needs in various areas impacting development and 10 children identified as having at-risk factors indicating the need for a structured preschool experience.  There is one certified Early Childhood Teacher and two classroom aides for each class.  In addition, a speech therapist works within the classroom to assist the students with language development and an occupational therapist works on fine motor development.  Additionally, an early childhood psychologist and social worker are available to consult within the classroom and with families as needed. 

    Eligibility is based upon either a referral for special education evaluation when it is believed the child may have a disability requiring special education services or as a result of screening completed at the school district indicating at-risk factors.  The program is offered at Mark DeLay and begins on the first day of scheduled classes.

    The program operates five days a week with children either attending in the morning from 8:50 a.m. to 11:20a.m. or in the afternoon from 12:15p.m. to 2:45pm. The class follows the school schedule with regard to Teacher Institute Days and School Holidays.

    For more information about screening opportunities or to schedule a screening appointment, contact the building secretary at Mark DeLay School at 630-852-0200.

     

    Please contact the Director of Special Services at the district office if you have any questions at 630-968-7505.

     

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