Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the Central 301 Early Childhood Program will be offered at Howard B. Thomas Grade School, Prairie View Grade School, and Country Trails Elementary School. We are currently accepting applications for enrollment and openings are filling up fast. Please note, enrollment will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If needed, a wait list system will be implemented. If your child is eligible to enter kindergarten, they will not be eligible to enter this program.

The 18-19 Early Childhood Program begins on August 27th and ends in May, similar to the district calendar. An Early Childhood calendar for the 18-19 school year will be available soon. The morning session is for 3-year-olds and is from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. The afternoon session is for 4-year-olds and is from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Classes are held 5 days per week, Monday through Friday.  Each blended classroom will be composed of up to 15 students: 5 students with IEP’s (Individual Education Plans) and 10 non-IEP students. Non-IEP students must be toilet trained by the start of school in order to participate in the program.

There is an annual tuition fee of $2,000.00 per student, which will be spread out over 8 monthly payments of $250.00. There is also an annual registration fee of $60.00. Families will need to provide transportation as bus transportation is not available.

Federal law requires us to screen all early childhood students prior to enrollment. Children will be screened in the following areas:

  • pre-academic skill development
  • motor development
  • language development
  • social emotional development

If the screening indicates there may be a developmental delay, we may ask for parent permission to do a full evaluation. Regardless of the screening findings, you will be able to register your child for our early childhood program once the screening is complete if space is available.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the Central 301 early childhood program or have additional questions, please contact Michelle Vaughn, Assistant Director of Support Services,  Coordinator of Early Childhood and K-5, at michelle.vaughn@central301.net or 847-464-5863, or you can visit https://central301.net/early-childhood/ to print an application.