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Springfield Prekindergarten


Kevi Jackson, PreK Programs Coordinator


Springfield Prekindergarten

Springfield Prekindergarten is a District 186 Preschool for All program for children ages 3-5 years old,  funded through the Illinois State Board of Education. It is the mission of prekindergarten to provide a high quality, developmentally appropriate educational program that helps preschool children develop skills that will enable them to be successful in kindergarten and encourage them to become eager, life long learners. In addition, all students within our program wil have access and supports necessary to fully participate both socially and academically with their peers. Our philosophy is based on the belief that a child's learning is best accomplished through active, purposeful play. We believe that a positive self belief system is imperative to a child's successful entrance and continued learning in the school environment. We also believe that family relationships are very important to the educational process. When we are working together, we are able to create optimal learning environments for children. Enrollment in prekindergarten begins with a Developmental Screening or a referral from Early Intervention. To learn more about Community Preschool Screenings, call the Prekindergarten Program Office at the Early Learning Center, 217-525-3365. Prekindergarten classrooms are located at the Early Learning Center, Harvard Park Elementary, Lee Elementary, and Ridgely Elementary schools. To learn more about the prekindergarten program in District 186, click on the link below.