Springfield Prekindergarten is a District 186 Preschool for All program 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.
You can create predictable experiences at home that will mimic what your child will experience at school. Click on the link above to find ideas that can help you do just that. We will offer new opportunities every week. We’ll even introduce you to some of our prekindergarten staff so that if/when they are able to attend our prekindergarten program in person, your child will see some familiar, friendly faces at our school. In addition, you’ll find links to read alouds of some of our favorite stories, sing alongs of our favorite songs, fun activities you can do together, advice and even recipes. If you have any questions or would like to see something added, please contact Kathy Tolsdorf at firstname.lastname@example.org.