Joliet Public Schools | District 86


Developmental Kindergarten

The Developmental Kindergarten Program (DK) is an educational program designed to serve the needs of kindergarten age children who have been identified as having significant delays in speech/language and academic readiness areas. Individual student goals are based on his/her strengths and weaknesses as identified through both formal and informal assessment procedures.

The program fulfills the individual needs of each student by using a small group setting and a variety of intensive instructional strategies and accommodations. The DK program works closely with the Regular Education teachers to deliver the kindergarten curriculum while providing instruction at each child’s developmental level. The program develops language skills by offering enriching language based experiences, and providing daily social experiences that facilitate the development of age appropriate skills. The goal is for the DK classroom to develop the academic, speech/language, and social skills necessary to increasingly participate in the regular education classroom with various levels of support.

Welcome to Joliet Public Schools District 86

Our schools, as partners with our children's parents and with the community, will create a safe and positive environment in which all students will learn and develop to their greatest potential. All students will be empowered to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens and caring members of their communities.

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