Joliet Public Schools | District 86


The Early Childhood Program

Early Childhood Screening

Joliet Public Schools District 86 will be screening all children from 3 to 5 years of age.

Call the District office at 815-740-3196 x 272. You will receive a packet of information to fill out regarding your child and you will need to return it within 2 weeks. The results will determine if further screening/evaluations are warranted.

The children will be screened in the areas of motor skills, concepts, self-help skills, social skills, and speech language development. If the results of the screening suggest concerns with any area of your child’s development, a referral may be made for an evaluation.

All preschoolers who reside in the Joliet District 86 boundaries are eligible to attend free of charge.


Blended Early Learning

The Blended Early Learning Program is designed to educate children of all developmental abilities in a least restrictive environment, providing opportunities for optimal learning. Children attend five (5) days a week, providing an option of morning or afternoon sessions. Each session is 2.5 hours long. Children are placed in this program through the Preschool Screening process, transitioning from Early Intervention (EI) services, or by teacher recommendation and eligibility approval criteria.

Early Childhood

The Early Childhood Program is designed to educate children that require individualized instruction in one or more developmental area (i.e., motor, language, concepts, self-help). this takes place in an environment, which is least restrictive and provides opportunities for optimal learning. Children attend five days a week for a 2 ½ hour morning session. The decision for placement of a student in the Early childhood Program is determined through the Child Find and IEP process.


The Illinois Early Learning Standards provide the framework for instruction within the program. District 86 preschool level programs adopted the Creative Curriculum, fourth edition, which is aligned to the Illinois Standards and outlines specific learning targets for three-year-old and four-year-old children. Concepts and skills related to Language Arts, Math, Science, physical growth, health and social/emotional milestones are developed through instructional units. Children will acquire these skills through a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated learning opportunities. Children are taught in small group, large group and individualized settings which promote independence, problem-solving, cooperative learning, and self-confidence.

Progress through the curriculum is monitored in order to ensure that all children are learning and acquiring skills/concepts being taught. A checklist from the Creative Curriculum is used to gauge each child’s progress. Information from the checklists is reviewed by staff and used to guide instructional planning within the classroom.

In addition, early literacy and language skills are monitored through the Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs). This general outcome measurement for preschoolers includes three tasks: alliteration (matching pictures that start with the same sound), picture naming (naming pictured objects), and rhyming (matching pictured objects that rhyme). Staff utilizes the information from the IGDI outcomes to design and deliver instructional activities.


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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