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Early Childhood Programs

The District 54 Early Childhood Department offers services for children from birth through 5.

Preschool For All (PFA)

Preschool for All serves children ages 3 to 5 years old who are screened and identified as not progressing at a rate anticipated for potential success in kindergarten due to one or more at-risk variables. At-risk factors can include delays identified on screening instruments in the area of intellectual processing, academics, speech/communication, social-emotional development, and/or motor development. In addition, family environmental factors such as low income, homeless, parent/sibling with disability, parent education level, family structure, non-English speaking household, and others are also considered when identifying at-risk eligibility. This program is funded with an Illinois State Board of Education Early Childhood Block Grant in the amount of $1,587,230 in 2013-14. Please call  (847) 357-5213 to schedule a developmental screening appointment.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

District 54 is also required by state law to provide education to students ages 3 to 5 who have been identified as needing special education due to a disability. These students are not part of the grant funding. Please contact Dyanne Frey at (847) 357-5062 for more information.

Preschool For All – Prevention Initiative 0-3

Prevention Initiative offers parent-child interaction opportunities and child development information through weekly personal visits facilitated by our Parent Educators. Families also participate in group connections, parenting workshops and adult education opportunities. Families with children who are 0 to 3 years of age must meet special at-risk criteria. This program is funded with an Illinois State Board of Education Preschool for All – Prevention Initiative Birth to 3 Grant in the amount of $128,744. Please contact Joy Schroeder at (847) 357-5213  or  email ELCparentresource <>  for screening and registration information.

Child Resource Centers

Child and Family Educators facilitate a variety of parent-child interaction opportunities for District 54 children and their families at each of our Community Resource Centers (locations listed below).

  • Hoffman Estates Village Hall
  • Hoffman Estates Police Department
  • Woodfield Crossing
  • Keller Junior High School