Teaching and learning in the Early Learning Center takes
place in a student-centered, integrated learning environment. Our curriculum supports the Illinois Early Learning Standards. The program currently utilizes Creative Curriculum, a research-based, state approved
curriculum that uses teacher directed and child initiated learning to best respond to the students learning style and to build on strengths and interests. Teachers will guide learning in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology while supporting the child’s social/emotional development.
The Early Learning Center Program includes a variety of classroom settings and related services, with each classroom having a teacher and at least one paraprofessional. These options may include:
- Pre-K classrooms of no more than 20 students
- Special education classrooms with no more than 10 students
- Blended classrooms with no more than 15 students, with 5 students having an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- Related services in the area of speech/language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, functional vision, social work, etc. as identified through the IEP Process
All students must participate in a scheduled pre-school screening in order to be considered for the program.
The classroom activities designed at the ELC are aligned with the Illinois Early Learning Standards. The standards are general statements that provide teachers with reasonable expectations for children's development in the preschool years. Click the link below to view these standards.
Illinois Early Learning Standards
If you were unable to attend Curriculum Night for the 2016-2017 school year, please click the link below to review important information.
ELC School Improvement Plan 2016-2017