Preschool for All is a state-funded program through Ilinois State Board of Education that provides a high-quality learning environment. This includes comprehensive developmental screenings, a research-based curriculum, and learning activities that are aligned with Illinois Early Learning and Developmental Standards. These experiences provide children with a foundation of knowledge and skills that prepare them to become Kindergarten ready.
The focus of the Preschool for All (PFA) and Preschool for All Expansion (PFAE) programs is to prepare young children for Kindergarten readiness and future school success. Serving children at risk of academic failure, our program specialists develop connections with families, empowering them to be active participants in their child’s educational experience. Positive and reciprocal relationships are established through participation in monthly parent meetings, workshops, and parent-teacher conferences. Our high quality educational programs offer the skills and confidence needed to continue to grow and learn.
Preschool for All Partners
Here is a list of our Preschool for All Partners:
Fox Valley YMCA
3875 Eldamain Road
Plano, IL 60545
Garden of Prayer
101 Division Street
Aroma Park, IL 60910
One Hope United
500 Parks Avenue
Joliet, IL 60432
201 N. Walls Street
Kankakee, IL 60901
270 N. Schuyler
Kankakee, IL 60601
Children enrolled must be three years of age on or before September 1st. A child, who turns five years of age on or before September 1st, may not be enrolled into the program as he/she is eligible to begin kindergarten. The screening process includes having your child screened with the Ages and Stages Questionnaires-3, Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional, and filling out a list of eligibility criteria. Some criteria listed on the list include the following:
*Family is considered to be homeless
*Family has required services of DCFS/DCFS involvement
*Language other than English in the home
* Mother was under the age of 18 at the time of child’s birth
*Child was enrolled in Early Head Start
*Single parent family
* One or both parents are deceased
* One or both parents are incarcerated or past history of incarceration
*Eligible for Child Care Assistance Program
These criteria are just a few examples that are looked for during the screening process to determine eligibility for the CCR&R Preschool for All programs.
The Child Care Resource & Referral Preschool for All Program is in session for 180 days, Monday through Friday. All children enrolled must attend Monday through Friday at the designated times.