Why is the District establishing its own preschool?
The establishment of a District early learning program ensures that we are able to provide a research-based curriculum that aligns to the Illinois Early Learning Standards. By creating a district-based, five-day per week program, not only are we able to provide more Geneva children with access to an early learning program, but we are also able to provide more instructional time to our special needs students in an inclusive setting.
The communities of St. Charles, Batavia, Oswego, Naperville, and Plainfield all have park district preschool programs that function independently from the school districts’ preschool programs. Like these communities, our District is not looking to compete with the Park District. The Park District has served our community well for many years and will continue to do so. The Geneva 304 Early Learning Program will look different and provide a different set of experiences. We are glad to be able to provide one more early learning option for children and their families.
The Geneva 304 Early Learning Program will:
- Create a five day a week program for all three and four-year-old students in blended programs. This would more than double the time that our three-year-old students are provided instruction and increase our four-year-old programming by 78 school days.
- Provide research-based instruction aligned with the Early Learning Standards. We must plan curriculum around the needs of the students.
- Give students opportunities to further develop fine and gross motor skills.
- Provide our students with a high-structured environment that is conducive to collaboration among teachers, speech pathologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and special education administrators.
- Give students the opportunity to build positive relationships with others, assist them in generalizing independent living skills and the social skills necessary to strive in today’s learning environment.
- Provide a Continuum of Services that meets the needs of all students and complies with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- Ensure that staff are provided appropriate professional development to meet the diverse needs of all learners.
- Ensure that all staff hold a Professional Educator’s License (PEL) through the Illinois State Board of Education.
Will the Geneva 304 Early Learning Program provide bus transportation?
No. Busing is not available for tuition-based students at this time. Busing will be provided to students with IEPs in certain circumstances.
What curriculum does the Geneva 304 Early Learning Program utilize?
The Geneva 304 Early Learning Program uses The Creative Curriculum for Preschool. The Creative Curriculum is based on five fundamental principles. They guide practice and help us understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and operating preschool programs in particular ways. These are the principles:
- Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
- Social–emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
- Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
- The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
- Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.
Are all of the teachers certified through the state of Illinois?
Yes. All of the teachers are certified in Early Childhood Education as well as Special Education.
Does the preschool follow the regular school calendar?
Yes. The Geneva 304 Early Learning Program will follow the District's School Year Calendar
. Early Learning students do not attend on District 304 half days.
What is the student/teacher ratio?
Each tuition-based classroom will have up to 15 students with one teacher and one instructional assistant.