Early Childhood Education


For information about the full range of District 401's programs for preschool and kindergarten students, please visit the Early Childhood Center's website.

The remainder of this section concerns the Preschool for All Program overseen by the Department of Student Services.


Preschool for All Program


The goal of the ECC's Preschool for All Program is to provide high quality preschool services for families in order to increase the percentage of students who enter kindergarten academically and social-emotionally prepared. 

We seek to provide services to children ages 3-5 who are not yet age-eligible for kindergarten and who are at risk of academic failure due to a multitude of risk factors. 

We seek to support the whole child, including providing resources to families within an inclusive, developmentally appropriate environment.

Through a comprehensive screening and quality review process that is based on data, we ensure that our program meets the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale and best practices within early childhood education. 

The District 401 Preschool for All Program is offered five days per week and follows the District's calendar. We offer two sessions, either in the morning or afternoon. Each session lasts two hours and 40 minutes.

Students qualify for the Preschool for All Program based on data collected during screenings.


Other Preschool Programming


We also offer a tuition-based preschool program. For additional information, please contact Ms. Pamela Stutzman at 708-583-5852 or stutzmanp@epcusd401.org.