Little Learners Preschool Program
Little Learners is a preschool program for children who will be 3 years of age, but no older than 4, on September 1, 2014 (born before September 2, 2011).The cost of the program for 2014-2015 is $3,300. Enrollment is open to families who reside in Winnetka and surrounding area. Priority is given to Winnetka residents Registration for Little Learners will open on December 6, 2013.
Jointly run by The Winnetka Public Schools and the North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED), this blended preschool, which is housed in Greeley School, has a maximum enrollment of 14 students. Seven spaces are reserved for students who have special needs and seven spaces are open to for same age peers.
This integrated preschool program is designed to support children’s social, language, cognitive/pre-academic, and motor development. Research has shown that shared learning experiences have positive effects for both children with and without special needs. The program is based on best practices in early childhood education.
The program uses the Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers which is a developmentally appropriate curriculum that targets 50 goals for all young learners in the areas of social-emotional, cognitive, language, and motor development. Children have opportunities for teacher-directed learning and self-directed exploration/play at 11 Interest Areas: Blocks, Dramatic Play, Toys and Games, Art, Library Discovery, Sand & Water, Music & Movement, Cooking, Computers and Outdoors.
- Preschool staff has specialized knowledge of child development
- High Adult: child ratio – expected to be 3:1
- Certified Early Childhood Teacher
- A classroom assistant
- Special Education supports for children with special needs, including:
- Speech/Language therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- School Psychologist consultation
If you have questions, please contact Mark Ditthardt, Director of Pupil Services, The Winnetka Public Schools, 847-446-9400 ext 2622 email: firstname.lastname@example.org