Welcome to Preschool

  • District 200 offers several different preschool programs:     Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center Logo

    • Grant-Funded Pre-Kindergarten Program (Preschool for All)
    • Tuition-Based Preschool
    • Dual Language Preschool
    • Special Education Program

    D200 preschool programs are held at the Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center, and at Greenwood Elementary School.  Both morning and afternoon sessions are available.

    For more information on any programming at Dierzen, contact us at 815-338-8883, or email Principal Tricia Bogott at tbogott@wcusd200.org.

Grant-Funded Pre-Kindergarten (Preschool for All)

  • Grant-Funded Pre-Kindergarten – (Preschool for All)

    The grant-funded PreK program, (also known as Preschool for All or PFA) serves children who, because of their home and community environment, are subject to language, economic and similar disadvantages, and who have been determined, through a screening process, to be at risk of academic failure.

    Families who want to enroll their 3, 4 or 5-year-old in the tuition-free grant-funded preschool must first schedule a screening appointment to determine if their child is eligible. The process, which is free, assesses a child’s developmental skills, and identifies whether he or she would benefit from some early assistance prior to entering kindergarten. Eligible children may then be registered for preschool depending upon classroom availability.

    Preschool screenings are conducted at the Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center.

    To schedule a preschool screening, please contact us at 815.338.8883

    ♦ Preschool Screening Dates

    2019-20 
    2020-21

    ♦ Feches de evaluaciones preescolar

    2019-20
    2020-21

Tuition-Based Preschool

  • This program is open to 3-5 year-old children whose families reside either in or outside of District 200 boundaries, and who don’t qualify for the grant-funded program.  

      • Program is conducted by teachers who hold Early Childhood and/or Early Childhood Special Education degrees and Illinois teaching licenses including ESL and/or Bilingual endorsements
      • Classroom assistants have a minimum of 30 hours of college credit
      • Class size ratio is 16 children to one teacher + associate
      • Curriculum is aligned with D200 and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards
      • Program provides an easy transition from preschool to D200 kindergarten
      • Two-day, three-day, and five-day programs are available
      • Morning and afternoon sessions are available
      • On-site before- and after-school care is available through the D200 Kids Club program
      • Bus transportation for tuition-based students is available for families who live on a current D200 bus route


    Preschool Options 

    Fee Busing 

    Families in the Tuition Preschool programs may be eligible for bus service, for a fee. For eligibility and more information, please contact the Transportation Department at 815-338-4777. 

    Application

    • Applications accepted beginning Jan. 24, 2020
    • Required application materials include:
      • Original or certified copy of student's birth certificate
      • Copy of a valid state ID or driver's license
      • A non-refundable deposit of $110
        (* A slight increase may be added to the current fee pending action by the Board of Education during the budget development process.)
      • Completed application form
      • Prior to entry in the program, a physical examination and proof of immunizations will be required 


       General Preschool Information AND Tuition Application Form 

       Información de preescolar Y solicitud de aplicación para preescolar matriculado


    For more information, contact Principal Tricia Bogott or Assistant Principal Michelle Martin at 815-338-8883.

Dual Language Preschool

  • Eighteen English language learners and 18 Spanish language learners will be accepted into the dual language preschool, which will run five days a week with morning and afternoon sessions. Instruction will be presented in both languages with the goal of helping students become proficient in a second language. To be considered for the program, a child must be four years old by Sept. 1, 2020 and live within District 200 attendance boundaries. 

    All applicants for the dual language preschool must attend a mandatory meeting at the school on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6:00 p.m. Information about the program, registration requirements, fees and bus transportation will be discussed and questions answered.

    • Applications accepted beginning Jan. 24, 2020
    • Dual Language applications must be received by Feb. 21, 2020
    • Program is conducted by teachers who hold Early Childhood and/or Early Childhood Special Education degrees and Illinois teaching licenses including ESL and/or Bilingual endorsements
    • Classroom assistants have a minimum of 30 hours of college credit
    • Class size ratio is 18 children to one teacher + associate
    • Curriculum is aligned with D200 and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards
    • Program provides an easy transition from preschool to D200 kindergarten
    • Program is five-days per week
    • 5 Day Program is $345
    • 2020-21 Tuition Payment Schedule 
    • Morning and afternoon sessions are available
    • On-site before-and after-school care is available through the D200 Kids Club program
    • Families in the Tuition Preschool programs may be eligible for bus service, for a fee. For eligibility and more information, please contact the Transportation Department at 815-338-4777.


       General Preschool Information AND Dual Language Application Form  

      Información de preescolar Y solicitud de preescolar de lenguaje dual

    For more information, contact Principal Tricia Bogott or Assistant Principal Michelle Martin at 815-338-8883.

Special Education Preschool

  • Special Education programs are for students with more significant delays.  These programs provide more individualized instruction based on the students' needs. For specific information on special education preschool, please contact us at 815-338-8883, or email Principal Tricia Bogott at tbogott@wcusd200.org