Early Childhood

Early Childhood

Zion District 6 offers a continuum of special education services to meet the unique educational needs of the three to five year old students with disabilities. The range of available services is designed in compliance with the federal and state guidelines supporting the least restrictive environment in which services can be provided. Least restrictive environment means providing services in settings similar to programs provided to typical preschool children.

Preschool children are found eligible to participate in district services through an identification and assessment process. The assessment of preschool children focuses on the expectations and growth of the preschool child, and the evaluation of developmental skills, which are the foundation for academic and social learning. The assessed skill areas relate to academic functioning and are divided into five developmental domains: cognitive skills, fine and gross motor skills, self-help skills, social skills and speech and language skills. 

Early Childhood Identification Procedures
District 6 provides preschool screenings on a regular basis throughout the school year. Three, four and five-year-old children, who have not entered kindergarten and are residents of Zion School District 6, may participate in the district screening. The child must be registered for the screening through the District 6 Special Services office (847-872-5455 x 0121). Screenings are free of charge. The screening process provides basic information about the child in the areas of cognitive, motor, social and speech and language development. The preschool screening is designed to identify developmental lags or areas of concern. Further assessment in one or all of the domains may be indicated from the results of the screening. 

When further assessment is indicated, parents will be asked to sign a consent for the evaluation at the time of the screening.  After permission to evaluate is obtained, the child will be referred to the Special Education District of Lake County. SEDOL has sixty school days to complete the assessment and meet with parents to discuss results. If the child qualifies for special education services as a result of the evaluation and team meeting, goals and objectives are written. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for providing services is developed, and program placement is determined. The Individualized Education Plan is reviewed on an annual basis, adjusted and revised as necessary. 

Finally, a preschool child may be brought to the attention of the Early Childhood Education team by parent referral. To schedule an appointment for Pre-School screening please call 847-872-0255.

Early Childhood Education Service Options
The District 6 Early Childhood Program offers a range of offerings. The program is based on each child’s individual needs. These needs are determined after an extensive assessment. The possible programs are listed below.ning, voice fluency).

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