At-Risk Pre-Kindergarten Education
What is it?
The Illinois Prekindergarten Program for Children At Risk of Academic Failure and Preschool for All program provides state funds for local school districts to provide programming to children who are not eligible for early childhood special education programming, but have been identified as having academic challenges. The Illinois State Board of Education has two resources that describe Pre-K in Illinois:
- Parent flyer for Preschool For All (PDF)
- "Illinois State Board of Education's Birth to Five Funding & Programs: The Early Childhood Block Grant, Prevention Initiative, and Preschool for All" (PDF) is a technical document that provides the history of at-risk programs, essential program components, and a handout for parents on why Pre-K is important.
Who is eligible?
Participants may be eligible based on low family income, because the family's primary language is not English, or because some home or community factor places the child in an at-risk situation. Children may enroll in this type of classroom if space is available and if the child has been found "at risk" through a Child Find screening.
How to get services?
Contact a local Child & Family Connections Office or your local school district for details on screenings.