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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:

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. 

Contact Us

Johnna Darragh-Ernst

Professor Early Childhood Education

1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8746