Services for Children 3-5

Typical children between the ages of 3-5 spend their days at community pre-schools, child-care programs, or being cared for by their relatives. However, if the child has a developmental concern, you may be eligible to enroll them in an early childhood class offered at their local school district. If the child has been found to be experiencing academic challenges, they might attend a Pre-K program offered by Head Start or the local school district.

The following questions will help you explore the various educational options for children between the ages of 3 and 5.

What types of programs are available for children aged 3-5?

Educational programming available to preschool-aged children includes early childhood special education, at-risk Pre-K, Head Start, community preschools, and childcare programs. Find out more about the types of programs available for children 3-5.

What are the differences in service settings for children 3-5?

If your child is eligible for special education services, you may have already heard terms like "least restrictive environment," "inclusion," "dual placement," or "blended program" to describe their educational setting. Find out more about various service settings and how you can support your child in these programs.

What types of professionals and providers might be working with my child?

There are a variety of therapists, educators, and health professionals who might be involved in providing early childhood educational services to your child. Learn more about the types of professionals that might be working with your child and their possible roles.

What does it mean to transition to and from an Early Childhood program?

Times of transition can be scary to parent and child alike. When your child turns 3 they will "transition" into a 3-5 program. When your child reaches 5 or 6, they will then "transition" into kindergarten. Find out more about early childhood transitions.

What if I don't agree?

Sometimes you find that you do not agree with an evaluation or a placement setting. Sometimes you have been denied services you feel your child needs. Find out more about the legal aspects of special education and how to successfully advocate for your child.

Contact Us

Johnna Darragh-Ernst

Professor Early Childhood Education

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

Email: johnna.darragh@heartland.edu