REACH Early Childhood Program
The REACH Early Childhood Program provides preschool education experiences to children ages three to five who live within Glenview School District 34. The program is an expansion of the existing District 34 Early Childhood and PreK programs and includes a mix of blended classes (including bilingual Spanish-English classes). Each blended class will include a mix of typically developing students (who pay tuition), students who meet at-risk criteria (and receive a tuition waiver), and students who have special education needs that are met within the classroom setting (and receive a tuition waiver).
We believe that each child is unique, develops at his/her own pace and is able to learn important life skills through play and interactions with others. The REACH program utilizes a play based approach through the Creative Curriculum in conjunction with Second Step and The Incredible Flexible You social-emotional curricula. Each classroom uses a variety of learning centers including science and discovery, art, reading, dramatic play, toys and games, blocks, and outdoor learning. Students also attend twice weekly Music and Movement classes.
Our staff and facilities
REACH classrooms are housed at Westbrook School and are staffed by one teacher and two teaching associates. All of our teachers are dually certified in early childhood and special education with an additional endorsement in English Language Learner instruction. In addition, a social worker, school psychologist, several speech and language pathologists, an occupational therapist, and physical therapist are fully integrated into the program curriculum to provide support to all students.
The REACH program is for 3 and 4 year-olds and features morning and afternoon sessions 5 days per week. You must turn 3 by 9/1/18. This year's hours are:
- Morning session: 8:45 – 11:15 a.m.
- Afternoon session: 12:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Program tuition for typically developing students is $2,550 per year. The program is provided free of charge for at-risk and special education students.
At-risk student eligibility is based on the child’s performance on a preschool screening along with the presence of one or more risk factors. Special education eligibility is determined through a process that may include agency, parent, or doctor referral and a multi-disciplinary evaluation.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in the REACH program for the 2018-19 school year, please contact Stefanie Shefler at 847-626-4121. If you are applying for a tuition waiver, you will be asked to complete additional paperwork and may also be asked to bring your child to school for a screening. Determinations about tuition waivers for at-risk applicants will be made in late spring (May-June) of 2018.
If you have additional questions about the REACH program or would like to schedule a tour, please contact Stefanie Shefler, Assistant Principal, Westbrook School, at 847-626-4121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about Early Childhood services
Glenview School District 34 conducts developmental screenings for any District 34 children ages 0-5 years for whom there are developmental concerns. If you have concerns about your child’s development, please contact Jennifer Franco email@example.com at 847-657-2492 to schedule a screening.
Itinerant Speech Services:
This model of speech/language service delivery is offered to students who are three-five years of age, are eligible for special education services under the category of speech/language, and are not enrolled in the REACH program. Students come with their parent or guardian for speech/language therapy usually one to two times per week. Students are seen by a speech/language pathologist who works with them in a small group or individually. Often times the parent observes therapy so they can carry over these activities and models within the home.