Welcome to Early Years

The Early Years Program began in 1986 with 1 classroom at Lafayette School, 2 teachers and a teacher's aide. There were 15 students the first year.

Today the program has grown to include 8 classrooms in our Early Years Center at 516 Jordan Street. We also have a classroom in Murrayville at the Murrayville United Methodist Church hall. There are 8 teachers, 8 paraprofessionals, 3 Parent Educators, a Principal, a secretary, a nurse, and 2 custodians on staff to serve 240 students.  

A Birth to 3 program staffed by 7 Parent Educators has also been added to Early Years to provide services for families with younger children. The Birth to 3 program currently serves about 100 families within the Jacksonville School District.

We have enjoyed serving the Jacksonville community for over 30 years and look forward to many more years of growth and learning!

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The Early Years Program Prevention Initiative Services

Learn more about our Prevention Initiative program for children and families from prenatal to 3 years of age. Services include home visiting, lapsits, parenting groups, developmental screenings, and more. Call the Early Years Program for more information at 243-2876.






Late Start Due to Inclement Weather 

Early Years will be utilizing “Late Start” days due to extreme wind chill temperatures or icy road conditions according to Jacksonville School District guidelines. On Late Start days, school will begin two (2) hours later than usual and buses will run their regular routes unless otherwise noted.

Full Day classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. and there will be no Half Day AM classes.

Full Day students who ride the bus to school will be picked up two (2) hours later than usual.

There will be no Before School Care on Late Start days.

Half Day PM classes and buses will run on their regular schedules.

“Late Start” is an option to allow school districts to continue with school (while starting later) and therefore eliminate the use of a snow day.  The decision for wind chill and ice situations should be made by approximately 5:30 a.m.  Notice will be sent by the Superintendent or Principal via School Messenger as soon as a determination has been made. In addition to School Messenger, we will notify the local radio and television stations of Late Start by 5:30 am. Listen to the following stations for weather-related school closings:

Radio

WJIL 1550 AM

WLDS 1180 AM

WEAI 107.1 FM

WJVO 105.5 FM

WYMG 100.5 FM

WNNS 98.7 FM

WIBI 91.1 FM


Television

ABC News Channel 20

WAND TV Channel 17

 

Information about Late Start and school cancellations will also be posted on the school district website and the Early Years website.

Please contact the Early Years office at (217) 243-2876 if you have any questions or concerns.


Arrival & Dismissal: 

Parent/visitor parking is allowed in the west lot. There is no parking allowed in front of the school on Jordan Street from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. or from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. to ensure the safety of our students and to avoid blocking traffic. The east lot is for staff parking and loading and unloading of buses only. Families and visitors to the Early Years Program may NOT park in the High School Apartments parking lot directly across from our building. The lot is private property and unauthorized vehicles may be towed at their discretion.

The main door at the front of the building on Jordan Street is the only entrance and exit to be used by families and children or any other visitors to Early Years.

From 8:00 to 8:35 take students to their classroom. After 8:35 you must sign them in at the office. For afternoon classes, if after 12:00 p.m., you must sign them in at the office.
Be sure that your child is never left alone and walk them to the Gym or the classroom door. Parents bringing children to PM classes will need to be buzzed in and wait with their child in the foyer.

All buildings are locked for student safety. The Early Years building is locked after 
8:35 a.m. and will remain locked for the rest of the day. Visitors (including parents and caregivers) must check-in at the office, if after 8:35 for full day/morning classes or 12:00 for afternoon classes, to receive a pass before being welcomed into the classroom
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At dismissal, children will be released to the parent by the teacher or assistant.  For safety reasons, you must walk up to receive your child; we will not send them to you. Weather permitting, children will be in their designated class area in front of the school for pickup. In the case of inclement weather, students may be picked up in the Gym.


Early Years 2018 - 2019 Calendar
2018 - 2019 Calendar


Welcome to the 2018 - 2019 School Year!

The Early Years Program has moved!  We are at 516 Jordan Street effective August 22, 2018.  Our phone number is still the same and we can be reached at 217-243-2876. 

Full day classes are from 
8-2:30.  
Morning classes are from 
8:00-10:45
Afternoon classes are from 
11:45-2:30.




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