Welcome to CCSD 89 preschool
Community Consolidated School District 89 Preschool provides programs for 3- and 4-year-old children who reside within the CCSD 89 boundaries.
The half-day preschool programs are housed at Briar Glen Elementary School, 1800 Briarcliffe Blvd., Wheaton. There is a specialized preschool classroom and a CCSD 89 Head Start classroom at Arbor View Elementary School.
The district offers preschool for children with and without special needs. Also known as a blended or inclusive program, the district's tuition-based preschool educates children with special needs alongside their typically developing peers.
Each classroom is staffed with a certified early childhood teacher and at least one teaching assistant. The support staff at CCSD 89 preschool also includes an occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, physical therapist, social worker, and English-learners instructor.
CCSD 89 believes that preschool children learn best in a program that:
- Is language-based and utilizes thematic units;
- Strives to meet the needs of all children through differentiated instruction;
- Is developmentally based and provides instruction that proceeds through the sequence of development;
- Utilizes a team approach;
- Is warm and nurturing and encourages experimentation and risk-taking;
- Prepares children for continued school success and positive personal relationships; and
- Works with parents as partners.
CCSD 89 preschool is a language- and literacy-based preschool program. The district's program uses the research-based and research-proven Creative Curriculum. The Creative Curriculum helps the district create a high-quality learning environment that enables every child to become a creative, confident thinker. A typical day at CCSD 89 preschool might include a variety of the activities and centers listed here:
- Circle time
- Story time
- Sensory play
- Toys and games
- Dramatic play
- Outdoor play
- Free choice
The CCSD 89 multi-age preschool program is for 3- and 4-year-old children. This multi-age grouping resembles family and neighborhood groupings and has been proven to benefit both older and younger students. The 3/4 Program is available in the morning and afternoon. The morning session meets from 8:30 to 11:10 a.m. and the afternoon session meets from 12:30 to 3:10 p.m. The 3/4 program offers a rich variety of experiences in emergent-literacy, communication, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and social-emotional learning. The children learn through thematic learning centers, hands-on activities, and play.