Preschool for All Program in District 129
The Early Learning Academy is a District 129 West Aurora Preschool for All (PFA) Illinois state funded program. At The Early Learning Academy, we believe that the educational development and success of children can be significantly enhanced when children participate in early childhood programs and services. The Early Learning Academy program is founded on research based knowledge about child development. We strive to promote the child’s emotional, physical, mental and social well-being and support and nurture families at the same time.
Children must be 3 years of age before they can be screened at The Early Learning Academy. The goal of screenings is to identify and serve the neediest of children. A screening is a short administered tool and/or checklist that identifies children for the Todd PFA program or identifies children for further evaluation/assessment. Children may qualify for the PFA program based upon several program determined risk factors. Each child and family is unique. A child and their family member(s) must go through the screening and parent interview (see below) to see if they qualify for the program. Screenings are done almost every month. Please call 630-301-5016 for a screening appointment. Screening appointments fill quickly and The Early Learning Academy is only equipped to do so many screenings per month.
Screening Tools used at Early Learning Academy:
· Brigance: This screening provides a quick, easy, and accurate screening of skills that are critical predictors of school success, including physical development, language, academic/cognitive, self-help, and social-emotional skills.
· Pre-IPT: The Pre-IPT is a language dominance assessment given in English or Spanish depending upon the needs of the child. The test covers four basic areas of oral language proficiency: Vocabulary, Comprehension, Syntax, and Verbal Expression. As the administration of the test progresses, children advance through as many of five levels as they can before reaching the ceiling of their proficiency.
· Parent Interview: Parents and one of our Parent Educators will sit and have a conversation about their child. At this time any concerns or information can be shared in confidentiality.
· Hearing and Vision Screening: This is a quick assessment to test the child’s hearing and vision. It is administered by a registered nurse.
What should parents bring to a screening?
· Please bring your child to the screening. We will not be able to proceed without your child present
· Birth Certificate- legal state issued
· 2 proofs of residency- Water, landline phone, gas, cable bills (bills must be connected to the household address)
For questions, call 630-301-5016.