The Little Learners Preschool program is founded on research-based knowledge about child development. It promotes the child’s emotional, physical, mental, and social well being, and supports and nurtures families. We are committed to providing a program where services and practices enable all children to be successful students and responsible citizens.
We are funded by a yearly renewable grant from the Illinois State Board of Education. The Illinois State Board of Education is committed to supporting early childhood education to ensure that all Illinois children develop a strong foundation for learning. Currently, the program is able to serve 120 children in two, half-day programs at Oak Valley School and NB Galloway School. Each class meets for two and one-half hours, five days a week, Monday through Friday. Each classroom teacher has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and is highly qualified. Each teacher assistant has 60 credit hours of college and is certified through the Will County Regional Office of Education.
Funding for the grant comes from state sales tax, state income tax, and some federal funds. The program does not receive any funds from property tax or school districts we serve. Parents pay nothing when the child is qualified and enrolled into this program. Students are brought to school by their parents and picked up from school each day.
The children are given a snack and milk each day. The children also do various cooking activities throughout the year. Large and small muscle movements, daily music, small group activities, crafts, stories, and free-play time are all components of the program. Social interaction is so important at this age and our classrooms are places where children can talk and interact with peers as well as teachers. Play is also very important for children of this age. This is how they will discover, explore, and problem-solve. By doing this, your child will become more self-aware and independent, while developing positive self-esteem. These are skills children need to be successful in life.
If you are interested in our program, please call 815-727-2359 or 815-727-5196.
Mrs. Paula Sereleas
Principal, Laraway Elementary School / Oak Valley School
Little Learners Program/Parent Coordinator