Welcome to Preschool

  • District 200 offers several different preschool programs:     VDELC logo

    • Tuition-Based Preschool
    • Dual Language Preschool
    • Grant-Funded Pre-Kindergarten Program (Preschool for All)
    • Special Education Program

    D200 preschool programs are held at the Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center, and at Greenwood Elementary School.  Both morning and afternoon sessions are available.

    For more information on any programming at Dierzen, contact us at 815-338-8883, or email Principal Tricia Bogott at tbogott@wcusd200.org.


    REGISTRATION

    Please note, that the online link found on the D200 Registration page is for KINDERGARTEN registration. ALL families interested in PreK registration must contact Verda Dierzen ELC directly at 815.338.8883 for the PreK screening and registration process. 

    The application forms for tuition-based preschool and Dual Language preschool are linked in the sections below.

Tuition-Based Preschool

  • 2022-23 Tuition-Based Preschool

    This program is open to 3-5-year-old children whose families reside either in or outside of District 200 boundaries, and who don’t qualify for the grant-funded program. 

    • Teachers who hold Early Childhood and/or Early Childhood Special Education Degrees and Illinois Teaching Licenses including ESL Endorsements and/or Bilingual Endorsements
    • Classroom assistants who have a minimum of 30 hours of college credit
    • The class size ratio of 16 children to one teacher and associate
    • Curriculum aligned with District 200 and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards
    • Easy transition from preschool to District 200 kindergarten program  
    • Two, three, or five days a week programs
    • Morning and afternoon sessions are available
    • Bus transportation for tuition-based students is available for families for a fee
    • Must be 3 years old to be enrolled

    • 2022-23 Tuition-Based Preschool • Click here to download and/or print this information

    • 2022-23 Preescolar Pagado • Haga clic aquí para la información en Español


    Preschool Options 

    • 5 Day Program $345.00
    • 3 Day Program $227.00
    • 2 Day Program $169.00
    • Optional transportation is available for a fee

    • 2022-23 Payment Due Dates 

    • 2022-23 Fechas de vencimiento del pago


    Application

    • Required application materials include:
      • Original or certified copy of  student’s birth certificate
      • Copy of a valid state ID or driver’s license
      • A non-refundable deposit of $110 
      • Completed application forms
    • Prior to entry to the program, a physical examination and proof of immunizations will also be required.
    • This is the first step of the application process.  Once your application is accepted, you will then complete the registration process.

    2022-23 Tuition-based preschool application form

    2022-23 Solicitud para el programa de preescolar pagado

    For more information, contact Principal Tricia Bogott or Assistant Principal Suzanne Evenson at 815-338-8883.

Dual Language Preschool

  • 2022-23 Dual Language Preschool

    Our Program Includes:

    • Teachers who hold Early Childhood and/or Early Childhood Special Education Degrees and Illinois Teaching Certificates including ESL endorsements and/or Bilingual endorsements
    • Classroom assistants who have a minimum of 30 hours of college credit
    • Class size ratio of 18 children to one teacher and associate
    • Curriculum aligned with District 200 and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards
    • Easy transition from preschool to District 200 kindergarten program
    • Five-day per week program
    • Both morning and afternoon session availability 
    • Bus transportation for tuition-based students is available for families at a fee
       

    2022-23 Dual Language Preschool • Click here to download and/or print this information

     2022-23 Programa de Lenguaje Dual Preescolar • Haga clic aquí para la información en Español 


    Eligibility

    • Must be 4 years old by September 1, 2022
    • 18 English Language Learners
    • 18 Spanish Language Learners
    • Grant funded preschool students
    • Tuition preschool students
    • Available for in-district students only  

    Fees

    • A monthly tuition fee will be charged to families not eligible for grant funding
    • A non-refundable deposit of $110 will be charged to families not eligible for grant funding
    • Optional transportation is available for a fee

    Selection Process & Application 

    • A lottery will be held if there are more applications than spaces available
    • Students with siblings currently in the K-12 Dual Language Program will not be guaranteed entry into the Preschool Dual Language Program
    • This is the first step of the application process.  Once your application is accepted, you will then complete the application process.

    • 2022-23 Dual Language preschool application form

    2022-23 Solicitud para el programa de preescolar de Lenguaje Dual pagado

     For more information, contact Principal Tricia Bogott or Assistant Principal Suzanne Evenson at 815-338-8883.


    Mandatory Parent Meeting

    Parents/guardians of all applicants for the dual language preschool must attend a virtual mandatory meeting on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 6:00 p.m. Information about the program, registration requirements, fees and bus transportation will be discussed and questions answered.

    Google Meeting Link:

Grant-Funded Pre-Kindergarten (Preschool for All)

  • Grant-Funded Pre-Kindergarten – (Preschool for All)

    The grant-funded PreK program, (also known as Preschool for All or PFA) serves children who, because of their home and community environment, are subject to language, economic and similar disadvantages, and who have been determined, through a screening process, to be at risk of academic failure.

    Families who want to enroll their 3, 4 or 5-year-old in the tuition-free grant-funded preschool must first schedule a screening appointment to determine if their child is eligible. The process, which is free, assesses a child’s developmental skills, and identifies whether he or she would benefit from some early assistance prior to entering kindergarten. Eligible children may then be registered for preschool depending upon classroom availability.

    Preschool screenings are conducted at the Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center.               "Preschool Screening"

Special Education Preschool

  • Special Education programs are for students with more significant delays.  These programs provide more individualized instruction based on the students' needs. For specific information on special education preschool, please contact us at 815-338-8883, or email Principal Tricia Bogott at tbogott@wcusd200.org