Early Childhood

Department Summary

The Cicero School District 99 Early Childhood and Pre K program offers a child-centered and developmentally appropriate pre K program. A combination of teacher-lead and student-lead learning experiences are provided each and every day.

Cicero School District 99 offers a full continuum of learning opportunities for students based on his or her individual needs.For children who meet the criteria for the preschool for all grant they are placed in a pre K school classroom that ranges from 15- 20 students.The majority of the students in this classroom are considered within the typical range of development or are such with a minor speech delay.

For children who demonstrate additional support needs or require special education services these services are offered across the continuum of environments.The program offers supports based on student needs.Many of the children in the Early Childhood and pre K programs receive their services in the pre K blended programs.The majority of the services in these programs are provided in the general education pre K program.For students needing more support the Early Childhood and Pre K program offers a variety of special education support in self-contained classrooms.Opportunity for the children in these programs to have typical experiences with children without special education support needs are a part of these programs as well.

Children in this program are supported through a combination of the preschool for all grant project, IDEA part B dollars, and local school funding.

The program has recently received the Gold Circle of Excellence as part of a State a Monitoring.It has also received positive reports for its inclusion of all students.

Mission Statement

District 99 EC/ Pre-Kindergarten

It is the mission of the District 99 Early Childhood Program to provide exceptional early childhood education for the children and families of Cicero.Regardless of race, religion, native language or level of functioning we believe that all students should be afforded an equal opportunity to learn.Preparing our youngest pupils for the challenges of tomorrow, we strive to help children build their basic skills through dynamic teaching and hands on learning.In order for our students to be successful lifelong learners we must partner with their parents.Parent involvement at home and at school boosts program effectiveness and all aspects of school readiness.When parents take part in their children’s education they do better in school and the quality of their educational experiences improve.Furthermore, we believe that the most important teachers in any classroom area a student’s peers.For this reason, we desire to construct a learning environment to tolerance and understanding that all children might benefit from each other and our diverse curriculum.

In District 99 Early Childhood and Pre K program the Illinois Early Learning Standards are just the beginning.We strive for education and access to educational opportunity in the least restrictive environment.

Locations

The EC program is located 9 sites in order to offer a continuum of services across the district. The locations are as follows:

EC Center

Cicero West

Lincoln

Columbus West

Sherlock

Drexel

Warren Park

Goodwin

Liberty

Early Childhood Office Staff

Ernest Cherullo, Director of Early Childhood and Pre K Services
Email: echerullo@cicd99.edu
Office Phone: 708-982-4500

Thomas Geraghty, Administrator of EC Services
email: tgeraghty@cicd99.edu
Office Phone: 708-982-4500

Department Personnel:

Gloria Martinez, Clerk for EC and Pre K Services
Email: gmartinez@cicd99.edu
Office Ph: 708-982-4500

Mary Labudzik, Clerk for EC and Pre K Services
Email: mlabudzik@cicd99.edu
Office Phone: 708-982-4500

Irene Nateras, Clerk for EC and Pre K Services
Email: inateras@cicd99.edu
Office Phone: 708-952-4500

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Contact Info

Ernest Cherullo,
Director of Early Childhood Programs
Email: echerullo@cicd99.edu
Office Ph: 708-982-4500

Thomas Geraghty, Administrator of EC Services
email: tgeraghty@cicd99.edu
Office Phone: 708-982-4500

Department Personnel:

Gloria Martinez, Clerk for EC and Pre K Services
Email: gmartinez@cicd99.edu
Office Ph: 708-982-4500

Mary Labudzik, Clerk for EC and Pre K Services
Email:
mlabudzik@cicd99.edu
Office Phone: 708-982-4500

Irene NaterasEmail:
inateras@cicd99.edu
Office Phone: 708-952-4500


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