FOUNDATIONS FOR SUCCESS
for children ages birth to five years old.
Foundations for Success classes and programs are open to families with children under the age of 5 years who live in the Triad School District.
The Pre-K 3-5 program is funded annually by the state of Illinois as part of the Preschool for All Initiative. The program supports 100 students district-wide, so our task is to enroll those 100 three- and four-year-olds for whom we can make the biggest difference in terms of school readiness. To identify those children, we conduct play-based developmental and environmental screenings at least twice a year at Wakeland Center. Classes meet 5 days a week, from 8:45-11:15am OR 12:35-3:05 pm atHenning Elementary for all students. Each classroom has a maximum of 20 students and 2 teachers. Some students receiving special education services are blended into each Pre-K classroom as appropriate.
The Birth-3 program is funded annually by the state of Illinois as part of the Prevention Initiative. The program serves up to 12 families with children under the age of 3, starting prenatally. It is a 12-month voluntary, home visiting program in which each enrolled family has weekly or bi-weekly home visits with a certified parent educator. Visits follow the Parents as Teachers curriculum with activities that focus on child-centered parenting, parent and child interactions, and family well-being. Health and developmental screenings are conducted as part of enrollment. Support services include health, developmental and social service referrals, and transitioning into the Pre-K program at 3 years of age.
The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classrooms are supported by state and federal funding through the Triad School District. Students enrolled in these classrooms are eligible for special education services through an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and require a smaller class size to get the most out of their classroom experiences. Speech, occupational, physical and ABA therapies are provided as necessary and appropriate. Each classroom has a maximum of 10 students and at least 2 teachers. Classes meet 5 days a week, from 8:45-11:15am OR 12:35-3:05pm at Henning Elementary.
The Tuition Preschool and Daycare program is designed around the needs of Triad staff members with children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. There is one classroom with a maximum enrollment of 20 students and 2 teachers. However, when staff members do not fill the class, spots are opened to the community. The classroom at Silver Creek Elementary is open 5 days a week, from 7:00am to 4:30pm. Daycare services with certified classroom aides are provided before and after the regular preschool hours of 8:45am-3:00pm. Classroom availability is on the Triad school schedule, following all school vacations and holidays but is open on days that the teaching staff is at work (Teacher Institutes, Parent-Teacher conferences and School Improvement Days). Tuition is collected by the end of each month for the following month and based on Triad’s 180-day school year. Non-staff registrations are taken beginning in April for the following school year.
The Birth-Five Playgroup program offers up to 8 bi-weekly playgroups to any family in the Triad district with one or more children aged birth to 5 years old. Registration is free and opened at the beginning of each semester. Each one-hour playgroup offers both structured and unstructured play opportunities that include music, literacy, motor development, dramatic play, crafts, and socialization for adults and children to do together. It is a fun, low-pressure way for children to begin to get a feel for sharing, routine, transitions and turn-taking. Playgroups are held at C. A. Henning and facilitated by a Foundations for Success staff member.