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Thank you for your interest in deLacey's Family Education Center Preschool Programs.

Our School offers Three Different Preschool Programs

Preschool for All (PFA); Early Childhood Special Education Program; Parent Paid Program

We offer a balanced early childhood program for Children Aged 3 to 5 years old.  Our program fosters the development of early literacy skills in children which will help them to become more successful readers. The program consists of classroom activities that introduce children to written words in their environment, emerging letter recognition and phonemic awareness, the letter/sound relationship. In addition we provide the children with high interest activities such as science, art and dramatic play, in the classroom.

We are pleased that you are interested in our program. Our admission process for the Preschool for All and Early Childhood Special Education Program begins with screening. We take screening requests for 3 and 4 year-olds. For children who will be age-eligible for kindergarten the next school year, we accept screening request until January 15th of the current year.

  • The process begins with completion of the Initial Screening Contact Form. The form can be down loaded from the website located at the bottom of this page. Please return completed application to deLacey or scan it to Pleasse contact Kathy Spann at (224) 484-2380 or if you have any questions.
  • Once the form has been completed you will receive the ASQ-3 in the mail, which is the first stage of screening. As part of the program we provide the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3rd Edition (ASQ-3), to help you keep track of your child's development.
  • It is called a screener because it looks at how children are doing in important areas such as speech, physical ability, social skills, and problem solving skills. ASQ-3 can help identify your child's strengths as well as any areas where your child may need support.
  • As a parent or caregiver you are the best source of information about your child. That's why the ASQ-3 questionnaire is designed to be filled out by you. You should be able to complete the ASQ-3 in 10-15 minutes.
  • As soon as you have completed the ASQ-3 return it in the self-addressed envelope that you received with the form.
  • Upon receipt of the completed ASQ-3 at deLacey it will scored and the results reviewed and recommendations made every Wednesday by the screening team, which consists of a speech/language pathologist, social worker, early childhood/special education teacher, and a psychologist.
  • You will then receive in the mail the recommendations which will be:
  • Developmentally appropriate with a list of area preschools your child could attend, recommendation of Preschool for All, or a date for your child to attend further screening using the DIAL 3. 
  • The DIAL 3 screening team will consist of an early childhood teacher, early childhood special education teacher, school psychologist, speech/language therapist and social worker. The DIAL 3 is a standardized screening instrument which assess your child's  fine(small) and gross(large) motor skills, concept development, and speech/language skills.
  • The results of the DIAL 3 screening will be given to the parent on the day of their child's screening. These results will be one of the following result:               

Developmentally appropriate which would not qualify for the Preschool for All program but you could enroll in our tuition paid  program. Qualifying for the Preschool for All program; Qualifying for a program does not guarantee placement in a classroom. If our program is full your child will be placed in our waiting pool. You will be contacted when an opening is available.  Recommendation for further evaluation using play-based assessment.

  • If your child qualifies for the Preschool for All program and there is an opening you will be asked to complete the registration forms for the program. The registration process takes approximately 20 minutes to complete the paperwork. You will to bring with you two documents which confirm your local address, i.e. electric bill, phone bill. NOTE: Parents bring children to school and pick them up each day for the Preschool For All and Tuition Programs. There is no registration fee for the Preschool For All Program.


Phone: 224-484-2300
Fax: 224-484-2319
deLacey Family Education Center
50 Cleveland Avenue
Carpentersville, IL 60110
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