Program Description
The Crete-Monee Early Learning Center (ELC) Preschool Program is designed to serve children who are academically at-risk. Parents of 3 and 4-year old children who are not yet eligible to attend kindergarten for the upcoming school year may contact the ELC for additional program information.

The ELC has various types of classrooms, designed to meet the specific needs of your child. 

SMILLE Classrooms (Sensory Motor Integration Language Learning Environments): We have 1 SMILLE classroom for 3-5 year olds, and one for Kindergarten- 1st Grade. These classrooms have the highest amount of
support for your child, with one classroom teacher and several assistants to accommodate your child.

 Early Childhood Instructional Classrooms: These are special education classrooms with a maximum of 10 children, with one classroom teacher and 2 assistants.

Blended Classrooms: These are standard education classrooms with the support of a special  education teacher and one assistant. There is a maximum of 15 students.

Pre-K Classrooms: These are standard education classrooms with 1 classroom teacher and 1 assistant. There is a maximum of 20 students
What Does “Academically At-Risk” Mean?
Academically at-risk means concerns in major areas exist that may impact a child’s academic development. These areas include: motor skills, social-emotional skills, speech and language skills, concept development, physical development, health, behavior, attention, family situations, income status.

Preschool Screening
The preschool screening consists of three parts:

  • Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning (DIAL-4). Students are tested in several performance areas – Motor, Concepts, and Language – using a station approach. Children are tested by different examiners at each station. The entire test is completed in 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • Vision and Hearing Screening
  • Parent Questionnaire and Interview
At the conclusion of the screening, the results, recommendations, and possible next steps are shared with the parent.

Screenings are conducted at the Early Learning Center in August, October, December, February, and May.

Additional information and appointment scheduling may be made by contacting Crete-Monee Early Learning Center at (708) 367-2770.