Early Childhood

By Kelly Zimmerman

The Early Childhood program offered by Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A serves students who have been identified as having a disability. Students typically enter the Early Childhood program via Early Intervention Transition or Preschool Screening which identifies students who are in need of further assessment.

The Early Childhood program is delivered by staff members with different areas of expertise working together within the same setting. The program meets 5 days per week for 150 minutes per day (Both AM and PM Sessions are offered.). Door to door transportation is provided by the district. The District 113A Early Childhood Program is housed at Oakwood School, 1130 Kim Place, Lemont.

Preschool students with speech only needs are served in our walk-in speech program which meets at one of our district's schools, as arranged with parents.

Program Focus

To provide students 3 to 5 years of age who exhibit a variety of developmental delays:

  • An adapted developmental preschool curriculum
  • Programming to address communication, adaptive behavior, and motor development

Program Design

Average class size: 10
Staff/student ratio: 1:5
Half-day program (Mon.-Fri.)
AM: 8:45-11:15
PM: 12:45-3:15

Program Staff Include:

  • Early Childhood/Special Education Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals

The following related service providers are available as needed:

  • Psychologist
  • Vision Impaired Itinerant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Hearing Impaired Itinerant
  • Speech Language Therapist
  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Physical Therapist

Curricular Emphasis

  • Language-rich developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum delivered via a multi-sensory, theme-based approach
  • Speech and language development incorporating the use of words, sign language, picture-based augmentative communication systems and adapted computer programs
  • Emphasis included the development of cognitive, communication, daily living, fine and gross motor and social-emotional skills
  • Fine and gross motor activities provided by an Occupational Therapist within the classroom
  • Intensive behavioral support and intervention, as needed

Unique Characteristics

  • Small group instruction
  • Related services are provided through an integrated therapy approach to support educational goals within the classroom
  • Instructs students on the basis of annual goals and short-term objectives which are linked to the Illinois State Learning Standards
  • Newsletters sent home weekly for parents to reinforce school activities at home
  • Strong language based curriculum delivered via a multi-sensory theme based approach
  • Positive learning environment, creative planning, and exciting instruction delivered daily

Learning Friends Preschool

In addition, during the '16-'17 school year, the District piloted a blended preschool program. After a successful first year, our Board of Education supported the continuation of the program with the hope of including as many district resident children as possible in preschool education. The Learning Friends Preschool reintroduces blended Early Childhood programming to the district. Housed at Oakwood School, it blends children with disabilities and their typical peers, in a 5 day per week, half-day program, morning or afternoon. Several evening parent/child activities are offered throughout the year to complement the learning and solidify the home-child-school connection.

Learning Friends follows the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, which focuses on project-based investigations as a means for children to apply skills while addressing four areas of development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. It is designed to foster the development of the whole child through teacher-led, small and large group activities. Opportunities exist for self-selected activities which center around 10 main interest areas (blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, computers, and outdoors). In addition, students participate in daily gross motor time, and weekly library and music classes. The Illinois Early Learning and Developmental Standards provide the framework for instruction.

Registration is ongoing. All potential registrants will attend our early childhood screening. If you’re interested in learning more about this program, please contact Sue Buhle, Student Services Administrative assistant, at 630-257-2286 extension 4615 for details.

The following will inform you about the structures that govern early childhood education:

Have Questions? 

Please first see our Learning Friends FAQ for a list of frequently asked questions. You may find an answer to your question there.

If you still need more information please please contact:

Susan Wulczyn, Director of Student Services, (630) 257-2286 X4611
Kelly Zimmerman, Principal, Oakwood School, (630) 257-2286 X1101
or Joanne Policht, Assistant Principal, Oakwood School (630) 257-2286 X 1103

Program Time and Place

Morning Session 8:45 - 11:15 A.M.

Afternoon Session 12:45 - 3:15 P.M.

Oakwood School
1130 Kim Place
Lemont, Illinois 60439

Thank You!