Lake Bluff District 65 to offer ‘blended’ pre-K this fall

Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65 will launch its first pre-kindergarten program for typically-developing 3- and 4-year-olds this fall.

The district was already running a program for kids with special needs, which will now be open to all in-district pre-schoolers as a blended program. The pre-kindergarten teachers will instruct all children in the new program, regardless of their ability. Speech/language pathologists, reading specialists, occupational therapists and other support staff will work with children in the classroom who require support.

“It’s what’s best for kids,” Kevin Rubenstein, Director of Student Services, Technology and Assessment, said of the new blended program.

It’s important for students with special needs to learn alongside their typically-developing peers, who can serve as role models to help them progress and move forward, Rubenstein said.

For preschoolers without special needs, the new pre-kindergarten program will help when they begin kindergarten.

“They will be used to our school district, they will be used to our curriculum and we’ll be able to hit the ground running with them,” he said.

Rubenstein said the new program has been in the works for the past year and fills a growing need in the district.

“This will allow our families, if they have younger children, to send all their kids to the same school system,” he said.

All pre-kindergarten classes will be held at Lake Bluff Elementary School, 350 W. Washington Ave., Monday through Friday while school is in session.

The morning session, to be held from 8:05 to 10:40 a.m., will be for any child who is 3 years old by Sept. 1. The afternoon session, from 12:10 to 2:40 p.m., will be open to any child who is 4 years old by Sept. 1.

There is a maximum enrollment of between 12 and 15 students per session. The cost is $2,500 for one school year. Classes begin Friday, Aug. 22.

To register, go to www.lb65.org.

For more information, contact Rubenstein by phone at 847-234-9400 or via e-mail at krubenstein@lb65.org.

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