Important Information Regarding Preschool Registration
The first step in the enrollment process is to schedule a Preschool Screening for your child. Placement in the program is based on the screening results. To schedule a Preschool Screening, please click here.
Preschool Screening Information
Troy School District 30-C is now screening 3 and 4 year-olds for the 2023-2024 school year. Screening is the first step in entering the district's preschool program. Children must be 3 or 4 by September 1, 2023. Children who are 5 years old must register for kindergarten.
At the free screening, children will participate in a vision and hearing check, an English language test (if a language other than English is spoken in the home) and a developmental screening. Guardians will also complete a family questionnaire and receive a review of the child's development.
The screening allows us to see how a child is growing and developing. At the time of screening, staff can also answer any questions or concerns, as well as connect parents with community resources.
In order to enter the preschool program, your child will be given the DIAL-4 (Developmental Indicator for Assessment of Learning, 4th edition). This screening instrument is designed to determine whether a child is developing within the average range for his/her age or whether there is some indication of a possible delay in his/her development. The DIAL-4 examines four areas of development: social-emotional, motor, concepts and language.
In the Motor area, we are noting the child's large and small muscle control, as well as eye-hand coordination. We want to see how he/she is learning to use his/her body for jumping, hopping, building blocks, cutting, copying and writing.
In the Concepts area, we are looking for the child's beginning understanding of such things as colors, counting, body parts, picture vocabulary and early opposite concepts.
In the Language area, we are looking for the child's ability in speaking and using language. We will be checking to see that he or she makes the appropriate speech sounds for his/her age. Language includes the child's understanding of words, as well as his/her ability to use words to communicate with others.
Remember that your child is not expected to display every skill or perform it perfectly. Tasks are arranged developmentally so that we can determine if your child is performing in the average range according to his/her age.
Upon completion of the screening, the Director reviews the parent questionnaire and your child's screening performance. This information is used to determine which preschool program your child qualifies for to attend in Troy. In order to be placed in a preschool classroom, your child must complete the screening process. Please keep in mind that this is only a screening and not an "in-depth" diagnostic assessment. If you have questions or concerns about your child's development, please feel free to discuss them with the screener, your classroom teacher or the Director.
We also have an online screening option. Families are invited to do an online screener and preschool paperwork. Please click here to schedule a Preschool Screening.
Being toilet trained is not a requirement for participation in the program. The school staff will work to support your child in training as you are working at home. You will be required to provide diapers and wipes and extra clothing, in case of accidents.
Screening events take place throughout the school year
Please bring the child's legal birth certificate to the screening.
The screening will take approximately up to 1.5 hours.
A summary will be shared that shows your child's growth and development determined by the screening tool.
Program options will be shared with you based on the program for which your child qualifies.
Next steps for enrolling and registering your child will be given to you.
Birth-Age 3 screenings are also available using the online screening format. Click here to watch a video for more information about why developmental screenings are important!
Preschool Program Placement Information
The Preschool Program has different placement options based on the results of your child's Preschool Screening.
Speech Only: These are the students who have been identified through an initial screening process as needing a more in-depth speech and language evaluation. This does not mean that your child will automatically receive speech services. Many times after a more in-depth evaluation, our speech pathologists find that the articulation and language skills are typical and age appropriate for your child's age.
Community Students: This is 3 or 5 days per week, half-day program (2.5 hours). Three and four year old students have the option of attending 3 days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) or 5 days per week. Fees for the 2023-2024 school year include a monthly tuition cost of $175.00/month (3 day) or $275.00/month (5 day), plus a $100.00 annual registration fee. The annual snack fee for the 2023-2024 school year is $60.00 (3-day) or $100.00 (5-day). There are morning and afternoon sessions at Troy Cronin Elementary School. Students who qualify are accepted based on the results of the Preschool Screening. If the program is full, qualifying students will be placed in a waiting pool until a spot becomes available. Busing is a paid option for the 2023-2024 school year. Monthly bus fee is $50.00.
Preschool For All: This program is funded through a grant from the State of Illinois. Students who qualify attend five days per week for a half day (2.5 hours). There are no fees for this program. Students in this program are accepted based on qualifying at-risk factors, which are identified through the screening process and parent-gathered input. Busing is an option for the 2023-2024 school year.
Early Childhood: Children who are performing significantly below what is considered typical for a child their age will be referred for a more in-depth evaluation called a Play-Based Assessment. The results of the evaluation will determine whether the child meets the requirements for special education services. Students with disabilities who qualify will be placed in our Early Childhood program and will pay the yearly registration fee, as well as a snack fee (see above). Students attend five days per week for a half-day (2.5 hours). Students in this program receive bus transportation to and from school from an address located within district boundaries. Students will be placed in a blended classroom or a self-contained classroom based on their Individualized Education Program (IEP), which addresses their individual abilities and needs.
Full-day Preschool: There are three full-day (6.5 hours) classrooms housed at Troy Hofer Elementary. Students who qualify attend five days per week. These classrooms are grant-funded and there are no fees required. Students in this program must be 4 years old by September 1 and are accepted based on qualifying at-risk factors, which are identified through the screening process and parent-gathered input. Students receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack. Busing will be available for children in 2023-2024.