intention of the Preschool for All Grant is to ensure that all Illinois children develop
a strong foundation for learning by providing a high-quality educational program
for children who may not otherwise have access to a preschool program. The Prekindergarten program focuses on
providing high-quality educational programs for children who are determined to
be at risk of academic failure. It also
provides funding for programs serving families of low to moderate income whose
children are not considered to be at risk academically but have limited access
to a high quality preschool program. Per
grant requirements, priority will be given to families who are most at-risk of
academic failure based on eligibility priority populations determined by the
state. Highest priority is given to such
risk factors of high levels of poverty, children experiencing homelessness,
youth in care, children with developmental delays, and for children entering
kindergarten in the Fall.
Unity Point Pre-k program provides a classroom schedule with four
full-day classrooms in session from
a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
morning care beginning at 7:00 a.m. and after school care from 2:30 p.m.-5:30
p.m. is available through the Kidz Klub program at an additional fee. Free breakfast, lunch and snack is offered to
all children in the program.
will be expected to receive one home visit before school begins. At this home
visit, teachers will discuss your child’s needs, read books together and answer
any questions you might have concerning our program. Parents are also expected to participate in
parent teacher conferences twice during the school year.
district does not provide transportation for Pre-k students, therefore it is the
parents responsibility to provide transportation to and from Unity Point
School. Parents are encouraged to become
involved in the program, as classroom volunteers, attending school activities
and joining us on monthly field trips.
be eligible for the program, children must be 3 to 5
years old and live in the UnityPointSchool
District. (Proof of residencyrequired) If you are interested in enrolling your child, you must call the
FamilyCenter to schedule an
appointment for a developmental screening.
Results of the screenings will be tabulated and parents will be
telephoned if their child has been found eligible for the program. If your child was not placed initially in the
program, we will include you on our waiting list.
children enrolled in the program will be required to have proof
of income, a
copy of their birth certificate, immunization
record, and a physical that has been completed
within the past year before they can begin the program. A doctor’s appointment card will be accepted
if the physical cannot be completed prior to attending
Family income will be calculated using any one of the following forms for evidence: pay stubs (two most recent, consecutive), proof of WIC benefit, proof of SNAP, TANF, SSI, CCAP, tax return (most recent), wages and tax statement (most recent W-2), verification/letter from employer, proof of Medicaid (a medical card with the child’s name does not prove income eligibility), or a signed written statement from the family that there is no income.
hearing, vision, and dental screening will be available during regular
Pre-Kindergarten screening days.