Welcome to East Side Preschool!

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Welcome to East Side Preschool

East Side Preschool is an early childhood initiative through Effingham Community Unit #40. Our mission is to provide a developmentally appropriate preschool experience for students residing within the district. We tailor instruction to meet the needs of all students, and our program is focused on a research based curriculum aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS). According to student need, we offer many interventions beyond the general education curriculum including special education, speech therapy, occupation therapy, physical therapy, vision, and hearing services.

Our preschool program is half day Monday – Friday and closely follows the Unit #40 calendar. Morning classes take place from 8:15-10:50 am, while afternoon classes are 12:10-2:50 pm. A daily snack is provided in each class, but breakfast and lunch are not served. In addition, transportation is available through the Unit #40 transportation system.

Our goal at East Side Preschool is to provide an incredible first school experience for each child to set them on a path of success for kindergarten and their education beyond.

In order to be considered for enrollment in the program, please call East Side Preschool at 217-540-1380.

Enrollment Requirements

In order to enroll a child at East Side Preschool, parents should request a screening, complete the online registration requirements, and provide the necessary documentation required by the State of Illinois. The State of Illinois requires every child entering pre-school to meet the following requirements:
     • a physical exam
     • lead assessment by his/her doctor
     • up-to-date immunizations
     • a copy of the child’s birth certificate

preschool screening

Preschool Round Up
Free developmental screenings for two and five year olds and kindergarten screenings.

Each year, the Effingham School District and the Department of Early Childhood offers parents the opportunity to discover how their child is developing in the areas of speech, language, concepts, and motor skills, Vision and hearing screenings are also provided free of charge.

The screenings are held at the First Presbyterian Church located at 600 West Temple Avenue, Effingham, IL 62401 on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 16th from 9 am-4 pm
Wednesday, March 17th from 12 pm-6 pm
Thursday, March 18th, from 9 am-4 pm
Wednesday, April 6th, from 12 pm-6 pm
Thursday, April 7th, from 9 am-4 pm

Please call East Side School at 217.540.1380 to schedule an appointment.

Children who already enrolled in Unit #40 ECSE Preschool, HeadStart, or kindergarten do not need to go through the screening. Also, a signed permission form from a parent/guardian is required.

Please click here to download a copy of the flyer to share with family or friends. 

East Side Calendar