Welcome to East Side Preschool!


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 8:15-10:50am, while afternoon classes are 12:10-2:50pm. 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:
     • physical exam
     • lead assessment by his/her doctor
     • up-to-date immunizations
     • copy of the child’s birth certificate

This Childcare Scholarship can help provide support to Effingham County residents who need financial assistance and do not qualify for CCAP. If your employment opportunities are limited due to childcare costs, then the Effingham County Childcare Scholarship Program could be the support you need. Click here to learn more: https://www.groweffinghamcountyil.com/clientuploads/Effingham_County_Childcare_Scholarship_Application-7.1.23_Updated_CCAP.pdfChildcare Scholarship

What's New

We are excited to share that East Side school has a new parking lot. As a result, the parent drop off and pick up procedures will change starting Monday, October 3. For your convenience, we created a short video that shows how the process will work. If you have a student at East Side or know someone who does, please share the video with them. Please call East Side school with any questions at 217.540.1380.

Also, thanks for your patience as we launch this new process. We appreciate your continued support.