Early Childhood Program

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Welcome to the Young Explorers Early Childhood Program –
Connecting Life to Learning!

The Young Explorers Program features a blended model to serve special education, at-risk, and typically developing peers. The goal is to be able to serve more of the District’s special education preschool students within the District, while also providing early intervention services to local at-risk students.

The Northbrook 28 Early Childhood Program exists to nurture resilient, inquisitive learners with a strong sense of citizenship and love for learning. 

The Northbrook 28 Early Childhood Program seeks to create an engaging learning environment for young children through developmentally appropriate practices aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.  Our program encourages exploration and skill development through child-centered experiences that build self-confidence and connections between learning and natural environments.


Students are enrolled into the program through a special education evaluation as part of the transition process from Early Intervention or through participation in district screenings.  Children may participate in a screening session upon turning age 3.  Screenings occur once a month.

Ages/School Calendar:

The program will feature two sessions, with each session 2.5 hours in length.  The Early Childhood program calendar will align with the District 28 school year calendar. The programs are five days a week for both the AM and PM sessions.

  •  AM classes will be for students turning 3 by Sept. 1: 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  •  PM classes will only be for students turning 4 by Sept. 1: 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.


Spots open throughout the year as students celebrate birthdays. To sign up for classes, enroll online today.

Questions/More Information

For more information, please contact Jenna Duffy, Assistant Director for Student Services/Elementary at jduffy@northbrook28.net.