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Preschool Program

Program Overview

Our preschool program provides an enriching experience for three to five-year-old children. The program is taught by Illinois State Board of Education licensed Early Childhood teachers with Special Education and English Language (EL) certifications using research-based curriculum and programs aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. We provide project-based, investigative learning that builds confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Areas of focus include problem-solving, communication, fine and gross motor funtion, language, literacy, mathematics, and socio-emotional skills. 

Following the Creative Curriculum method of center-based learning experiences, students receive instruction tailored to their needs, allowing advanced learners to move forward as they achieve mastery and providing necessary scaffolding and support to struggling learners to allow them to gain confidence and mastery of skills. Teachers focus on the learning needs of each student to foster engaged and enthusiastic learners. 

To attend preschool in the fall of 2024, students must be at least three (3) years old on or before September 1, 2024.

For more information about our preschool program, please contact our Department of Special Services at 708-532-8537.

Preschool Program Hours:

D140 offers both AM and PM classes five days a week.

  • AM Preschool hours are 8:10 am - 10:30 am, Monday - Friday
  • PM Preschool hours are 11:40 am - 2:00 pm, Monday - Friday

Preschool Program Locations:

Preschool Program locations may vary by year based on District needs and enrollment.

Program locations for the 2024-25 school year include Fernway Park Elementary School and Millennium Elementary School.

  • Fernway Park Elementary School
    16600 S. 88th Avenue
    Orland Park, IL 60462
  • Millennium Elementary School
    17830 S. 84th Avenue
    Tinley Park, IL 60487

Preschool Fees for 2024-25 School Year: 

  • Student fee, if paid after April 30, 2024: $2500

Preschool registration for the 2024-25 school year is open. 

Please click Registration to sign up your child for D140’s Preschool Program. 

Kirby School District 140 uses CLEAR ID Confirm to e-verify current family address information.  This verification method streamlines the registration process for District families while still assuring that students enrolled in our school are residents within the boundaries of District 140. 

CLEAR uses a parent's name and address to crosscheck the information against public records and determine if a student's residency falls within District 140 boundaries.

If your residency is verified through the CLEAR process, you will not need to submit any additional documentation to certify that you live within the District.

If your residency is not verified through the CLEAR process, you will be contacted over the summer and asked to submit the documents from Category I and Category II listed below. All documents must be current and show your name and address.

Category I: (one document required)

  • Current closing papers
  • Signed and dated lease with two rent receipts
  • Mortgage statement or payment book/coupon
  • Most recent property tax bill and proof of payment (i.e. canceled check or Form 1098)

Category II: (two documents required showing proper address)

  • Driver’s License/State ID
  • Current utility bill - gas, electric, water, cable, phone 
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Most recent credit card bill
  • Current Bank Statement
  • Proof of payment for current homeowner’s or renter’s insurance premium

When registering a new student, you will be asked to upload your student’s birth certificate and contact your child’s school to schedule an in-person appointment to submit an ORIGINAL birth certificate with the county seal affixed before your registration can be approved.

For children born in Cook County, birth certificates may be obtained from the Cook County Clerk's Office at or by calling 866-252-8974.

Anyone with a Custody Order Seeking to Enroll a Student

Anyone with a custody order seeking to enroll a student must present a court order, agreement, judgment, or decree that awards or gives custody of the student to any person (including divorce decrees awarding custody to one or both parents).

Preschool Screening

KSD 140 provides preschool screening for children with potential delays or disabilities who are three years of age or older. The purpose of the screening is to share with parents their child’s developmental skills in the following areas: fine and gross motor, speech and language, cognition, and pre-readiness concepts. Results of the screening may also identify children who may need further evaluations if a disability is suspected.

For further information or to initiate a screening, please contact our Department of Special Services at 708-532-8537.

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