Preschool Program

Batavia Public School District 101’s Early Childhood Center offers a preschool program for children with and without special needs.

This program offers directives outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), specifically as it relates to educating students with special needs in the least restrictive environment possible. According to IDEA legislation, that means children with special needs should be educated with other typically developing children, and they should be educated in a setting as close to the regular classroom as possible.

The program offers half-day sessions similar to preschool programs in the area. Attendance days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The AM session is from 9 a.m to 11:30 a.m., and the PM session is from 12:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. Students must be potty-trained before the first day of class and must reside within Batavia Public School District 101 boundaries.

Here is the approved academic calendar for the 2023-24 school year (Early Childhood).

Preschool Lottery

The BPS101 Preschool at the Early Childhood Center is a tuition-free, lottery-based system. Families are, however, responsible for the District’s standard registration fee. The 2023-24 school year lottery was open from November 1, 2022, at 8:00 AM until January 27, 2023, at 4:00 PM. The 2024-25 school year lottery will open on a similar schedule. After the Lottery was drawn, all families received an email from EC staff informing them if they were selected for the program and instructions on moving forward.

Preschool Open House
The preschool open house for the 2024-25 school year will occur in January 2024. Please join us to learn more about our program. Additional details to follow.

We have created a video that highlights the different aspects of our program. You can view the video here. If you still have a specific question about the program, you can email the coordinator at

If you have any questions concerning your child’s development or readiness for preschool, you can contact the ECC office at 630-937-8000 and request a free screening.