Preschool Program

Batavia Public School District 101’s Early Childhood Center offers a preschool program for children with and without special needs. Here is some general information about our program and some FAQ.

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 prior to the first day of class and must reside within Batavia Public School District 101 boundaries.

The Early Childhood Program at Alice Gustafson Elementary School will host an Open House for students that are enrolled in the 2022-23 school year on August 16, 2022. The first day of school in the Early Childhood Program for the 2022-23 school year will be August 17, 2022.

Here is the approved academic calendar for the 2022-23 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 lottery for the 2022-23 school year is now closed.

Preschool Open House
The preschool open house for the 2022-23 school year took place in January 2022.

We have created a video that highlights the different aspects of our program. You can view the video here. Please see our general information document for additional information about the program. 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.