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.

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. To participate in the lottery, please complete this FORM. A completed form must be received by 3 PM on January 21, 2022. Families will receive notification by January 25, 2022, if they were selected for the 22-23 school year program.

Preschool Open House
All parents/guardians with children that will be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2022, are invited to an informational session on the BPS101 preschool program and the preschool lottery. The 2022 Preschool Open House will take place on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, from 6 pm-7 pm. Please join us to learn more about our program and to tour our facility at Alice Gustafson Elementary School, 905 Carlisle Rd, Batavia, IL. This is a Parent/Guardian only event, and we kindly ask that you do not bring children with you.

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.