Harlem's Early Childhood Programming

The Preschool for All program is a high quality program that brings together qualified staff, a proven curriculum and parent involvement to help prepare children for success in school. The Harlem School District is fortunate to have 360 seats to provide preschool services for children meeting program requirements.

Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education, Preschool for All programs are typically half day and follow the District calendar, with some minor modifications. You will find both our District and Early Childhood school calendars here. Preschool for All helps children develop the skills they need to succeed in school and later in life. Programs have been designed to meet the learning and developmental needs of children aged 3-5. There is no cost to parents.


Prevention Initiative:

Birth to Three Home Visiting Program

The mission of the Prevention Initiative Program in the Harlem School District is to guide children ages birth to three to become successful lifelong learners by fostering positive relationships among children, their families, the school, and the community.

The BabyTALK Home Visit Program is a free program provided by the Prevention Initiative Grant for Harlem School District residents. It provides services to families who are expecting a new baby or have children under the age of three years old. Services include in home support and information for families that can help their child's learning, development and success in school.


Services provided during home visits using our BabyTALK model:

  • In home activities and information that promote positive parent-child interaction, bonding and attachment
  • Ideas and activities that stimulate the child's learning and development
  • Referral to appropriate services (when needed) for devlopmental delays
  • Writing family goals and assistance in achieving those goals
  • Linking families to appropriate community resources
  • Information to support home management skills
  • Developmental screenings


For more information or to see if you would qualify for these services, please contact our Prevention Initiative Specialists: 815-654-4559 ext. 1829 or email PI@harlem122.org.

Click here for more information regarding or Parent Educators.

A free developmental screening is available for children ages 3-5 who live in the Harlem School District. This screening is used to determine progress in learning, development, and to decide if additional assessment is necessary.

These screenings allow us to determine strengths and any potential developmental difficulties in your child, as well as identify which children are eligible and may benefit from our At-Risk, Preschool For All Grant Funded Program. Children are screened for developmental growth in the areas of motor, cognitive thinking, speech/language, and social development. Family and health history factors are also reviewed.

Our early childhood program is limited to 360 seats, so at this time, we do not offer an open enrollment pre-school program within the Harlem School District. Students will be determined if they are eligible for the program through our screening process.

Click here for more information regarding preschool screening.

Parent Educators (3-5)

We are your 3-5 Parent Educators! Our job is to provide you with the support and resources needed in order for your child to succeed in school. We offer a variety of support such as family nights, school-day workshops, and home visits. If you are in need of any type of support for your child and are not sure where to find it, please contact us! We are here to support you in supporting your child.


Click here for more information regarding or Parent Educators.