Program hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (morning and afternoon sessions) – 8:10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.; noon to 2:40 p.m.
Wednesday (morning and afternoon sessions) – 8:10 a.m. to 10 a.m.; noon to 1:50 p.m.

PreKindergarten Partnership

Oak Park Elementary Schools – District 97
An Early Childhood Program
funded by the Illinois State Board of Education

The PKP Program is a language-based program that supports the individual development of the child and his/her family.

In accordance with The National Association for the Education of Young children, we believe that young children learn best in environments that are stimulating, child centered, and developmentally appropriate. We provide a variety of interactive learning experiences that promote language development, mathematical thinking, positive self-esteem, independent thinking, problem solving, curiosity, and investigation. The PKP program celebrates the uniqueness and cultural diversity of each individual family.

The results of a screening interview of the child and parents are used to determine eligibility. Some eligibility criteria include but are not limited to the following:

  • Resident of Oak Park, IL (District requirement)
  • Child is 3 by September 1 (State requirement)
  • Foster child/Ward of the State
  • Family is homeless or housing is unstable
  • Low income (at or below poverty)
  • Developmental screen indicates child may have modest delays in two or more developmental areas
  • Referral from Child Find
  • Speech/language delay
  • Premature birth/difficulty during pregnancy
  • English is not spoken in the home or is the second language for the family
  • Parent in active military duty
  • Parent’s education level
  • History of abuse or neglect in family
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Parent has chronic health or mental health concerns
  • Behavioral/social-emotional concerns
  • Socially isolated
  • Concerns indicated by parents/PKP team

Classes are held at Longfellow School – 715 S. Highland Ave., Oak Park, IL

Additional information about the PKP Program is available here.