Early Childhood Programs

  • Head Start

    • Operated by Metropolitan Family Services of DuPage
    • Must be income eligible
    • Licensed teaching staff
    • Creative curriculum based
    • Families receive resources base on different social needs.

    District 2 Preschool

    • Must qualify based on screening results (No income guidelines)
    • Licensed teaching staff
    • Creative curriculum based
    • Parent education and involvement opportunities provided.

    Pre-Kindergarten Special Education Supports 

    • Must qualify for special education services
    • Certified specialists
    • Based on individual goals
    • Annual review of goals and accomodations

    Birth-to-3 Program

    • Year-round and free to all participants who meet qualifying requirements
    • Home visits with targeted educational supports based on family need
    • Age-appropriate educational activities that promote healthy brain development and self-regulation skills
    • Developmental assessments
    • Referrals to community resources

Contact Information

  • Diane Thornburg
    Interim Director of Early Childhood Programs
    PH: 630-766-2602 ext. 4177
    FX: 630-766-4114 
    Email: dthornburg@bsd2.org

    Christy Poli, LCSW
    Full Service Grant Project Director/Birth to Three Director
    PH: 630-766-2602 ext. 4237
    FX: 630-766-4114 
    Email: cpoli@bsd2.org

    Kim Jones
    Head Start Coordinator
    PH: 630-766-2602 ext. 4295
    FX: 
    630-784-4877
    Email: jonesk@metrofamily.org

    Diana Vargas
    Head Start Family Support
    PH: 630-766-2602 ext. 4294
    FX: 
    630-784-4877
    Email: vargasd@metrofamily.org

    Tioga School
    212 W. Memorial Rd.
    Bensenville, IL 60106

     

Mission & Purpose

  • Mission

    The mission of District 2 Early Childhood Program is to build a collaborative partnership with the families we service to instill lifelong learning for themselves and their children.

    Purpose

    The purpose of District 2’s Early Childhood Program is to: 

    • Assist families in understanding how to provide basic needs to their children;
    • Provide safe, nurturing, and stimulating environments for children and their families so that they will develop and thrive;
    • Develop a child’s sense of self, interaction with others, and social cooperation;
    • Encourage experimentation, exploration, risk-taking, and pursuing individual interests;
    • Establish the importance of the home-school family connection by demonstrating and modeling how the parent is the child’s first teacher;
    • Challenge children’s complex intellectual capabilities.