Early Childhood Program

Morton Unit School District 709 provides a developmental Early Childhood Program for children who have been identified as having disabilities in the areas of language development, motor, readiness skills or behavior. It is a five-day a week program. The morning session meets from 8:30 - 11:00, and the afternoon session meets from 12:00 - 2:30. In addition to the classroom experience, speech and language, occupational and physical therapies are provided. Currently, the program is located at Lincoln Elementary School.


Early Childhood Screening 
Morton Unit School District 709 offers two developmental screenings for children ages, 0-5. One screening is held in the fall and one in the spring. If interested, please call the special education department (263-0522) and make an appointment.

Program Goals
Provide a variety of activities, experiences and choices in a stimulating environment which will help develop the child's WHOLE personality; physically, mentally, and socially Develop and enhance in each child a positive self-image and a respect for self and others Allow each child to develop at his/her own rate and to his/her greatest potential Provide integrated options in natural occurring environments.
Getting Ready 
Ways you can help your child get ready for school:
Talk to your child about how glad you are that he/she is going to school.
Talk about:
How he/she will meet new friends
How he/she will play games at school
How going to school means that he/she is getting bigger
How he/she will learn new things
How he/she will get to ride the bus to school
Learn everything you can about your child's school program.
Talk to your child about the classroom, schedule, friends, etc.
Talk to your child about how important it is to sit down at all times in a car or  bus.
Have your child wear his/her seat belt in your car.
Help your child get his/her school supplies ready.
Plan to visit school!

What Your Child Will Do and Learn At School
To get along with others - to be polite and fair
To share with others - toys, games and experiences
To explore - new things and ideas
To express - with words, clay, paint, crayons, music and movement
To listen - to stories, to others and to follow directions
To eat with others - learning to relax and practice good manners
To care for self and belongings - tending to bathroom needs, hanging up clothes and returning toys to their proper places
To make choices - snack time, playtime and friends


Mrs. Chan



Classroom Support for Early Childhood

Miss Adams

Miss Balducci

Mrs. Eichorn



Mrs. Joos



Classroom Support for Early Childhood

Mrs. Rider

Mrs. Fick

Mrs. Hutchcraft