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Fulton Blended Preschool


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Welcome to Fulton Blended Preschool . . .

River Bend School District offers one morning (9am- 11:30 am) and one afternoon (12:30 pm- 3:00 pm) pre-school session per day, which runs along the same schedule as the River Bend School District. The program also works in collaboration with Bi-County Special Education Cooperative to create a blended program, integrating in children with special needs. Teachers certified in early childhood education and special education provide educational programming based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards and Creative Curriculum for children ages 3-5 years. Screenings are held in the spring to determine eligibility for the following school year.

General Education Teacher: Ms. Shelby Wilkens
Special Education Teacher: Mrs. Erin Stern 
Location: 1217 14 th Street, Fulton
Phone Number: 815-589-2309
Please contact the principal, Mr.Jeff Hoese, at Fulton Elementary School for further information.

Fulton Blended Preschool will be having their Preschool Screening for the 2020-2021 school year on Wednesday, February 26th from 8 am-4 pm and Wednesday, March 11th from 8 am-4 pm by appointment only. Please call the Preschool at 815-589-2309 to set up your appointment beginning January 22, 2020. We will not take appointments prior to this date. The screening will take place at the First Presbyterian Church (311 N. 9th Street, Fulton). To qualify, your child must live in the River Bend School District and be 3-4 years of age. They must be at least three on or before September 1st, 2020 to qualify. If they will be 5 before September 1st, they will be Kindergarten eligible and therefore will not qualify for our program, unless they qualify for Special Education services. In the case that we have more students than we have spots in our program, the children with the highest number of risk factors and greatest need will get in first. Please call the Preschool if you have any questions.


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Dear Families, 

We have recently been told about a grant program in Illinois available to 4 year old children, the year prior to Kindergarten. UPSTART is a free in-home Kindergarten readiness program. UPSTART is done 15-20 minutes, 5 days at home with a parent/guardian and promotes a high level of parent/child engagement. UPSTART is in its 12th year and is in 15 states across the country. This can be used as a supplement to Fulton Blended Preschool and would be a great option for those 4 year olds who are put on our waitlist. 
• A FREE  Dell laptop for each family, software, and FREE internet (if you don't have it and qualify). If minimum usage is met, families will get to keep the computer after the program.  
• Research-based, efficacious, award-winning reading and math/science instruction delivered to each child at home with a parent/guardian for 15-20 minutes daily.
• Weekly family support through a family education liaison to encourage the family through literacy knowledge, preparation for supporting a school-age child, and usage tracking.  This personalized support is available in over 20 languages.
Illinois UPSTART will begin September 2020 and run until June 2021. 
Please see the attached flyer for information on how to register your child for this program. REGISTRATION IS ONLY OPEN UNTIL MAY 30TH, 2020.

Upstart Flyer