McLean County Unit District 5 Early Learning Program
    Available for students ages 3 to 5
    Transportation Provided
    Eligibility is Based on Family Need

    For more information about the McLean County Unit District No. 5 Early Learning Pre-K Program,
    please call 309.557.4144
    Twitter:  @u5earlylearning

    Change in 2021-22 Calendar:

    Throughout this school year, Unit 5 has been dedicated to keeping students learning in-person despite our current challenges. However, this pandemic has caused a great deal of pressure on our school system and has created staffing shortages for a variety of reasons. These shortages have caused staff members to give up their plan time in order to cover other classrooms. Unit 5 appreciates the tireless efforts of our staff but plan time is crucial for quality instruction.

    In an attempt to ensure staff has the necessary planning time, Unit 5 is adding two early release days. Transportation will run per usual. 


    The schedule for Early Learning students will be as follows:

    Jan 28, 2022

    AM Session Attend:  7:45-10:15

    NO PM Session

    Full-Day:  7:45-10:15  (Grab & Go Lunch will be sent home with students in attendance)

    Feb. 11, 2022

    PM Session Attend: 11:45-2:15

    NO AM Session

    Full-Day:  7:45-10:15  (Grab & Go Lunch will be sent home with students in attendance)

    Now Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 & 2022-23 school year.  Email: prekscreenings@unit5.org to get started!
    Unit 5 offers a fun and exciting Pre-Kindergarten program for qualifying students ages three to five. This program is available free of charge to eligible students living within District boundaries. PreK staff determines eligibility and student acceptance into the program. Placement is based on student need.
    The purpose of Unit 5's Early Learning program is to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for young children. Students are given the chance to become successful and build self-confidence. This program is designed to increase student opportunities, help prepare for future achievements, and meet individual needs and goals in eight domains of learning. 


    Early Learning Brochure


    Click on Creative Curriculum for more information 

    Creative Curriculum Parent Letter

    Teaching Strategies GOLD is the authentic, ongoing, observation-based assessment system used by the early learning program.