Early Childhood Education (ECE)


Butler School District 53 is committed to providing high quality Early Childhood Services for children ages three to five years identified with a disability through the child find process. If a child has been identified with a disability, there are typically three different models of Early Childhood Services available for consideration. Butler School District 53 conducts free developmental screening of children ages 3 to 5 years old. Registration is required for developmental screening.    

District Early Childhood Speech Services

This service delivery model is primarily for students with Speech and Language Disabilities requiring direct service to address mild speech articulation and language delays. These services are provided by a district Speech Language Pathologist at Brook Forest School. Parents are expected to bring there child one to two times per week, depending on the identified needs, for short twenty to thirty minutes sessions.

Blended Early Childhood Program

Butler School District 53 is proud to have a partnership with the Oak Brook Park District’s “ABC Preschool” and the Lagrange Area Department of Special Education to provide “Blended” Early Childhood Services to preschool-aged students with identified disabilities. In this program model, students with disabilities are provided special education and related services within a typical preschool environment. Students are completely included with their typically developing peers through daily support from certified special education staff and related service therapists. 

For more information about the “ABC Preschool Program” please visit the Oak Brook Park District website.

Early Childhood Special Education Program

Through our partnership with the LaGrange Area Department of Special Education, Butler School District #53 is able to access Early Childhood Special Education Programs (ECSE) hosted by several other LADSE member elementary districts. ECSE programs have smaller enrollments, typically less than ten students, and are comprised of all students with identified disabilities. These programs are highly structured and offer a significant level of daily support from related service therapists.

For more information about ECSE services and the LaGrange Area Department of Special Education “LADSE” please visit their website.