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Lottery Registration for Tuition-Free Preschool Opens Nov. 1, 2017

Nov 01, 2017 08:30AM

Families with children who will be turning three and four years old by Sept. 1, 2018, and who currently reside in the boundaries of Batavia Public School District 101 are eligible to participate in a lottery system for open spots at the BPS101 Preschool at the Early Childhood Center in the 2018-19 school year. The lottery-based system replaces the fee-based system, thus eliminating the monthly fee for community students. Families are, however, responsible for the District’s standard registration fee.

To register for the 2018-19 lottery, parents need to complete the Letter of Intent, which can be found at, and return it to the BPS101 Preschool at the Early Childhood Center (located in Alice Gustafson Elementary School) by 3 p.m., Jan. 30, 2018.

“We're now heading into our third year of a tuition-free program,” said Dr. Brad Newkirk, BPS101’s Chief Academic Officer. “Lifting the financial barrier opens the door to preschool to a broader range of students, which represents the economic diversity of our District."

The BPS101 Preschool offers a language-rich, purposefully designed learning environment that’s based in exploration and discovery. The academic and social-emotional curriculum is aligned with the District’s K-5 curriculum and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. BPS101 Preschool teachers hold both general education and special education teaching certificates and have earned the English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement.

Students must be potty-trained by the first day of class.

BPS101 Preschool Open House

To learn more about the program and the lottery, parents are encouraged to attend the BPS101 Preschool Open House on Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Early Childhood Center located within Alice Gustafson Elementary School at 905 Carlisle Rd., Batavia.