Early Childhood Education

The Francis Howell School District Early Childhood Program offers a comprehensive and supportive system of services for young children and their families. Research confirms that a child's most influential years of learning occur before the age of 5. Children grow and develop more in the early years of life than during any other period, and parents play a vital role in helping their children lay a firm foundation for all that follows.

Francis Howell School District offers a free developmental screening to children three to five years of age. Children may be screened once per year between the ages three and five years old. Francis Howell recommends every child is screened the year prior to Kindergarten entry. More information can be found on the Developmental Screening flyer, as well as contact information for scheduling your child’s 3-5 Year Developmental Screening.

Please note: Select elementary schools also provide a screening for incoming Kindergarten students. The 3-5 Developmental Screening is not the same as the screening provided at your elementary school prior to Kindergarten entry. If your child is entering Kindergarten, you will want to complete this screening as well as any process requested at the elementary school. Thank you!

Preschool Program

The Francis Howell Preschool Program is one component of the Early Childhood program. It is an integrated program that meets children’s educational needs and is developmentally appropriate for all children. Experiences are provided to stimulate learning in the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development areas so that all children may reach their potential through developmentally appropriate activities. Each child is viewed as a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth and development.

Preschool Options and Tuition Rates

Please visit Preschool Forms to read more about Francis Howell School District's Preschool Options.

Developmental Screenings and Assessments

Developmental Screenings

Parents as Teachers (PAT)

Francis Howell's Parents as Teachers program offers you the following services: family visits, Group Connections, Screenings and Referral Resources.

Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services are provided for all young children with disabilities. Early childhood special education eligibility criteria are used for initial eligibility determination for students who are identified as disabled and are three and four years of age. The district is required by law to provide free and appropriate special education and related services in the least restrictive environment for eligible students on their third birthday.

Early Childhood Education

Parents as Teachers Coordinator

Sandra Torbeck


Administrative Assistant

Denise Martin


Early Childhood Business Operations

Judy Koch


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