Peoria Unified School District's Preschool Programs
Peoria Unified School District offers two distinctive preschool programs for your child.
Early Childhood Center for Excellence in Learning (ECCEL)
The ECCEL Preschool Program provides flexible programming that meets the needs of the whole child – socially, academically, and emotionally – to prepare them to enter kindergarten ready to learn. We believe that children need time to be children and learn best through discovery and play in a language and literacy based environment that builds skills and challenges thinking. Through a variety of preschool classrooms on elementary school campuses, typically developing and developmentally delayed three- and four-year-olds have their individual needs met through interaction with general education teachers, special education teachers and therapists.
Preschool staff members on campuses collaborate in meeting the needs of all children and readily integrate children across classrooms on a daily basis. Options are available for part day, full day with wrap-around care or full day signature programs (Arts Integration, Project Search, Science Inquiry or Second Language). Scholarship opportunities are available through First Things First funding.
Child Oriented Occupational Program (COOP)
COOP (Child Oriented Occupational Program) classes are full-day, tuition-based programs offered at several district high schools. These programs are for four-year-olds and are staffed by high school students who have taken Child Development classes and are currently enrolled in COOP classes. These students are interested in a career working with young children. High school students plan the lessons under the guidance of the COOP director (a certified teacher) and the morning and afternoon COOP coordinators. DES benefits are accepted in some programs.