Young Explorers Early Childhood Program

  • 2022-23 School Year

    Download the Young Explorers School Calendar at a glance. These dates are also published on the district-wide calendar.

    Enroll for 2022-23

    Northbrook District 28 Young Explorers Early Childhood Program is now enrolling students for the AM and PM sessions of fall 2022.

    Young Explorers features a blended model to serve students identified as typically developing, at-risk, and in need of special education services. The program is located at Westmoor School, 2500 Cherry Lane, Northbrook, and is open to all students who live within District 28 boundaries.

    Families interested in the program need to sign up for a screening by contacting Helene Josephson at 847-504-3809. The AM session is for 3-and 4-year-old children. A child can start on their 3rd birthday. Parents can register for a screening six months in advance of a child’s 3rd birthday. The PM session is for children who will turn 5 years old between Sept. 2, 2022 and Sept. 1, 2023.

  • Introduction

    The Young Explorers Program features a blended model to serve special education, at-risk, and typically developing peers. 

    Young Explorers is located at:
    Westmoor School, 2500 Cherry Lane, Northbrook,
    and serves all families within District 28 boundaries. 

    Mission

    The Young Explorers Early Childhood Program exists to nurture resilient, inquisitive learners with a strong sense of citizenship and love for learning. 

    Vision

    The Young Explorers Early Childhood Program seeks to create an engaging learning environment for young children through developmentally appropriate practices aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.  Our program encourages exploration and skill development through child-centered experiences that build self-confidence and connections between learning and natural environments. The program serves special needs students, at-risk students and typically developing students in a blended classroom model.

    Enrollment

    Students are enrolled in the program after they have participated in a developmental screening. Children may participate in a screening session after they are 3 years old. Screenings occur once a month.

    Ages/School Calendar

    The program is for 2.5 hours a day, Monday through Friday. There are morning and afternoon sessions.

    • AM classes will be for students turning 3 by Sept. 1: 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • PM classes will only be for students turning 4 by Sept. 1: 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    How to Enroll

    Spots open throughout the year as students celebrate birthdays. For more information about enrollment please email Helene Josephson, Administrative Assistant or call her at 847-504-3809.

    Developmental Screening Dates

    Students are enrolled in the program after they have participated in a developmental screening. Children may participate in a screening session after they are 3 years old. Screenings occur once a month. Please contact Helene Josephson to sign up.

    2022-23 Screening Dates

    June 23, 2022
    August 8, 2022
    September 16, 2022
    October 21, 2022
    November 11, 2022
    December 9, 2022
    January 20, 2023
    February 24, 2023
    March 17, 2023
    April 13, 2023
    May 19, 2023
    June 2, 2023

    Registration

    Students are enrolled as space becomes available. Parents will receive a SnapCode to register online. Fees will be pro-rated based on the start date. If needed, download the YE Credit Card Authorization form, complete it on your device, print and submit it to Helene Josephson in the Westmoor School Office.

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    Contact Us

    Located within Westmoor School

    2500 Cherry Lane
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    847-498-7960
    FAX 847-504-3810

    Report An Absence & Inquiries

    Helene Josephson, Administrative Assistant

    847-504-3809
    FAX 847-504-3810

    Dr. Jenna Eberhardt, Program Director