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Welcome to Urbana Early Childhood School

Early Childhood Students

The Urbana School District #116 Early Childhood Program staff is committed to providing a quality, individualized learning program for eligible preschool children. The classroom activities focus on a concern for the child's total development including communication, cognitive, physical and emotional development. Children in the classroom grow through play and through interactions with each other. Play interactions and environments are designed to foster children's initiative and independent learning. The activities and environments reflect developmental levels and natural interests of children.

The Early Childhood classroom provides services for children ages 3-5. Children attend school 2½ hours daily. Morning and afternoon sessions are available and school busses transport children to and from school.

Children enrolled in Early Childhood Education at Urbana Early Childhood School have been identified through a screening and asssesment process as needing either Special Education Services or Preschool Readiness Experience.

Children enrolled at UECS who are not eligible for Special Education Services must meet the Illinois criteria for at risk families. All of our classes have 15 students each with one teacher and one teacher assistant forming the core teaching team. In addition, an occupational therapist, speech therapist, social worker, parent coordinator and physical therapist work with the classroom team.

School News

USD #116 announces Centralized Registration dates

May 3rd, 2016

Urbana School District #116 will hold their annual Centralized Registration event at the end of July.  The one-stop-shop for all Urbana students, early childhood through high school, will take place at Urbana Middle School, 1201 S. Vine St., Urbana.  The days and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 27th - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 28th - 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

During this two-day event, parents and guardians can:

  • register their student[s] regardless of what Urbana school they attend,
  • meet with their student’s principal and school office staff
  • receive information about food service, busing, and after school programs
  • pay fees and fines (including the $100 registration fee for all students)
  • purchase PE clothing
  • sign up for Skyward Family Access
  • UMS and UHS students will get a copy of their schedule, if created
  • UHS students can meet with a counselor about class changes
  • receive information about after school and extra curricular groups
  • learn about community organizations and groups that serve our student population

All USD families are encouraged to participate in Centralized Registration.  If you are registering a new or returning student, please remember to bring a photo ID and proof of residency.  If you have a child entering kindergarten, 6th or 9th grades, please bring their completed physical forms to registration. If your student needs a physical or dental exam, Urbana School Based Health Center is scheduling appointments for students.  Please call 239-4220.  Enrollment requirements and documents for new and returning students can be found on the USD #116 web site here:

http://www.usd116.org/parents/registration-information/

Registration fees can be made online at the USD #116 Web Store.  Please bring the printed receipt with you.

First day of the 2016-17 school year for 1st through 9th grades will be Thursday, August 18th.  All students will be in attendance by Monday, August 22nd.

Have you pre-registered for 2015-16 Kindergarten?

April 15th, 2015

If your child will be attending one of Urbana’s six elementary schools in fall 2015 and you didn’t pre-register during Parent-Teacher conference or attend 2015 Kindergarten Connection, you are encouraged to go to your child’s school to begin the sign-up process. If you are unsure of what neighborhood elementary school your child would attend, please check on the Elementary Attendance Areas page. If you are unable to determine the school or have additional questions, you may contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, at 217-384-3651, to verify a specific address.

At the school, you, the parent or legal guardian, will complete the registration forms, sign-up your student for an August kindergarten screening, and receive a handbook with information about Urbana’s kindergarten classes and how to ensure success for your child.

Each neighborhood elementary school has set aside time between now and the end of the school year (May 28th) for parents who missed Kindergarten Connection but still need to start the registration process. Dates and times are listed below for each school. Starting the process now will help you to avoid the long “New Student” lines at Centralized Registration on July 29th – July 31st.

Kindergarten Connection/registration times for each elementary school are:

King Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 11:00am & 12:30pm to 2:30pm
(217) 384-3675

Leal Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 11:00am & 1:00pm to 2pm
(217) 384-3618

Prairie Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 1:30pm
(217) 384-3628

Thomas Paine Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 11:00am & 12:30pm to 2:30pm
(217) 384-3602

Wiley Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 2:00 pm
(217) 384-3670

Yankee Ridge Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 1:00pm
(217) 384-3607

Did you miss Kindergarten Connection?

May 6th, 2014

Kindergarten Connection at the Urbana Civic Center on April 8th was a success! We had 184 families attend this first step into kindergarten!

If you missed the Kindergarten Connection and your child will be entering Kindergarten in one of Urbana’s neighborhood elementary schools this fall, you are encouraged to go to your child’s school to begin the sign-up process. If you are unsure of what neighborhood elementary school your child would attend, please check on the Elementary Attendance Areas page. If you are unable to determine the school or have additional questions, you may contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, at 217-384-3651, to verify a specific address.

At the school, you, the parent or legal guardian, will complete the registration forms, sign-up your student for an August kindergarten screening, and receive a handbook with information about Urbana’s kindergarten classes and how to ensure success for your child.

Each neighborhood elementary school has set aside time between now and the end of the school year (June 4th) for parents who missed Kindergarten Connection but still need to start the registration process. Dates and times are listed below for each school. Starting the process now will help you to avoid the long “New Student” lines at Centralized Registration on July 29th – July 31st.

Kindergarten Connection/registration times for each elementary school are:

King Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
(217) 384-3675

Leal Elementary School
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
(217) 384-3618

Prairie Elementary School
Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
(217) 384-3628

Thomas Paine Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
(217) 384-3602

Wiley Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 12:30pm & 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
(217) 384-3670

Yankee Ridge Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
(217) 384-3607

UECS declares Tuesday, February 25 as Mustache Day!

February 21st, 2014

UECS students, teachers and staff will celebrate Mustache Day throughout the day on Tuesday, February 25. Principal Cris Vowels provided us with the following declaration:

I hereby declare Tuesday, Feb 25th, 2014 as UECS MUSTACHE DAY!  If you are unable to grow a mustache over the weekend, you are welcome to bring in a mustache to sport.  (I DO NOT recommend sharing your previously worn mustache with a friend).

Note that we can provide mustaches (not previously worn) to those that cannot grow or provide one. Read the rest of this entry »

UECS Ribbon Cutting and Open House Gallery

September 20th, 2013

Urbana Early Childhood School received a warm welcome to the community with the ribbon cutting and open house ceremony on Saturday, August 17, 2013.

The event was attended by parents, community members, UECS staff and USD board members and past and present administrators.  Cynthia Johnson of the Urbana Business Association (UBA) put together the ribbon cutting ceremony that included the principal of UECS, Cris Vowels, USD #116 Superintendent Donald Owen, USD #116 Board of Education President and several UECS students.  Tours were given of the new building after the ceremony. Read the rest of this entry »

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