Right Start Preschool

LeRoy Right Start: Learning through Authentic Purposeful Play!


LeRoy Right Start Free Preschool programming is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and is sponsored by LeRoy School District.  In addition to the state-funded program, the district also offers morning (8:00-11:00 am) and afternoon (11:50-2:50 pm) tuition based PreK, Pre-K Care (11am-2:50 pm), and before (6:30-8:00 am) and after-school programming (2:50-5:30pm) for children 3-5 years old.


PreK Curriculum

Our program uses the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, small group rotation, and focuses on early literacy. Our program gives children the opportunity for a variety of experiences including math, science, writing, and reading appropriate for their age. This philosophy aids children by giving them a positive view of their abilities and a strong and confident desire to continue to learn. Other materials we use are Zaner Bloser, Jolly Phonics, Haggerty Phonemic Awareness, and Touch Math.


In partnership with parents and the community, we will collaborate on establishing an innovative, authentic learning experience that instills the desire to be a life-long learner and problem solver.  We are committed to providing a child-centered developmentally appropriate learning environment that will foster independence, creativity, and curiosity while nurturing our students thinking enabling them to reach their greatest potential.

Program Goals

  • To provide a safe and healthy environment.

  • To provide purposeful and thought-provoking experiences that build on what a child already knows.

  • To teach socially acceptable techniques for expressing thoughts, feelings, and problem-solving.

  • To promote a healthy self-concept and to teach independent living skills.

  • To provide curriculum and instructional practices that align with the Illinois Early Learning & Developmental Standards.

  • To improve children’s future school success by enhancing their early skills and knowledge.

PreK Programming Staff  

 Preschool Director/Administrator

 Maggie Baughman


 Administrative Assistant/Enrollment

 Amy Bunn


Screening Coordinator  Jess Harden hardenj@leroyk12.org













PreK Programming

Family Education: Birth-3-year-olds                     Contact Jessica Harden at (309) 962-4771 - hardenj@leroyk12.org 

  • Baby Talk  (In-home parent/child coaching and learning Birth-3)

  • Family Fun Nights and Family Education NIghts

  • For more information about our program or to schedule a Personal Home Visit

Right Start Preschool: 3-5-year-olds

  • 3-5-year-old Preschool Blended Classrooms (Tuition Based, State Funded Preschool, and ECE)

  • Meets daily 8am-11am or 11:50-2:50(healthy snack included)

  • 5 day Grant Funded

  • 5 day Tuition programming

Pre-K Care:

  • Available for 3-5 yr olds that participate in the State Funded or Tuition Based Pre-K programs

  • Provides fun, educational activities that complement our Pre-K Classrooms

  • Meets daily 11AM-2:50PM (healthy lunch & snack included)

  • 1-5 day programming

Panther Care: Pre-K-6th grade (Before School & After School Care)

  • Meets daily (Before school = 6:30AM-8AM / After School = 2:50PM-5:30PM)

  • AM: Breakfast included  

  • PM: Snack included

  • Full (when teachers are in session)

Tuition Programming Options

 5 Day Preschool M-F



Pre-K Care M-F

 11:00 AM-2:50PM      


 Before School Programming M-F



 After School Programming M-F



Full Programming (Pre-K and Pre-K Care)  8:00AM - 2:50PM  $150/Week

Extended Full Programming (Before School, Pre-K, Pre-K Care, After School) 

 6:30AM-5:30 PM













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