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 tuition-based preschool, Pre-K Care (11 am - 3:00 pm), and before & after-school programming (6:30 am - 8:00 am, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm) for children 3-5 years old.  

Grant Funded Programming Placement   
  • Grant-funded preschool placement is not first-apply, first-placed.      
  • Qualifying for state-funded preschool programming is based, in part on the following requirements:
  • Residency: The child must be a resident of the city of LeRoy.
  • Birth Certificate: The child must be 3 by September 1 of the school year applying to enroll.
  • Income Verification: Parents must submit proof of income at screenings to be considered for grant funding.
    • 2 most recent, consecutive pay stubs

    • Proof of WIC benefit

    • Proof of SNAP benefit

    • Proof of TANF enrollment

    • Proof of SSI benefit

    • Current tax return

    • Most recent W-2
    • Verification/letter from employer
    • Proof the family receives Child Care Assistance
    • Proof of parent enrolled in Medicaid
    • Written statement of receiving no income




     Eligibility Criteria: Parents must complete the Preschool Student/Family Information Survey prior to screenings so the information can be reviewed for eligibility.

  • Screening Results: Preschool Developmental Screening assess Motor, Concepts, and Language skills of a child in comparison to same-age peers.  


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 student's 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 Coordinator


Screening Coordinator  Jess Harden hardenj@leroyk12.org




PreK Programming

Right Start Preschool: 3-5-year-olds

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

  • Meets daily 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM or 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (healthy snack included)

  • 5 days - Grant Funded (grant funding is determined by

  • 5 days - 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 11:00 AM -3:00 PM (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 = 3:00PM-5:30PM)

  • AM: Breakfast included  

  • PM: Snack included

  • Full (when teachers are in session)


Programming Hours and Fees



Daily Fees

ECE and Grant Funded Preschool

(State-Funded Preschool - Snack Provided)

  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Tuition Preschool

(Preschool - Snack Provided)

  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Pre-K Care

(Preschool Child Care - Lunch Provided)

  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Tuition Full Day

(AM Preschool and Pre-K Care - Snacks Provided)

  8:00 AM -3:00 PM


Tuition Extended Full Day

(AM PC, Preschool, Pre-K Care, PM PC - Lunch & Snacks Provided) 

  6:30 AM - 5:30 PM


Morning Panther Care

(Pre-K -6th AM Care - Breakfast Provided)

  6:30 AM - 8:00 AM


Afterschool Panther Care

(Pre-K -6th PM Care - Snack Provided)

  3:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Inservice Days - Pre-K -6th (No School - Lunch/Snacks Provided)

Full Day and Extended Full Day Programming

  8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

  6:30 AM - 5:30 PM