A New Home for First Steps Preschool
D63's First Steps Preschool offers programs that meet a wide range of needs. At-risk, community, and special education programs offer a research-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum, with strong emphasis on language, motor, social, independence, and pre-kindergarten skills.
Currently, First Steps operates out of three D63 elementary schools: Apollo, Melzer, and Washington, But since 2008, the population has almost doubled and now tops 260, with continued growth projected. With a rapidly expanding number of students -- and full day kindergarten on the horizon -- First Steps Preschool needs its own space with room to grow.
To meet these needs, D63 will build a free-standing First Steps facility. Plans are still being finalized, but the building will be located in proximity the District Office and Apollo Elementary School at Dee and Central. Preliminary construction costs range between $7-$10 million, however, these costs are subject to change.
The new preschool is tentatively scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.
Report to the Board of Education: March 1, 2018