Champaign Early Childhood Center (CECC)

Do you have a child you would like to enroll in Champaign Pre K? Our program is run through the state funded "Preschool for All" grant at no cost to parents/guardians. Children in our program are ages 3-5. Children must turn 3 by Sept. 1 of the current school year, unless they qualify for special education services. Once a child is Kindergarten eligible (age 5 by Sept. 1) they may no longer attend pre K. There is a morning and afternoon session, each runnning 2.5 hours Monday through Friday.

The first step in the process for enrolling in our state funded Pre K program is to call the CECC office to have your student screened. You can call (217) 351-3881 to get on the screening list. Every child must be screened before being enrolled. Once screened, we must find each child eligible through established criteria, which includes income, environmental factors, concerns for development or lack of pre-readniess skills, among other risk factors. We also prioritize those children who will be kindergarten bound the following year.

There is often a wait list. Even if your child is screened, they may not be enrolled until the following year or the next, depending on their age and eligibility. 

Upon enrollment, we must have proof of income, proof of residency in Champaign and a copy of your child's certified (courthouse) birth certification. 

Find more information about the CECC program and enrolling here.