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Early Childhood / Pre-K Program
Pre K

Pre K 1


Contact Information:

Horace Mann
Gerri Latting, Principal
2975 W. Broadway, Blue Island, IL 60406
Phone: (708) 385-2450
Fax: (708) 293-4083

Nathan Hale Pre-K
Gerri Latting, Principal 
5318 W. 135th Street, Crestwood, IL 60418
Phone: (708) 385-5853 - Pre-K
Phone: (708) 489-7395 - Birth-3 yrs.
Fax: (708) 489-3538

Hours: 8:30 am - 2:45 pm


Early Childhood / Pre-K Program


 PreK Screenings for the 2019-20 Prekindergarten Program                  (call 708-489-7440 for further information)

Welcome to our schools! Whether your child will be attending Horace Mann, Nathan Hale Primary Preschool or your family is enrolled with our "Families First" Birth to Three Program, we are excited to work with you and your child. We are honored to be the Principals of our Preschool, Early Childhood and Birth to Three Programs.

One of our main goals in our program is to provide high quality early childhood education to both families and students from a pre-natal stage to age five. We work closely together to ensure that our students are well prepared for success in kindergarten. We are also proud recipients of the Illinois State Board of Education’s GOLD and SILVER circles of quality at the Preschool level. The curriculum we use in our Preschool and Early Childhood Classrooms is called the "Creative Curriculum" which addresses social/emotional, language, math, literacy and cognitive development. These five areas are assessed three times per year using Teaching Strategies GOLD. Your child will also be learning the important school expectations of BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE and BE SAFE. Please plan to participate in Parent/Teacher Conferences and our Parent Connections Nights scheduled in the months of October, November, January and March.

We look forward to another great year in partnership with you as we support our youngest learners!

Please do not hesitate to contact us anytime during the school year if you have questions or thoughts you would like to share. Thank you for your partnership as we work together to support your child’s education!



Alma Cano Esparza  (Director of Early Childhood)  

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Upcoming Events

Board of Education Meeting
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April 18, 2019-April 18, 2019
Time:06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Location: Veterans Memorial Middle School, Blue Island, IL-IL

Regular meeting of the Cook County School District 130 Board of Education. Begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Middle School Media Center, 12320 S. Greenwood Ave. in Blue Island.
Apr 18, 2019 (06:30 PM - 09:30 PM)
District Closed - Good Friday
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April 19, 2019
All Day Event
District Closed - Good Friday
Apr 19, 2019 (All Day Event)
District Closed- Casimir Pulaski Day Observed
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April 22, 2019
All Day Event
District Closed- Casimir Pulaski Day Observed
Apr 22, 2019 (All Day Event)
All Aboard for Kindergarten (Spanish)
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April 23, 2019-April 23, 2019
Time:06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
If your child will be starting kindergarten this fall, you won't want to miss this informative evening event! Topics to be discussed: 1: "How to support your child during the transition to Kindergarten." 2: "Important things to know and work on this summer." 3: "Ask a kindergarten teacher." A kindergarten teacher will be present from each school to answer questions. A complimentary backpack filled with supplies will be given to each attending family.
Apr 23, 2019 (06:00 PM - 07:00 PM)
Progress Report Distribution
Event's details
April 23, 2019
All Day Event
Fourth-quarter progress reports distributed at all District 130 schools.
Apr 23, 2019 (All Day Event)
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