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Chippewa Pool, 197 N 8th Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60016, USA


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Jane L. Westerhold Early Learning Center

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We offer many preschool programs including a SPARK (Paid Tuition) program. Each classroom is designed to provide a positive beginning school experience for all children. Our mission is to provide a safe, secure environment in which children can grow physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. You must be a resident of School District 62 to enroll.


The Westerhold ELC create and sustain developmentally appropriate experiences for young children that strengthens child's intellectual dispositions and support their continuing success as learners and students.

preschool for all

This program emphasizes the relationship among early childhood education, parenting education and involvement, and future success in school.

Early Childhood Special Education

Jane L. Westerhold offers a continuum of special education services to meet the unique educational needs of the three to five year old students with disabilities. 

Prevention Initiative: Birth - Age 3

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This program provides early, comprehensive evidence-based child development and family support services to help families prepare their young children for later school success.

Westerhold Early Learning Center



A Deeper Dive into our ELC

We invite you to take a few minutes to take a deeper dive into the walls of our school. We are proud to share with you our celebrations, innovations and student engagements happening each and every day.

62 Stories: ELC Centers

Learn all about the various centers District 62's youngest learners have the opportunity to explore every week. The Math Center, Literacy Center and Science Center expose the students to hands-on activities not found in the classroom.

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Supporting the Whole Child

District 62 continues to place an emphasis on supporting the needs of all children especially as it relates to social emotional learning "SEL" and supports.

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Sharing Our Stories

Celebrating our Success in the Classrooms

We invite you to take a look at the innovation and learning happening inside our ELC here at the Westerhold Early Learning Center.

Ms. Valia Garbis

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Ms. Taylor Ivan

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Assistant Principal

Ms. Erin Cranston

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Special Education PreschoolTeacher

Ms. Bonnie Tharp

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STAR Teacher in the Preschool for All Program

Ms. Stefani Pollack

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By the Numbers


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Data Updated on 4/30/24




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