Early Childhood Center
  • Dr. James A. Mitchem Early Childhood Center

    Mission Statement

    Our mission is to foster the growth and development of ALL children, valuing their diversity, to ensure they are prepared for life, social emotional, and academic success.


    Our collaborative staff shares the responsibilities of designing and implementing research‐based, developmentally appropriate, and high‐quality early childhood programs. All children receive an enhanced learning environment with intentional instruction and support based on their individual needs. We believe in partnership between families, staff and the community as the foundation for individual student growth and program success.


    Belief Statements

    · We believe that every child can learn and grow.

    · We prepare children to be lifelong learners.

    · We share information and resources with families.

    · We believe in creating partnerships with families to support their child’s learning.

    · We use curriculum and assessments that have been proven to be effective for young learners.

    · We believe that social skills are just as important as academic skills and they go hand in hand.

    · Children learn best through play and when they are engaged and having fun!



    Programming for preschool is funded through a variety of sources that include:


    • Illinois State Board of Education Preschool For All Grant
    • Illinois State Board of Education Preschool For All Expansion Grant
    • Tuition
    • Local Funding
    • Title I
  • Dr. James Mitchem Early Childhood Center

    753 Dalhart Ave.
    Romeoville, IL 60446
    Phone: (815) 886-7827
    Fax: (815) 886-7830

    Línea Telefónica en Español:
    (815) 886-2700 ext. 6477