Preschool and Early Childhood

Silvis School District Preschool Programs

The Silvis School District offers two preschool programs:

  1. Special Education Preschool (ECE) classes for children with identified disabilities that require specialized instruction, small classroom settings, and intensive services.
  2. The Hand in Hand (HIH) Preschool program, an at-risk preschool program.

The HIH program is a grant funded preschool program that serves 50 students, ages 3-5, who are identified, through a preschool screening, as being students that could benefit from this program.  The HIH program provides a half-day, 5 days per week preschool program, with class sizes of no more than 20 students per class.   An experienced, certified preschool teacher and an experienced, certified teaching assistant provide instruction in the classroom.  Once the program is full, children are placed on a waiting list.

Screenings for the HIH program are held in March, May, and July in Silvis School District.Throughout the rest of the school year, screenings take place throughout the community. Please contact Mrs. Melissa VanDam or Mrs. Gail Staples at 792-0639 extension 190, or fill out the form below for more information regarding preschool screening or our programs.

Preschool Screening

HAND IN HAND PRESCHOOL SCREENING AT GEORGE O. BARR The Silvis School District #34 will hold screenings for its Hand In Hand Preschool program for the 2019-2020 school year on Thursday, March 7th from 8:00 to 12:00. This state-funded program is for children ages 3-5 who live in the Silvis School District and are not eligible for kindergarten. The program is a half-day session at George O. Barr with a certified teacher and aide. Children who live on the bus route will also have transportation to and from school. Children must be screened to be considered for the program. If you have a child or know of someone who has a child in the Silvis School District between the ages of 3 and 5, please call Mrs. Staples for a screening appointment at 792-0639 ext. 190. If necessary, leave a phone number and your call will be returned. Screenings will be held at George O. Barr Elementary School, 1305 5th Ave., Silvis.

Preschool and Early Childhood Questions


Silvis School District

Phone: 309-792-9325 Fax 309-203-1322
Address: 4280 4th Avenue, East Moline, IL 61244

George O. Barr Elementary

Phone: 309-792-0639
Address: 1305 5th Avenue, Silvis, IL 61282

Northeast Junior High

Phone: 309-203-1300
Address: 4280 4th Avenue, East Moline, IL 61244

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