Young Explorers Early Childhood Program

Young explorers play manipulate clay as part of play.A graduation celebration is held each spring.There is one teacher and assistant in addition to specialists in each Young Explorers classroom of 15 students.Practicing with scissorsYoung explorers play in the imagination station kitchen.

Young Explorers have lots of opportunities to learn and play.

A graduation celebration is held each spring.

There is one teacher, an assistant and specialists that rotate through each classroom of 15 students.

Young Explorers have lots of opportunities to practice fine motor skills.

Young Explorers play in the kitchen imagination station.


The Young Explorers Program features a blended model to serve special education, at-risk, and typically developing peers.  Young Explorers is located at:
 Westmoor School, 2500 Cherry Lane, Northbrook,
and serves all families within District 28 boundaries. 


The Young Explorers Early Childhood Program exists to nurture resilient, inquisitive learners with a strong sense of citizenship and love for learning. 


The Young Explorers Early Childhood Program seeks to create an engaging learning environment for young children through developmentally appropriate practices aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.  Our program encourages exploration and skill development through child-centered experiences that build self-confidence and connections between learning and natural environments. The program serves special needs students, at-risk students and typically developing students in a blended classroom model.


Students are enrolled in the program after they have participated in a developmental screening.  Children may participate in a screening session after they are 3 years old.  Screenings occur once a month. 

 Developmental Screening Dates
June 19
Aug. 5
Sept 20.
Oct. 22
Nov. 15
Dec. 13 
Jan. 16
Feb. 21
March 12
April 16
May 15
June 4

Children will participate in a play-based screening in the areas of cognition, language, fine and gross motor skills, social-emotional functioning, and adaptive skills.  Screenings are by appointment only.   To schedule a screening, please contact Helene Josephson, Administrative Assistant for Early Childhood at 847-504-3809.  

Ages/School Calendar

The program is for 2.5 hours a day, Monday through Friday. There are morning and afternoon sessions.
  •  AM classes will be for students turning 3 by Sept. 1: 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  •  PM classes will only be for students turning 4 by Sept. 1: 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

How to Enroll

Spots open throughout the year as students celebrate birthdays. For more information about enrollment please email Helene Josephson or call her at 847-504-3809.

Questions/More Information

For more information, please contact Jenna Duffy, Assistant Director for Student Services/Elementary at