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Education Opportunities 

Learning English

Learning to speak, write and understand English is a key step for every immigrant on their path to becoming an American.

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is committed to serving those who are in need of Adult Education services, including English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.  Classes are held at various locations in communities and colleges throughout Illinois.

For more information about ESL classes in your neighborhood, call the ICCB Helpline at 1-800-321-9511.

Preschool for All

Preschool for All is the Illinois Governor's exciting initiative to make voluntary preschool available to all 3 and 4-year olds.  Children who get a high quality preschool experience are more likely to succeed in school and in life.

Preschool for All programs are funded by the Illinois State Board of Education to provide a half-day preschool program (2.5 hours a day) at no cost to parents.  Parents can sign up their children for this program by applying to local providers funded by the State.

All children are eligible, but availability will vary based on local capacity and need.

To find a program near you, call 1-866-262-6663, or visit the Illinois State Board of Education website: