Why Early Childhood Education?

  • Neurological research shows that the early years play a key role in children’s brain development. Babies begin to learn about the world around them from a very early age – including during the prenatal, perinatal (immediately before and after birth) and postnatal period. 

    Children’s early experiences – the bonds they form with their parents and their first learning experiences – deeply affect their future physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. Optimizing the early years of children’s lives is the best investment we can make as a society in ensuring their future success.

    The Lake County Office of Education is proud of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs we offer to our 0 - 5 year old population.

    Download our Bloom Into Kindergarten booklet to help your 0-5 year old become kindergarten-ready.

    Descargue nuestro folleto Bloom Into Kindergarten para ayudar a su niño de 0 a 5 años a prepararse para el kindergarten.


Early Connections Preschool

  • Apple Early Connections Preschool programs are offered at eight elementary schools for three hours a day, morning and/or afternoon.

    State Preschool programs are free to income qualified families. Children receive breakfast, lunch, or afternoon snack daily.

    Read more about LCOE Preschools.

Kindergarten Registration

  • Kindergarten Registration Graphic

    Will your child be 5 years old by September 1, 2020? 

    It's time to register them for Kindergarten! 

    Meet teachers and register young students for the upcoming school year at a Kindergarten RoundUp Event in your local school district.

    Visit the Kindergarten Registration page to learn more.

Lake County Quality Counts (LCQC)

  • LCQC Gold Logo The Lake County Quality Counts (LCQC) is a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs.

    LCQC is focused on creating quality early education programs within Lake County for children ages 0-5. 

    Read More about LCQC.

Child Care Planning Council

Imagination Library

  • Imagination Library Logo Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book-gifting program that mails free, age-appropriate, high-quality books to children from birth until their fifth birthday, no matter their family’s income.

    Read More about Imagination Library.

SELPA Early Start


  • Bloom logo The goal of Bloom is to inspire families to use simple techniques with their young children to prepare them for school through reading, games and fun conversation so they can start their education right, and prepare for their bright futures beyond the classroom.

    Download our Bloom Into Kindergarten booklet to help your 0-5 year old become kindergarten-ready.

    Descargue nuestro folleto Bloom Into Kindergarten para ayudar a su niño de 0 a 5 años a prepararse para el kindergarten.