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Principal's Message

Mrs. April Davis


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Dear Parents/Guardians:


WE'VE STRUCK GOLD! Congratulations to School Board President, Darlene Gray Everett and her vision for the Pre-K Expansion Program! A special thanks goes out to Mrs. April Davis, Director of the Early Childhood Center at Diekman Elementary School, and her entire Pre-K staff for reaching "The Gold Circle of Quality" as an Early Childhood Center.


The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that have demonstrated quality on all 15 standards, as validated by an independent assessor. Gold Circle programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, and all program administrative standards; group size and staff/child ratios; staff qualifications; and professional development.

Awards of Excellence Once a program has achieved the Gold Circle of Quality, it can apply for an ExceleRate Illinois Award of Excellence as the next step toward continuous quality improvement and recognition for excellence in specific areas of program quality. There are five Awards of Excellence in the following content areas - Preschool Teaching and Learning, Family and Community Engagement, Linguistically and Culturally Appropriate Practice, Inclusion of Children with Special Needs, and Infant and Toddler Services.

We are so proud of our Pre-K Expansion program since, we were the first district in the State of Illinois to design our Pre-K Model. Job well done!!

Yours in Service,

Mrs. April C. Davis                                                                   Ms. Renata Patterson   

Director of Early Childhood Programs/Principal              Assistant Principal


WE BELIEVE…. Excellence, Humanization, and Pride !


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