Pre-K Program

SPECTRUM is a preschool program for children three to five years of age who reside in rural Champaign County. The program serves children who have a variety of needs, including those who would benefit from a preschool experience before kindergarten in order to increase their academic readiness skills.

For questions, or to arrange a screening, please contact the program coordinator, listed below.

Samantha Pettry

(217) 419-0784


SPECTRUM believes each child has unique strengths, talents and needs. Each child is given respect and support as he or she works toward becoming an independent, responsible and capable person. SPECTRUM is committed to meeting the individual needs of each child, as well as providing maximum opportunities for preschool-aged children to grow and learn together. 

All 3 to 5 year old children who reside in one of the member districts may receive a quarterly preschool screening to determine whether the child is eligible for the program. Screenings assess vision & hearing, speech/language, thinking & reasoning skills, fine & gross motor skills, and other academic readiness skills.

Children who exhibit significant delays at the preschool screening may be referred for additional evaluation. Children with previously identified special needs may also be referred to SPECTRUM by community agencies, health facilities or parents. SPECTRUM also provides screening information to families for children ages birth to three years of age.