Morton District 709 Providing an education to last a life time.

Contact Numbers:

School Office

Phone: 1.309.266.5309

Fax: 1.309.284.1015

Absence: 1.309.284.1000



My ClassEarly Childhood

Welcome to Early Childhood!!

Mrs. Gibbs

Morton Unit School District 709 provides a developmental Early Childhood Program for children who have been identified as having disabilities in the areas of language development, motor readiness skills or behavior.  It is a five-day a week program.  The morning session meets from 8:10 – 10:45, and the afternoon sessions meet from 11:55 – 2:30.  In addition to the classroom experience, speech and language, occupational and physical therapies are provided.  Currently, the program is located at Lettie Brown and Lincoln Elementary School.

Early Childhood Screening

Morton Unit School District 709 offers two developmental screenings for children ages 0-5.  One screening is held in the fall and one in the spring.  If interested, please call the special education department (309-263-0522).

Program Goals

Provide a variety of activities, experiences and choices in a stimulating environment which will help develop the child’s whole personality; physically, mentally, and socially.  Develop and enhance in each child a positive self-image and a respect for self and others.  Allow each child to develop at his/her own rate to his/her greatest potential.  Provide integrated options in natural occurring environments.

What the children will learn in the program…

ŸTo get along well with others – be polite and fair

ŸTo share with others – toys, games and experiences

ŸTo explore – new things and ideas


ŸTo express – with words, clay, paint, crayons, music and movement

ŸTo listen – to stories, to others and to follow directions

ŸTo eat with others – learning to relax and practice good manners

ŸTo care for self and belongings – tending to bathroom needs, hanging up clothes        and returning toys to their proper places

ŸTo make choices – snack time, playtime and friends

Getting Ready

Ways you can help your child get ready for school:

Talk to your child about how glad you are that he/she is going to school

Talk about:

How he/she will meet new friends

How he/she will play games at school

How going to school means the he/she is getting bigger

How he/she will learn new things

How he/she will get to ride the bus to school

Learn everything you can about your child’s school program

Talk to your child about how important it is to sit down at all times in a car or bus

Have your child wear his/her seat belt in our car

Help your child get his/her school supplies ready

Plan to visit school


Mrs. Gibbs

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