Half-Day, All-Day and Dual Language Kindergarten Information

Online Registration for 2021-22 for Half-Day, All-Day & Dual Language Kindergarten is Now Open

D205 Kindergarten Registration - D205 is fortunate to offer several options for kindergarten: traditional half-day; dual language; and all-day kindergarten. To accommodate interest in all of our kindergarten programs, D205 will be holding kindergarten registration from October 23, 2020 to November 6, 2020.

NOTE: There has been an update, Hawthorne will now have
2 ADK sections with limited space for the 2021-22 school year.

REgister for  Kindergarten

Here is what you should know:

  1. Who: All parents whose child will turn five on or before September 1. This online registration is only for incoming kindergarten students.
  2. What: Registration for Half-Day Kindergarten, All-Day Kindergarten and Dual Language Kindergarten
  3. Final Steps: Complete registration and provide proof of residency in person:
    • Parents/guardians are required to verify residency and produce a picture ID, along with the original birth certificate for your child(ren). For more detailed information on the documents required click here
    • If applicable, submit a completed Financial Assistance Waiver form. 2021-22 ADK FinancialAsst. Waiver-English (2021-22 ADK Financial Asst. Waiver-Spanish) to apply for assistance with All Day Kindergarten tuition.
    • Bring all required documentation to York High School (355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126 - Enter Door #3) from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM according to the following dates.
      • NOTE: The District's safety protocols will be followed, which includes completing a health screening form, wearing a mask, social distancing and temperature check.
        • Edison and Lincoln Families:               Monday, November 9
        • Hawthorne and Jefferson Families:   Tuesday, November 10
        • Field and Jackson Families:                 Wednesday, November 11
        • Emerson and Fischer Families:          Thursday, November 12
        • Make-Up Day for Families:                 Friday, November 13


Kindergarten Information Sessions for Fall 2021-22 Enrollment

In preparation for registration, we invite you to hear more about our programs and have your questions answered. The following meetings will be held virtually via Zoom:

NOTE: There has been an update since the October 15th presentation, Hawthorne will now have 2 ADK sections with limited space for the 2021-22 school year.

D205 Kindergarten Registration Information Session
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Click here to watch the recorded session!

D205 Dual Language Kindergarten Information Session
Monday, October 19, 2020
Click here to watch the recorded session!

Lottery Results: All-Day Kindergarten (ADK) or Dual Language Programs

Families interested in either the All-Day Kindergarten program or the Dual Language program will be notified via email of your acceptance or wait list status no later than December 4, 2020. 

If you did not request All Day Kindergarten or Dual Language, or if your child was not placed in either of these programs via the lottery process, you will be contacted by your school in June 2021 to inform you of your half-day AM or PM kindergarten placement. 

Down Payment for All-Day Kindergarten

Those who are accepted into All-Day Kindergarten must pay a $270 non-refundable tuition down payment via the District 25 Webstore by 11:59 p.m. on December 18, 2020 in order to secure the student's spot in the program.

Contact Information


ADK Phased Rollout 2020-2024

Future Focused starts with our youngest learners

After a multi-year community engagement process, we heard overwhelming community support for an all-day kindergarten (ADK) option. To ensure space in our neighborhood elementary schools and to make facility improvements throughout our school district, D205 asked voters to consider a Future Focused referendum in November 2018, which was approved by our community. The referendum will build two new schools, improve safety and security across the District, add future-ready learning spaces at all school sites, meet many other existing maintenance and infrastructure needs at all our schools, and provide the space for all-day kindergarten.

D205 is excited to continue offering All-Day Kindergarten opportunities, thanks to the research and planning of the D205 Community-Based All-Day Kindergarten Committee.

All-day kindergarten: did you know?

The November 2018 referendum will build enough space in our schools to provide all-day kindergarten for our students, and the D205 Board of Education voted in May 2019 to phase-in the early implementation of all-day kindergarten. Not only will this help our youngest learners but offering this program will enhance our entire community.

  • All-day kindergarten can decrease the need for remedial and intervention services later in elementary school. And offering a level playing field can help narrow the achievement gap, ensuring that all students reach learning benchmarks. When at-risk students are ready for success, it helps all students in the classroom.

  • Investing in early childhood education not only helps our kids, but adds value to our entire community. Our neighboring cities offer all-day kindergarten; introducing it here in Elmhurst 205 will help us remain competitive.

  • There is strong community-wide support for our District to offer an all-day kindergarten option. Adding ADK was the top priority identified in the Focus 205 process, second only to increased STEM opportunities for students, and several surveys showed support for ADK not only among parents, but of the larger community.  

  • Did you know that 77% of schools nationally, 67% of schools in DuPage County, and seven of eight of our top performing neighboring districts offer an all-day kindergarten option for families? Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is excited to offer this important program for our youngest learners, thanks to the support of our referendum!

What’s next for all-day kindergarten?

The District began offering all day kindergarten in 2020-21, phasing in the program ahead of schedule and completing the phase-in by the start of the 2023-24 school year.  Half-day options will continue to be available at all D205 schools.