JLKD encourages and supports excellence in teaching by awarding a Teacher’s Grant to educators who present outstanding student programming for an impactful program or project that otherwise would not be provided for in the school budget.

To be eligible for the grant:

  1. Teachers must be employed full-time or part-time at any public or private school serving students who are in pre-k through fifth grade.
  2.  The school or program must serve a minimum of 20% or more of children from a “low-income family/household” within DuPage, Kane, Kendall, or Will County, Illinois. A “low income family/household” is defined as having an annual income that does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty line.

The next application period will open in winter 2021. Please contact grants@jlkd.org with any questions or to request additional information.

2021 Grant for Impactful Teaching Recipient


In 2021, the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) proudly awarded a Grant for Impactful Teaching to fund a Bubble and Texture Wall at the Early Learning Center in West Chicago, IL.

The Early Learning Center houses three self-contained classrooms for students with autism or autism like behaviors. The students in these classes require specialized services, interventions, and equipment. Funds awarded will be used to fund the development of a room that will serve as a calm and safe space for students with sensory needs through the purchase of multi-sensory equipment. The purpose of a sensory room is to provide a calm, safe, and therapeutic environment for students that need additional support to meet his/her sensory needs. The use of sensory equipment will help students develop and practice an array of skills such as hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and communication. By providing a sense of calm and comfort, sensory rooms help children learn to self-regulate their behaviors, which ultimately improves focus.