Elgin Partnership for Early Learning engages the community in
preparing young children to succeed in school and life!
EPEL increases entry and engagement through the following objectives:
Strengthen the birth to school pipeline through the implementation of a coordinated referral system
Utilize common messaging to show unified support for children and families
Increase parental awareness of programs and the importance of early childhood programs
Together we take action through several initiatives
GETTING READY FOR KINDERGARTEN CALENDAR: 12,000 calendars are given to parents of our three and four-year-olds each year. The calendar offers many developmental activities that parents can do daily to prepare their children for kindergarten.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS:
Common Community Messaging:
DID YOU KNOW? FLIPBOOKS Birth to 2 years of age:
- EPEL created a dynamic series of parenting tip cards to support new parents in helping their child to learn, develop, and grow right from the start.
EPEL increases the quality of services delivered to families through the following activities:
- Coordinate leadership training and professional development opportunities for all levels of professionals
- Raise awareness for ExceleRate Illinois throughout the community and encourage participation and recognition
EPEL Provides a Support Network for Childcare Directors and Family Care Providers:
- EPEL has engaged childcare professionals to participate in quarterly network opportunities that focus on training, resources and making childcare the highest quality possible.
- Implement a Director and Family Care Provider Support Network for center/preschool directors for ongoing support, training, and opportunities.
EPEL Launched Community Bilingual Books Baskets:
- 29 book baskets have been placed where children may wait to offer opportunities to learn while waiting.
EPEL increases utilization of child, family, and community data and takes action in response through the following activities:
- As a response to the KIDS Kindergarten data, EPEL has partnered with two laundromats to offer "Language in the Laundromat" meeting families where they are. Both laundromats are equipped with messaging about early learning, bookcases, weekly storytime and activities. Visit an early learning laundromat, JetXpress on Dundee Avenue or Blue Kangaroo on Summit Avenue
While You Wait Flipcharts:
As part of our Meeting Families Where They Are initiative EPEL created flipcharts to be used in places children wait, like physician's offices, restaurants, and businesses. They are in English and Spanish and offer activities to do with parents while waiting.