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EPEL Initiatives "Learning On The Go"

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



  • The information phone line gives parents an easy way to find support and information about the services and resources they need for their children. 


  • 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.

Click here for English and in Español

In partnership with Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley, DayOnePACT, Kane County Health Department, and School District U-46, EPEL offer free online screenings for children 0-5 years of age. The screenings evaluate for social-emotional or developmental delays and a referral will be made to early intervention if needed. Early intervention partners with families to provide the best early start for children available. For a free online screenings click here.


Give Me Five messaging offers five easy prompts to remind parents to Talk, Play, Read, Do and Write in their everyday life preparing children for Kindergarten.


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. 

Click here for flipbooks.


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.

  •  Director and Family Care Provider Network for Early Childhood Providers for ongoing support, training, and opportunities. 


EPEL Launched Community Bilingual Books Baskets:

  • 42 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 Individual Developmental Screening) 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.



Move, Play and Talk Early Learning Signs:

Visit Festival Park in downtown Elgin to learn while you play through five early learning signs.