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About EPEL


EPEL was formed as a collaborative community partnership in 2011 to ensure the healthy growth and optimal development of young children within the context of their families and through local system development in Elgin.  The collaborative work brings together early childhood education providers, community-based organizations, education, government, health care, social services, and an array of community stakeholders. 

EPEL partners have as their mission the building of a connected community dedicated to helping young children thrive. Through equal access to the wide repertoire of parent, child and family support systems in the greater Elgin area, and a community that supports all parents in helping their children grow to their potential, EPEL’s vision is that all Elgin children are happy, healthy, and ready for kindergarten. 

Our Purpose

  • Ensure a shared vision for young children in the Elgin, Illinois community is clearly held, broadly disseminated, and acted upon.

  • Support awareness and access for families to high-quality child development and early learning experiences. 

  • Coordinate efforts across all birth to five programs to increase impact and efficiency.

  • Support quality improvement and capacity building of birth to five professionals and organizations. 

  • Respond to Elgin community data about strengths, needs, and gaps. 

Our Message:

We have adopted a straightforward message to share with parents and caregivers. 

Using these five simple practices (Talk, Play, Read, Do and Write) starting at birth will help children during the critical period of early brain development.