Elgin Partnership for Early Learning (EPEL) is the hub of support, resources, and connections of early childhood for the community of Elgin. EPEL works collaboratively with our community partners in the three circles of our logo (Early Learning and Development, Family Leadership and Support, and Health) to collectively impact children's best outcomes. We keep children and families at the center of our work to ensure all children have equal access to early childhood opportunities and resources for success in school and life.
EPEL strives to build a connected community of care where families are supported, and children enter Kindergarten with a strong early learning foundation. This impact is made through cross-sector partners' collective efforts, early learning experiences where families and children have equitable support in this journey of the first 2,000 days from birth to Kindergarten.
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Community Engagement leverages our entire community of partners, schools, and businesses to support all children and families to create better outcomes on their journey to Kindergarten. Community Engagement includes building awareness of the importance of early learning through opportunities in the community like “Language in the Laundromat”, early learning neighborhood park sites and shared messaging of “Give Me Five” in the first 2,000 days from birth to Kindergarten.
Early Learning collaboration works in partnership with early education directors, in-home care providers, and teachers to ensure families have high-quality programs to access and educators trained to have children developmentally and social-emotionally ready for Kindergarten. EPEL builds a connected system to make sure families have access to equitable early learning programs and smooth transitions from birth to Kindergarten for our children.
Family Engagement creates family/caregiver opportunities for leadership and voice through Meeting Families Where They Are, resources, neighborhood “Learning On the Go” programs, food pantries, and social media sites. Our family engagement team of partners and parents collaborates with parent-led organizations to build capacity, collect family voices, and work together to empower caregivers in their child’s journey in the first five years of life.
Health and Development connects families with health care resources, services, and information needed to support their children's healthy growth and development. We connect families with partners to help meet basic needs, home visiting, developmental concerns, childcare/preschool, behavior/mental health services, and supportive parenting resources. Healthy children begin with empowering new families with prenatal education about the development of children during the first 2,000 days from birth to Kindergarten. Remember, children develop at their own pace, but it is essential to stay attuned to developmental milestones (link to screenings) critical for Kindergarten readiness.