Family Engagement


Family Engagement

EPEL creates family/caregiver opportunities for leadership, family voice, and experiences through Meeting Families Where They Are in the neighborhoods, laundromats, mobile food pantries and pop-up sites.

Family resources, neighborhood Learning On the Go programs, food pantries, the Getting Ready for Kindergarten calendar, and social media sites help build family engagement and partnership for support. The family engagement team of partners collaborate 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. The partnership empowers families to be their child's first and most important teacher.

This easy messaging of Give Me Five is a reminder that caregivers can Talk, Play, Read, Do and Write anywhere/everywhere and offer early childhood experiences to build their child's brain.


Give Me Five Message

Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendars


Pick up a copy at libraries, health care facilities, local businesses, laundromats, or by messaging EPEL. To download a copy click here.

Learning on the Go 

EPEL partners visit five neighborhoods weekly to read children's stories, offer hands-on early learning opportunities, books, materials, and support for caregivers. Food is available for children ages 18 and under and book checkout is available on the bookmobiles.

Cornerstone Neighborhood

Mulberry Neighborhood

Cornerstone NeighborhoodBookmobile at Cornerstone


Buena Vista Neighborhood


Buena Vista Miss Beth Reading Story


Buena Vista Neighborhood

Century Oaks Neighborhood 


Mom and Children Century Oaks


Century Oaks children

River's Landing Neighborhood


RIver's Landing Neighborhood


Gail Borden Library Book Bike for Checkout


Parkwood Elementary


Streamwood Parkwood Summer ProgramPoplar Creek Library for book checkout at Parkwood