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Parent & Caregiver Early Learning Resources


Behavior Strategies for Home Videos, Visuals and Tips on how to support your child at home shared by Kindergarten Transition Specialist U-46 Schools.

Born Learning  Resource for parents to encourage their child to start learning from birth. Materials for every age to track developmental stages in English and Spanish birth to five years of age.

Center for Effective Parenting  Informational sheets for parents of toddlers and school-aged children, and parents involved in education.  Resources are available in English and Spanish. 

Center for Parent Information and Resources  Resources available in English and Spanish for topics including behavior, disability, mental health, parental rights, policy, early intervention, and education.

Gail Borden Public Library  The local Elgin public library where families can borrow books and more, attend events and classes, and receive other supports. 

Get Ready to Read!  Early learning resources to help develop reading skills before kindergarten.

Illinois Early Learning Project  Tip sheets about various topics for families available in multiple languages.  

PBS Parent  Resources and tips for raising children.  


Book Finder  A database to find appropriate books by age, theme, and type

Expert Tips & Advice  Articles from child development experts around topics relevant to families. 

Resources for Early Learning  Activities by topic area for children birth to 33 months.

Talking is Teaching  Resources to encourage development from birth through talking. 



Child Development, Health, and Safety Resources:                      


American Academy of Pediatrics 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A Guide to Children's Mental Health

Child Development, PBS Parents  A child development tracker from 1 to 8 years of age. 

iGrow Illinois  Information regarding the home-visiting program in Illinois.

Text4Baby  A texting service that sends relevant information to your mobile phone based on pregnancy month in addition to appointment reminders

Activities to "Do" with Children:

Vroom Daily activities for parents to do with their families.  "New science tells us that our children's first five years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we connect with them, it's not just their eyes that light up-it's their brains too." Sign up for daily brain-building activities here.  Get app for your phone too.