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Parent & Caregiver Resources

     Early Learning Resources             

Best Beginnings  Resources and activities in English and in Spanish for physical, social, and emotional development for 18 to 30 months.

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.

Bricks 4 Kidz Elgin  Where Kids Learn, Build and Play with Lego Bricks!

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. 

Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning  Parent training modules to support growth and development.  

Early Childhood  Information, products, and ideas for parents including products specific to children with a developmental delay. 

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

Governor's Office of Early Childhood Education  Types of care for your child, how to pick a high-quality center, funding and how to find care.

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. 

National Association for the Education of Young Children  Learning and development resources for families as well as a search tool for quality childcare. 

Too Small to Fail  Promotes the importance of early brain and language development and to empower parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children from birth.

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.

Scholastic  A searchable database of information by age and topic area including Raising a Reader, child development, crafts and activities, learning printables, and book recommendations.

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

U.S. Department of Education  Selected publications for parents about early literacy, preschool, and special education. 

 


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.

March of Dimes  Information about pregnancy, birth, complications, and loss. 

Product Recalls The federal recall list for the health and safety of your family. 

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

The Child Mind Institute  Information for families who have a child with a mental health issue or learning delay. 


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.