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.
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
Early Brain and Child Development Handouts and other resources for families around brain and child development.
Healthy Children A website with information related to child health and specific parenting issues.
Physical Developmental Delays Activities by age to determine if your child is developing typically.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Developmental Milestones Lists of developmental milestones from birth to 5 years.
Learn the Signs, Act Early Milestones and other tools to monitor your child's development.
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.