Family Early Learning Resources

Libraries and Reading Resources

Bartlett Public Library Bartlett, IL

Gail Borden Public Library Elgin, IL 

At the library families can borrow books and materials, attend events and classes, and receive support. There are three branches (Main, Rakow, and South Elgin) to serve you. Check out the website to see where all of the children’s programming is taking place.

Poplar Creek Public Library Streamwood, IL

Sonya Crawshaw Branch (Poplar Creek Library)
4300 Audrey Lane
Hanover Park, IL 60133
Phone:(630) 837-6800 (Option 2)

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

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

PBS Parent  Resources and tips for raising children.  

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.

Child Development Institute Expert Tips & Advice Articles from experts around topics relevant to families. 

Illinois Early Learning Tip Sheets Organized by age and subject. Tip sheets about various topics for families available in multiple languages.

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Ready4K – Ready4K is a FREE researched-based text messaging program for families with kids ages 0-11. Families can expect to receive 3 texts a week with fun facts and tips on ways to help their child learn and grow.

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

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

Child Development, Health, Milestones & Safety Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics

Developmental Milestones  List of developmental milestones from birth to 5 years of age.

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. 

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

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Activities to “Do” with Children: Brain-Building App

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. 

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