November 22, 2017

Early Childhood Programs

Providing support and information on child development to the families of Rock Island County

Personal Home Visits
Using the Parents As Teachers curriculum, certified parent educators provide information on child development, suggest and model age appropriate activities, and address parenting concerns.

Parent & Child Activities
Our programs provide many opportunities for families to attend activities and events in the community. These events include early literacy activities, toddler play groups, parent and child interaction activities, and family meetings.

Developmental Screening
Regular screening allows for early identification of developmental concerns, and also assists families in learning what to expect from their child’s development and what activities will encourage their child’s further development. Screenings are held monthly (from September-June) for children ages four months to five years old.

Lending Library
Come enjoy our selection of toys, books, puzzles, and games with your infant, toddler, or preschooler! Stay and play, or borrow your child’s favorite books and toys. Parenting resources are also available for checkout. Lending Library hours are 8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Pre-K Classrooms
Since 2003, the Regional Office of Education has collaborated with area childcare centers and the Early Childhood Coalition to provide pre-kindergarten support services in seven childcare center classrooms within the community. The classrooms are supported by grant fund allocations from the Illinois State Board of Education. Teachers certified in early childhood education partner with staff to provide educational programming based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards and Creative Curriculum for children ages 3-5 years.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Our programs offer services for families who:
• live in Rock Island County
• have a child birth to five years (until age eligible for kindergarten)

WHAT IS THE COST?
Activities, events, home visits, screenings and use of our lending library are offered FREE to interested families. Dates and locations are listed in our monthly newsletters. Please call our office if you would like to be placed on our mailing list.