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Prevention Initiative provides FREE home visiting services to families within Rock Island County. This program offers personal home visits to families and children birth to three using the Baby Talk curriculum, parent and child activities, and a lending library for parents and children. Developmental, speech and language, hearing, and vision screenings are provided free to families for children birth to three years.
An additional Prevention Initiative center-based component provides services to children ages 24-36 months in three childcare centers in Rock Island County. Classrooms are supported by grant funds from the Illinois State Board of Education. Twenty-four children and families are receiving services. The center-based model consists of a Family Support Specialist providing home visits for 16 children birth to three with an additional element of a designated PI teacher providing instruction to 8 children 24-36 months. Both home visiting and center-based services are offered year-round, contingent upon funding.
Early Learning Quad Cities is a collaborative effort among the Regional Office of Education, the Early Childhood Coalition, and area childcare providers and school districts to make Preschool for All services available in childcare centers and schools. Classrooms are supported by grant fund allocations from the Illinois State Board of Education. Teachers licensed in Early Childhood Education partner with staff to provide educational programming aligned with the Illinois Early Learning Standards and Creative Curriculum for children ages 3-5, not yet age eligible for kindergarten. The goals of the program are to promote growth and development of all children birth to five so that more children enter school ready to learn, more children have access to supports and services that encourage healthy development of the whole child, and that parents are an active and engaged participant in the critical early years. Currently, services are provided in 26 classrooms among 12 collaborative partners. There are 520 children receiving direct services.
Preschool for All-Federal Expansion is a collaborative effort between the Regional Office of Education and the Carbon Cliff-Barstow school district to provide full-day preschool programming to four-year-old children. Classrooms are supported by funds from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development.
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