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    0-5 EARLY BEGINNINGS PROGRAM

    Early Beginnings is a prevention initiative program for families with children 0-5 years of age residing within Decatur Public District # 61. This program is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education of children who may be considered at risk. The goal of the Early Beginnings Program is to build a mutually trusting relationship with families, to provide access to programs and community resources and to increase parent awareness of their children.

    Playgroups:

    Kindermusik is scheduled once a month on the first Tuesday. Each Kindermusik will start at Southeast Early Learning Center in the library from 10:00am to 11:30am. Each Kindermusik will provide parents with several options. Each month is a new Lesson, Music, Snack, and Arts and Crafts are introduced to address many learning styles. Before leaving each Kindermusik the child are able to take a bag home to continue learning from the lesson. Bilingual services are available for parents to discuss family issues, referrals, parenting problems as well as child development.

    Play and Learn Time is scheduled once a month on the third Tuesday.  Each playgroup will start at Pershing Early Learning Center in the library from 10:00am to 11:30am. Each playgroup will provide parents with several options.  Each month is a new Topic, Songs, Activities, Snack and Arts and Crafts are introduced to address many learning styles. Bilingual services are available for parents to discuss family issues, referrals, parenting problems as well as child development.

    Family Fun Nights:

    For families looking for new family activities to do together, our Family Fun Nights has something for everyone. Family Fun Nights are hosted at Pershing Early Learning Center from 5:00pm to 6:30pm every month on the third Thursday. It’s a time for the whole family to come out enjoy a snack, interact with the whole family by exploring the school with sensory tables, parent child interaction activities, arts and crafts, and being able to connect with other families.

    Curriculum Used:

    The Early Beginnings Program uses Parents As Teachers trained staff to promote the following curriculums Parent- Child Interactions, Family Well-Being, Development Centered Parenting, and Illinois Early Learning Guidelines.

    A variety of program services are offered to the families:

    Home visits with a Parent Educator, Periodic screenings and assessments, Book/ Toy lending library, Center-Based playgroups, Family counseling referrals, Parent support lending library, Curriculum variety to meet various learning needs, and 0-5 programs collaboration within Macon County.