• Early Beginnings is a free home visiting program for families with children 0-5 years of age residing within Decatur School District #61. This program is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education for children who may be considered at risk.

    Our Program Services Include:

    • Home visits with a Parent Educator
    • Free periodic screenings and assessments
    • Free Book/Toy lending library
    • Parent Groups
    • Family Fun Nights
    • Family counseling referrals
    • Parent support lending library
    • Curriculum variety to meet various learning needs
    • 0-5 Programs—Collaboration within Macon Count

    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.

    One of the most important components of the Early Beginnings Program are parents. The Early Beginnings staff believes that parents are their children's first and best teacher. Therefore, to make a significant change in a child's life, parents must be given the tools, the information, and the resources to help their children.

    Parent Groups and Family Fun Nights are scheduled each month. Times and days are varied to provide parents with several options. Topics, subjects, and themes are introduced to address many learning styles.

    Two Bilingual Family Home Educators are available to parents to discuss family issues, make referrals, and assist with parenting problems.

    Four Family Home Educators are experience staff that are available to parents to help build relationships with families.