for Parents, Guardians and Caregivers
SPARK supports parents by:
- Ensuring all families are aware of the importance of early learning and connecting them with programs and services.
- Supporting the expansion of formal and informal early learning opportunities in Aurora.
Click HERE to find what School District serves your address.
- District 129 - Please click here for more information.
- District 131 - Please click here for more information.
- District 204 - Please click here for more information.
- District 308 - Please click here for more information.
SPARK ... a love of learning
Please click on the link above to download your very own copy of our 2017 Calendar. This calendar has ideas and suggestions on activities you can do with your child that include Talk, Read, Play, Move and Explore. Each month brings a new set of activities for families with young children.
SPARK ... un amor al aprendizaje
Favor de hacer clic en el enlace arriba para descargar su propia copia de nuestro Calendario 2017. Este calendario da ideas y sugerencias de actividades que usted puede hacer con su hijo que incluye Hablar, Leer, Jugar, Mover y Explorar. Cada mes trae nuevas actividades para familias con niños pequeños.
Why Early Learning Matters!
Check out the presentation below to find out more!
Early Care and Education Options for Families
There are many options for families who are looking for care for their child.
Early Childhood Screenings
What’s that all about?
3 reasons to screen from birth to age 5
- Screening can assist your child to be ready for school.
- Any health or developmental concerns canbe found earlier and help can be provided sooner.
- Because screening is free, it's easyand it's good for your child!
Child and Family Connections
Child and Family Connections of Kane and Kendall counties (CFC 4) is one of 25 Child and Family Connections offices throughout the State of Illinois. CFC’s are grant funded agencies under contract to the Department of Human Services Bureau of Early Intervention to administer the Illinois Early Intervention program. Our Child and Family Connections office serves as the point of entry for the State’s Early Intervention program in Kane and Kendall counties.
The Early Intervention system in Illinois is a collection of services for infants and toddlers who have delays in development or are likely to have delays. Early Intervention builds upon the natural learning occurring in a child’s first few years.
Early Intervention may:
Ages and Stages: You know how critical the first 5 years of life are. The sooner you catch a delay or disability, the sooner you can help connect children with services and supports that make a real difference. That’s why you’ll love Ages & Stages Questionnaires™ (ASQ), the parent-completed developmental and social-emotional screeners professionals have trusted for more than 15 years to pinpoint delays as early as possible.
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
Do you need help finding child care and/or paying for it? Click below to get assistance with both!
For those in Kane and DuPage Counties: YWCA
For those in Will and Kendall Counties: Child Care Resource & Referral
Healthcare for All Kids
The All Kids program offers many Illinois children comprehensive healthcare that includes doctors visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers.
Receive text messages promoting maternal and child health!
Women who text "BABY" (or “BEBE” for Spanish) to 511411 receive three free text messages a week, timed to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday. The messages address topics such as labor signs and symptoms, prenatal care, urgent alerts, developmental milestones, immunizations, nutrition, birth defect prevention, safe sleep, safety, and more. Text ‘STOP’ to discontinue messages or ‘HELP’ for help at any time.
Everyday life is a learning experience for children.
Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.
It's easy and fun to provide early learning opportunities for your young child. You can do it anytime, anywhere - it's learning on the go! Here are a few ideas to turn ordinary daily activities into eye-opening experiences for your child.
Do you know what child care progam is the best for your child? Do you know what is important in selecting a program?
As a parent, you have the most influence on your child’s development from infancy to adulthood. And one of the first important decisions you will make is choosing the best early learning setting (sometimes referred to as child care, pre-K or preschool) for your child’s birth to preschool years.
ExceleRate Illinois helps you find an early learning provider who makes quality a priority.
By supporting and recognizing continuous quality improvement in early learning, ExceleRate Illinois provides you with an objective way to make quality a part of your decision making. Ultimately, the system helps you feel confident that your child has the best opportunity to learn and grow.
Do you need help increasing your family's strengths, enhancing your child's development and reducing child abuse and neglect? See what is happening in our area below.
Who We Are: Strengthening Families is a research-based, cost-effective strategy to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce child abuse and neglect. It focuses on building five Protective Factors that also promote healthy outcomes.
Those five protective factors are parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need and social and emotional competence of children.
If you want to know more about what’s happening in your area, contact: Mayra Juarez at 630.264.1444
Learning can be fun! Help get your child off to a great start, and have a little fun in the process.
PNC Grow Up Great is an investment in the future. Extensive research indicates that the returns on investments in high-quality early education and school readiness initiatives are significant and long lasting - impacting our children, our society and the health of our economy for generations to come. Furthermore, research shows that children who participate in high-quality preschool programs are far more likely to experience greater educational achievements, strive toward higher vocational aspirations and contribute to society later in life.
A source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois.
For children ages birth to three - Illinois Early Learning Guidelines.
Illinois Parents is the connecting link to resources for Illinois families on raising and educating their children and a menu of resources for schools in their work with families.