The Birth to 3 Program serves families throughout the district who are expecting a baby or have children under the age of 3. The Program works with families through home visits and parent groups throughout the community. Home Visits focus on various parenting topics, parent-child interactions and building connections to other resources in the community. Katey Baldassano, Supervisor, coordinates the program as well as serving to link the program to all things Early Childhood in the area. Currently, the program includes 14 other staff members:
· Provide twice monthly home visits that include learning about topics relevant to each family and fun activities for parents and children
· Screen children and monitor development
· Host parent-child groups throughout the community (10 groups per month)
· Determine initial eligibility for the families
· Provide resource connections for families and hands-on support with accessing resources
· Support staff in meeting the needs of families
· Coordinate transportation needs of families
· Facilitate Mothers and Babies groups (our 6 week class for expectant mothers)
· Assist families with the transition to preschool
1-Child Care Worker
· Assist in all community based groups
· Support staff in keeping all materials in working and clean order
· First point of contact for all staff and families to make a referral or learn more about the program
What’s happening in Birth to 3?
· In September, families participated in library tours and received support with getting library cards
· In October, families came to the West Chicago Art Center to learn about the benefits of messy play and they created a beautiful mural hanging at the center.
· In October, families also took the bus to the Cosley Zoo. What a great day to spend outside and getting close to animals, nature and each other.
· Home Visitors and Case Managers are planning to attend a 2-Day Conference in Lisle on “Protecting Children: Finding Strength, Hope and Resilience.
· Staff plan to join with early childhood professionals from around the state at the Sharing a Vision Conference for 2 days of learning to better support children and families and improve our professional practice.