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Collaboration for Early Childhood | Strong Start, Bright Future
Easter Seals of Metro Chicago

Early Childhood Resource Fair



Families with children birth to 5

Enjoy story time, activities, raffles and more while learning about a variety of early childhood resources and programs available in the community.
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Developmental Screening Video

What is a Developmental Screening?



This short video explains why it's important and how all children can benefit from it.

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Developmental Screening Video
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Partnering with Parents



Partnering with Parents supports children prenatal to three years old through home visiting and group services focused on helping parents grow as their child's first teacher.
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Early Childhood Directory

Check Out the 2016-2017 Edition of the Early Childhood Resource Directory!

Where can I find preschool or family child care?
What does "quality child care" mean?
Our Early Childhood Resource Directory has all the answers for those with young children in Oak Park, River Forest or Forest Park.
Early Childhood Directory
Watch and Help Me Grow

Watch and Help Me Grow



Is my baby or toddler's growth on track?
When should I talk to my doctor?
Read the milestones in Watch and Help Me Grow.
Watch and Help Me Grow

Parent Information & Support

You are your child's first and most important teacher. The Collaboration provides you with tools and resources for the first 5 years of your child's life. If you have questions, we have answers.

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Providers / Educators

Do you work with children from birth to age 5? The Collaboration offers you resources to provide families with the services they need and professional development to continue your training.

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Developmental Screening

Developmental screenings can improve a child’s health and well-being by identifying their strengths as well as any challenges which may exist. We offer details on referrals and next steps.

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1,411children

received hearing or vision screening this year

NEWS

We champion high-quality early childhood care and learning experiences and support for families so all children develop their full potential.

Early Childhood Resource Directory

Find Child Care, Preschools or Family Child Care

Why Early Childhood?

As a result of the differences in early childhood environments and experiences, approximately two-thirds of the achievement gap challenging Oak Park’s schools is in place when children walk through the kindergarten door. Furthermore, research shows that one of the best investments of public funds is in programs and services that support our very youngest children and their families.
5Years

Skills developed in the first 5 years of a child’s life are crucial to future success.

80Partners

Our network of community partners builds a strong early childhood collaboration.

700Neural Connections

A child's brain forms 700 connections every second during their first years.

4,800Children ages 0-5

There are 4800 children 5 and younger in Oak Park and River Forest.

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