Parent Information & Support

Parents are a child's first and most important teacher. The Collaboration’s parent information and support programs provide parents with tools, resources and connections to other parents to enable them to gain confidence and be successful.

Home Visiting For Children Prenatal to 3 Years of Age

Partnering with Parents PRP Logo Partnering with Parents supports children prenatal to three years old in Oak Park and River Forest through home visiting and group activities that help parents grow as their child’s first teacher, meet other parents and get connected to other needed services.

Partnering with Parents offers high-quality and innovative services that are brought to you by Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago with support from the Collaboration for Early Childhood.

Benefits of Home Visiting

  • * Services are FREE and offered by highly qualified staff
  • * Makes a real difference in the lives of parents and children
  • * Helps all children enter school ready to learn
  • * Utilizes an evidence-based home visiting model
  • * Helps to build strong families and promotes positive parent-child interaction and relationships
  • * Improves children’s health and development
  • * Parents receive information, referrals for needed services, and support from knowledgeable and compassionate staff

171 Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: 708-434-2560

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Recent Accomplishments

The Collaboration for Early Childhood recently conducted two surveys. One asked families with young children about their parenting experiences. The other asked people who provide services to families about their programs. The result is a comprehensive look at opportunities to expand programs, potentially add new ones where needs are not being met, or partner in ways that share resources.

These are the goals for our new Parenting Resource Program, which is underway now.

The Collaboration will work with partners to:

  • * provide parents with opportunities to connect with each other,
  • * share activities and information about child development and parenting, and
  • * coordinate and develop program resources so families can easily access what they need.

Thank you to the 446 parents and 48 providers who completed this survey!

Read a complete report of the survey, with findings and recommendations.

Parenting Resource Program

Help us create new programs! In order to improve the services available to parents, we are currently reviewing the programs offered through the Parenting Resource Program.

If you are pregnant or have a child 5 years old or younger, we would love to hear your input on any parenting services or activities you would find useful for the Parenting Resource Program. Please email Jennifer Little to offer advice or ask questions.

In the meantime, please stay in touch:


Early Childhood Resource Directory

Good information helps parents make good decisions. The Early Childhood Resource Directory, published and revised every two years by the Collaboration, presents information on community organizations, child care and early learning programs, and other community resources. It also provides useful advice on selecting quality providers, transitioning to kindergarten, health, safety and early reading activities. The directory is available for free at distribution spots throughout the community.

The Resource Directory is also available online.

Be Involved

The Collaboration's "Be Involved" (PDF) campaign encourages parents to read, play, listen, talk, hug, explore, cook health and limit TV and the use of technology for their children in order to promote growth and development. Children who live in environments rich in these practices are more likely to be healthy, safe, confident, creative, kind, active, curious and problem solvers - all characteristics identified by early childhood and kindergarten teachers of successful young learners.

Read more to Be Involved with your child. (PDF)


Each February, the Collaboration offers a symposium for educators, caregivers, parents, and anyone who works with young children. All attendees gain knowledge, perspective and practical skills that promote positive learning experiences for our very youngest children. Designed to be interactive and to promote networking amongst attendees, the Symposium includes a keynote address by a noted authority on the annual theme and there is a wide range of workshops.

Browse handouts and materials from past Symposiums.

ExceleRate Illinois

ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality rating and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers. The program establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. It provides a framework for early learning professionals to identify opportunities for improvement, increase their skills and take steps to make positive changes. Early learning programs are awarded quality ratings of green, bronze, silver and gold to provide parents with an objective way to make quality a part of their decision making when selecting a program for their children. The ratings are broadly publicized.

The Collaboration provides training, coaching and technical assistance to early childhood programs in Oak Park and River Forest to support their engagement in ExceleRate.

View a list of child care centers with ExceleRate ratings in Oak Park, River Forest or Forest Park.

View the rating of all child care centers.

Parent Information & Support Resources

The Collaboration has compiled a list of websites of interest to parents. Topics range from childbirth to fussy babies to reading.

Visit the Parent Information & Support Library.