DuPage Regional Office of Education

Parents as Teachers Family Newsletter

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The Mission of DuPage Regional Office of Education Parents as Teachers

The mission of the DuPage Regional Office of Education is to collaboratively build and

sustain a high-quality county educational community for all youth. It is the mission of the model to promote optimal early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. We provide FREE information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

The goals of Parents As Teachers is to:

• Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development

• Improve parenting practices

• Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues

• Increase children’s school readiness and school success

Parents who participate in Parents as Teachers are more confident about their parenting and are more involved in their children’s schooling, which is a key component of a child’s success in and out of school.

We partner with the following school districts in DuPage County: Addison SD 4, Bensenville SD 2, Community Consolidated SD 93, Fenton SD 100, Keeneyville SD 20, Marquart SD 15, Queen Bee SD 16, Roselle SD 12, Villa Park SD 45, Wood Dale SD 7, Woodridge SD 68.


Join us Thursday, February 25th at 4:00 PM - Únase a nosotros el jueves 25 de febrero a las 4:00 PM

Pet Parade - Join us to learn about pet safety. Pet Parade - Únase a nosotros para aprender sobre la seguridad de las mascotas.

RSVP by February 20th ------ RSVP antes del 20 de Febrero

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82488407869


  • Your Parent Educator will deliver a Group Connection Activity Pack to your home before the date of the event. Su educador de padres entregará un paquete de actividades de conexión grupal en su hogar antes de la fecha del evento.

Parent Cafe' - Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month

With the help of our Director, Vickie Trotter, and our certified Infant Mental Health Consultant, Theresa Atchley parents and caregivers will engage n group discussions and have the opportunity to share their stories, their experiences, their worries, their fears, their wisdom, and find community and strength together. Spanish interpreters will be available at the sessions. When: 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/8.

Time: 6:30 PM -7:30 PM

Where: Zoom Link - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9874425015

Parents as Teachers Parent Cafe' - Nurturing Your Child

Tuesday, March 9th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

We will use this link each month: Join Zoom Meeting - Meeting ID: 987 442 5015 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9874425015

Please click the RSVP button to register.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Save the Date for upcoming Group Connections

Thursday, March 25th at 3:30 PM - Teaching children about emotions.

Jueves 25 de marzo a las 3:30 PM - Enseñando a los niños sobre las emociones.



Chop Chop Family Newsletter - Getting Your Kids Cooking During Quarantine!

How do you get kids cooking enthusiastically? First introduce them to the concept, then invite them to the kitchen and encourage them to participate (even if they may make a mess). Above all, create a fun atmosphere that will inspire curiosity and creativity. This is the approach of ChopChop Magazine—one that inspires our initiative, The Kids Cook Monday.

Time Management Tips for Parents

As parents, most of us struggle with managing our day and time. Here are a few things you can try today!

Organize Time

Make sure you have a notebook, planner, or calendar so you can write things down. The more complicated your life becomes, the less you can remember easily. You are just as likely to forget an appointment with the doctor as you are to forget buying bread while you are at the store. So, it's important to get in the habit of writing things in one place. Moreover, years of experience with parents show that if you can keep a to-do list in the same place as your calendar, you begin to learn to have a plan. The major difference between good time managers is that the successful ones make a list each day and cross things off as they go.

Research says that people think they can get ten things done each day and will put this many on their to-do-list. But in reality, parents are lucky to accomplish three tasks at the most. Whether it's getting the letter in the mailbox, getting to the store to buy milk, or doing your taxes, try to put no more than five things on the list. Be realistic!!

Set Priorities

Decide which list is the most important and call this your"A". This is called prioritizing, and you will be far more in control of your time and life if you always try to get your "A", the most important thing you have today, done! Even if you got only one thing done during the day, you go to sleep knowing that you got the most important task on your list completed.

Organize Spaces

Most of us have too much stuff! Use inexpensive bins and boxes to create a space for everything you have, from toys to books, clothes, and shoes to other miscellaneous household items. Teach your child that there is a place for everything and everything needs to be returned to the specified space after use. Label the bins. Your children will learn responsibility and accountability at the same time.

Lastly, remember to slow down, make a plan, and schedule time for fun, relaxation, or just hanging out as a family!!

*The article is taken from the Nemours Foundation/Kids health

Coronavirus Parenting: Managing Anger and Frustration

Parents everywhere are losing their temper and yelling at their kids. Click this link to learn how to maintain your cool under stress

Healthy Life Style Newsletter from Barbara Taylor - FORWARD DuPage

Parents will find many healthy strategies and activities to engage in with all members of the family.

November English Resources - Eat Smart to be Well Month

Noviembre Spanish Resources - Comer inteligentemente para estar bien

December English Resources - Healthy Eating Month

Deciembre Spanish Resources - Mes de la alimentación saludable

January English Newsletter - Sunday Supper Month

January Spanish Newsletter - Enero es el mes de la cena dominical

February English Newsletter - February is American Heart Month

February Spanish Newsletter - Febrero es el Mes Americano del Corazón


Parents as Teachers program families:

  • Receive two monthly visits with a certified Parent Educator

  • Learn about the growth and development of your baby through activities and games

  • Understand your baby’s signals and how to respond to them

  • Connect to community resources such as housing, food, furniture, childcare, employment, etc…

  • Participate in monthly group connections, set personal goals, and receive developmental screenings

  • Increase your child’s school readiness to achieve academic success

  • Receive one age-appropriate book at each visit

Children who participate in PAT:

• Are more advanced at age 3 in language, social development, and problem-solving.

• Show better school readiness at the end of kindergarten.

• Achieve higher reading and math readiness at the end of kindergarten.

DuPage Regional Office of Education Parents as Teachers Overview Video and Brochure

Please click the link below to learn more about the services our Parents as Teachers program offers to families in your community.
DROE Parents As Teachers Program Overview Video

Click to learn more about our program by viewing our PAT Program Overview Video.

DuPage Regional Office of Education PAT Brochure

Click to browse our PAT Brochure to learn more about our program.

DuPage Regional Office of Education PAT Flyer

Click to browse our PAT Flyer to learn more about our program.

What does a home visit look like?

Click here to view a brief video that shows what parents will experience during an actual home visit.


If you have a friend or family member who wants to know more about the program, please contact your Parent Educator or complete our Referral Form

Please feel free to call us for more information. 630-407-5783.