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.


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: 2nd Tuesday of the month:

7/13/2021. 8/10/2021, 9/14, 2021. 10/12/2021, 11/9/2021, 12/14/2021, 1/11/2022, 2/8/2022, 3/8/2022, 4/12, 2022, 5/10/2022, 6/14/2022.

Time: 6:30 PM -7:30 PM

Where: Zoom Link - Coming Soon!!

Playing Together! Join us as we learn about living a health lifestyle by having fun with the entire family! ¡Jugando juntos! ¡Únase a nosotros mientras aprendemos sobre cómo vivir un estilo de vida saludable al divertirnos con toda la familia!

Tuesday, July 27th at 6:00- PM - Martes 27 de julio a las 6: 00- PM

English Speaking Families: Tuesday, July 27th at 6:00- PM


Familias de habla inglesa: Martes 27 de julio a las 6:00- PM


RSVP by July 20th ------ RSVP antes del 20 de Julio


  • 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.


Coping with Sleep Challenges: Birth to 3 Months

Nurture good sleep habits in your child by helping them learn how to fall asleep (and fall back to sleep) beginning from the earliest months of life.

Learning to fall asleep—and stay asleep—are skills that your child will use his whole life. Using the following are strategies can help you nurture good sleeping habits in your baby or toddler right from the start.

To Think About

No two children or families are alike. Thinking about the questions below can help you apply this information to your own child:

  • Have you noticed any trends or patterns in your child’s sleep challenges? If so, what are they? How might this information help?
  • What have you tried in responding to your child’s sleep challenges? What has worked? What hasn’t worked? Why do you think that might be?

What You Can Do to Nurture Healthy Sleep Habits

Read below about ways to help your child learn to fall asleep (and fall back to sleep) beginning from the earliest months of life.

Keep it routine.

Loving, relaxing bedtime routines help babies learn when it’s time to go to sleep. Having a bedtime routine means doing the same thing—as much as possible—every time you put your baby down to sleep. Families will have different routines based on their culture and the needs of their individual children.

Read the signs.

Watch for the ways your baby lets you know he is tired. Yawning is the most obvious hint, but there are others, too. Your baby may have a certain sleepy cry, may pull on his ear, rub his eyes, or be fussy. Or he may have that far-off stare in his eyes. When you see these signs, slow things down and start your bedtime routine.

Consider what’s going on in your child’s life.

There are situations and events that can lead to or worsen sleep problems, for example, a separation from a parent, a new sibling, a new caregiver, etc. Even exciting milestones, like learning a new skill (such as walking) can temporarily disrupt your child’s sleep. When this happens, be patient and consistent, and try to maintain your bedtime routine. With time and patience, your child’s sleep will likely get back on track.

Put baby to sleep, awake.

Beginning at around 4 months of age, you can help your baby learn to fall asleep on her own by putting her down to sleep when she is drowsy but not asleep. Learning to fall asleep on her own also helps her get herself back to sleep when she awakens in the middle of the night. When you rock your baby to sleep, rub her back, or feed her until she falls asleep, she may have trouble putting herself back to sleep when she wakens at night.

Take into account your child’s temperament.

Different babies develop “self-soothing” skills at different rates and in different ways. The more reactive or intense your baby is, the more challenging it may be for him to soothe himself. These babies often need more help to be calmed.

Plan for protests.

As your child learns to fall asleep on her own, she may cry or protest. This is very common, since it is a big change for her. So it’s important to have a plan for how to respond when she cries out for you. For example, you might want to peek your head in every few minutes. Or you may decide not to go in at all after you put her down (unless, of course, you think something is wrong). Some parents choose this approach because going in and out can excite the baby and even upset her more. Think through these options, talk about them with your partner, and decide together how you want to respond. This helps you feel more prepared to follow through on your plan.

Be consistent.

Time and patience are needed when teaching your child any new skill. Consistency helps children learn what to expect. If you change your response from night to night, it is confusing and makes it harder for your baby to adapt. When you are consistent with your response, it helps your baby learn new bedtime skills more quickly.

Love the “lovey”.

For children over age 1, a “lovey" (such as a treasured stuffed animal or soft blanket) can be an important part of a child’s bedtime routine. If you choose to use a “lovey”, it can ease the separation that some children feel when their parents leave the room at night.

Turn off the TV.

Watching television together doesn’t often work well as a bedtime routine. Television shows are often noisy and stimulating which makes it hard for children to wind down. Also, even though children are sitting near their parents while they watch TV, it’s not the same as having one-on-one attention during a bedtime story.

*The article is taken from the Zerotothree.org/resources


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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.