Early Childhood Happenings

St Charles CUSD 303 Early Childhood Department

December 2022

This monthly publication will provide you with events and tips we think you might find useful as you raise your young child/ren. Please contact Tricia Sabathne, Child and Family Educator, with any questions or if you are looking for additional resources, information, or supports for your child or family.





St. Charles Public Library

Upcoming programs- free & no registration required. Ages 7 & under with a caregiver

  • Dec 17 Big Blue Block Party from 10 AM - 5 PM in the Hellen Gale Story Room.
  • Dec 18 Big Blue Block Party from 12 - 4 PM in the Hellen Gale Story Room.
  • Dec 23 Family LEGOS and DUPLOs from 2 - 4 PM in the Miller Haase Community Room.
  • Jan 6 Twinleaf Tales from 10-10:30 at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center.
  • Jan 11 Stories at the Nature Center from 10:30 - 11 AM at the Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

Drop-In Story Time in the Miller Haase Community Room

Jan 9 & 12 from 10-10:30 AM:

St. Charles Public Library Programs

St. Charles Park District

Starnet Family Webinars

Inclusive Education Series for Families

Join us for the Inclusive Education Series for Families. January's session focuses on Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and Inclusive Practices. What LRE is and how it is fonnected to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) will be the focus. There will be a guest speaker from an Illinois advocacy group.

Click on this link to register for the January 19 session, 6:30 - 7:30 pm via Zoom: "LRE & Inclusive Practices."

Register for each date individually (6 session series). Whether you attend all or a few, this series will support you on your journey of inclusion and provide resources for your child.

⭐FAMILIES: Working Successfully with Schools to Support Selective Mutism

January 23, 2023 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Register Here

In order for a child with Selective Mutism to have effective intervention, a team-based plan including the parent and school is necessary and vital. However, schools may not know how to support a child with Selective Mutism, and parents may not be aware of impactful advocation strategies. Dr. Aimee Kotrba will highlight the most helpful intervention strategies for use in schools, provide information about special educational plans, and provide ideas for working together as a team for the best outcomes.

Presenter: Aimee Kotrba, Ph.D.

** This event is being presented thanks to a generous grant from the TJ Maxx Foundation. No CEs will be provided for attending. **


St. Charles (Tri-City) Salvation Army

Did you know the Salvation Army St. Charles (Tri-City) Community Center has a food pantry? Eligible families receive food as well as diapers, if needed, monthly. To access the food pantry, registration is required and visits to the pantry are by appointment only.

The Salvation Army St. Charles (Tri-City) Community Center
1710 S. 7th Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone: (630) 377-2769 | Fax: (630) 377-2849

Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry & Pop Up Markets (Drive-thru model)

All Drive Thru Models. No ID or documentation needed. First come, first served while supplies last.

  • Dec 19 in Wheaton at Immigrant Solidarity, 311 S Naperville Rd, from 4 - 5:30 pm
  • Dec 21 in Aurora at Our Lady of Mercy, 701 S. Eola Rd, from 4:30 - 6 pm
  • Jan 10 in Elgin at the Old Sherman Parking Lot, 901 Center St, from 4 - 5:30 pm
  • Jan 12 in Carol Stream at Villagebrook Apartments, 278 E. St Charles Rd from 4:30 - 6 pm

Food Distributions Link

Inclusion: Meeting Special Needs

The St. Charles Park District welcomes participation in all activities by individuals with disabilities and special needs by working cooperatively with the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association. The District is committed to inclusion by providing public recreation services in the most integrated setting, providing to the maximum extent feasible for interaction between people with and without disabilities.

Did You Know?

You can receive 3 months of childcare while you look for work or attend school?

If you are employed at a childcare center or childcare home, you can receive $1 copay

There is no copay for families that are displaced?

Learn more about financial assistance

Find Childcare & Early Learning Programs Near You


Kane County Family Resource Guide

Kane County All Our Kids (AOK) Network resource guide. Includes phone numbers for crisis intervention, dental care, counseling & behavioral health, child safety, counseling & behavioral health, food & nutrition, emergency shelter, and more.

Home Visiting Services

Kane County offers free, family-focused home visiting programs that help parents guide their children to succeed in school and life. Contact kanehomevisits.org for more information.
Illinois Action Home Visiting Services

An anonymous easy to use secure website to locate Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Resources. This resource is provided in partnership with St. Charles District 303 and available to all students, parents, and staff.