Birth to 5 Community Coalition News

February 2023

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Did you know that the Carol Stream Public Library has an amazing FREE reading program: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten that will help your child prepare for school.

Research shows that the more children under age five are read to, the more prepared they are to learn to read when they enter kindergarten. It’s easy to read 1000 books! 1 book per day for 3 years or 3 books a day for 1 year equals 1095 books!

All you need to get started is a Carol Stream Library card number. Click here to read our brochure about the program. Please visit the Youth Services Desk or call us at 630-344-6127 for more information. If you're ready to sign up, click here.

February Fun Activities

As a parent finding winter activities to keep our children engaged can be challenging. Well, look no further!!! The website Messy Little Monster is one great resource that has so many fun ideas and activities for you and your children all year round! Take a peek at the FEBRUARY art, craft and activity calendar for children of all ages.

READY ROSIE ....Singing and Dancing With Your Children

Singing and dancing are not only fun activities for children but it also is important for their development.

By singing, your child can begin to

  • understand language and sounds
  • improve their vocabulary and communication skills
  • bond emotionally and intellectually with others

When your child moves and dances, they

  • learn how their bodies can move
  • experiment with different motions
  • use different muscles
  • learn to coordinate and control their bodies

Click on picture below to access video.

FREE subscription to ReadyRosie

Singing To Baby, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Being surrounded by others, whether grownups or children, motivates your baby, toddler, or preschooler to interact and play. Singing and music goes beyond words for it offers a social experience of building connections between parent-child or child-child and improves a child's social-emotional, motor, language, and learning skills.

Here are some ways to give your baby, toddler, or preschooler the opportunities to experience singing and dancing:

  • Listen to nursery rhyme songs while playing at home or in the car
  • Sing books instead of reading them!
  • Sing nursery rhyme songs together
  • Listen to music in the car or at home
  • Combine rhythm and literacy by chanting a story
  • Sing counting songs: Learning to count is pure repetition and songs can be a great fun way to do this. Anything that encourages children to count on their fingers, while singing, will help them along the way
  • Make loud, soft or even funny voices can develop their interest in singing and dancing
  • Have fun with the rhymes by imitating animal movements, making animal sounds or you can even change the lyrics

  • Borrow CDs from the library so you can try music geared to children, such as original songs, but not limited too Raffi , Jim Gill, and SteveSongs; folk music by Pete Seeger, Ella Jenkins, and José-Luis Orozco


Metropolitan Family Services

Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal and to thrive. Founded as the Chicago Relief and Aid Society, our organization has helped families get through the devastating hardships of poverty, world wars, epidemics and natural disasters.

We help children in the CCSD93 community by providing and mobilizing the community services needed to strengthen families and communities. Programs include

  • Community Schools
  • Early Childhood Collaboration
  • Early Learning Home Visiting Programs
  • Empowering Families Initiative
  • Head Start and Early Head Start
  • MOMs Plus
  • Parent Empowerment Project
  • Parenting Fundamentals
  • Pre-School Expansion
  • Project STRIVE
  • School-Based Services
  • Integrated Health Services
  • Screening Assessment and Support Services (SASS)
  • Youth Intervention
  • Adult Mental Health
  • Behavioral Health
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Program
  • Upward Bound
  • Domestic Violence Clinical Services
  • Domestic Violence Court Advocacy
  • Legal Aid
  • Counseling Services
  • Extended Family Support
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family Self-Sufficiency
  • Family Works
  • STEP UP in Healthcare
  • Supportive Housing Initiative for Families in Transition (S.H.I.F.T)
  • The Gerst Family Young Fathers Program
  • Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Families can find us at

222 East Willow Avenue
Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Phone: 630-784-4800


Metropolitan Family Services

Teen Parent Connection

Teen Parent Connection serves the community through education on the realities and responsibilities of teenage pregnancy and through long-term assistance to adolescent parents for their development of self-esteem, parenting skills, and empowerment towards self-sufficiency.

We helps children in the CCSD93 community by delivering education, support, and resources to adolescent parents and their children in DuPage County, Illinois. Our primary goal is to provide services that will prevent child abuse and neglect among this at-risk population. Programs include


Healthy Families

Young Parent Groups

Parents’ Pantry


Families can find us at

475 Taft Avenue

Glen Ellyn, Il 60137

Phone: (630) 790-8433



Teen Parent Connection

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

WDSRA brings engaging community-based social & recreational programs for individuals of all ages with special needs. Designed similar to traditional park district programs, there are programs that focus on competitive and recreational athletics, Special Olympics, adaptive sports, music, dance, art, theater, social clubs, camps, trips, special events and more!

We help children in the CCSD93 community by providing assistance to any individual with a disability who registers for a park district program from any of our member districts. Assistance varies depending on individual needs and can range from adapting materials to sending support staff. There is NO ADDITIONAL COST for participants to receive inclusion services.

Families can find us at

116 N. Schmale Road
Carol Stream, IL 60188-2103

Phone: 630-681-0962

Fax: 630-681-1262





Play And Learn With Me from Birth To 3!

FREE monthly playdates and networking opportunities for children birth to 3 and their grownups at CCSD93's Early Childhood Center!

Next playdates are 3-8, 4-12, 5-10

Please visit to register!

Please bring photo ID with you to the playgroup.

READY ROSIE ...FREE Subscription!

YOU are your child's first teacher, so CCSD93 Birth to 5 Community Coalition is pleased to provide you with a FREE subscription to ReadyRosie. ReadyRosie is a family engagement and early learning on-line resource that emails daily activities to you. The activities are simple, take about two minutes, and help prepare children for success in school.

Have A Child Between The Ages of 2 and 5?

Please contact the CCSD93's Early Childhood Center (630-307-3750) at any time to discuss how we can work together to support your children and your family.

We can:

  • monitor your infant or toddler’s growth and development in your own home

  • answer your questions about available birth to 3 screenings and 3 to 5 year old preschool screenings

  • answer questions about development and available resources

  • share upcoming coalition events and support groups

Additionally, you can access additional free developmental screenings and evaluations for children birth through age 5 at Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley through their Pediatric Health Equity Initiative.

What is the CCSD93 Birth to 5 Community Coalition?

As a Birth to 5 Community Coalition, Community Consolidated School District 93 (CCSD93) , in partnership with many community agencies and businesses, strive to work with children and families from birth to five to improve each child's school readiness. We focus on the needs of the “whole child”. To that end, our coalition partners work together to identify the supports and services available in our community that speak to a child’s needs or the needs as a family. Priority is given to families who may experience barriers related to language, income level, limited or low level literacy skills, limited access to transportation, or unfamiliarity with processes related to accessing social/community services. I

If you would like to learn more about the Coalition or our outreach events, please feel free to call us, visit our website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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