Birth to 5 Community Coalition News

April 2023

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#joeystrong Update:

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the families who came to support Joey and his family last week. Below are links to the news coverage that took place to support raising awareness.

We had two small hits on CBS at 5 and 6 p.m. yesterday and a larger piece at 10 p.m.

The Daily Herald:

Joey is in week 6 receiving treatment 3 of 11. This week Joey will receive chemo everyday for 5 days with post hydration for 22 hours. He is surrounded by his family with love and support. We continue to ask for your prayers at this time.

With your support, we have raised almost $8,500 to help the family. Thank you all for purchasing and donating!

#FightLikeJoey #thisischildhoodcancer #morethan4 #relapse

April Fun Activities

Look no further for some amazing spring activities to keep children engaged and busy! The website Messy Little Monster is one great resource that has so many fun spring ideas and activities for you and your children all year round! Take a peek at the April art, craft and activity calendar for children of all ages.

READY ROSIE ......Screen Time for Young Children

Children learn by interacting with the world around them. They need to run, jump, and climb and have time to be creative, figure things out, and use their imaginations through play.

Time spent with screens (like a TV, tablet, or smartphone) can help reinforce learning when educational programs, games, and apps are chosen. However, too much screen time can adversely impact learning, sleep, and behavior. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends limiting the time children spend in front of a technology. For parents, this can be really challenging in today's digital world! Whether they are phones, computers, tablets, or TV's, with bright pictures and interesting beeps and noises they impact us all. It can be difficult to keep children away from theses devices. Parents often ask how technology impacts development of babies, toddlers, and/or preschoolers and how much screen time is appropriate.

American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use, except for video chatting, by children younger than 18 months. They also recommend parents setting limits on how much time their children spend on screens.

REMEMBER ........

  • Children learn most from real world experiences: Children learn by exploring, using whole body and all senses. Help your child connect what he/she sees by pointing out and name objects in real life that may be seen on other media tools.

  • Connect with your child and be present: Remember to be present and available to your child. It is very easy for children to feel left out or unimportant when their grownup is always looking down at a screen. Such a message is not what we intend to give our children, but it does happen. The take-away is to try and shut off or silence your phone when you can. Use that time to connect with your child and experience the world together.

If you use technology, remember to .....

  • Set a good example: Remember to be a good model for screen use. Model turning off screens and other devices when not using them, minimize them in the background, and and turn off devices during family and/or child time.

  • Be with young children during screen time and interact with them: Play an educational game with your child or talk about something you see together in an age-appropriate TV show or video.

  • Research /preview games and apps before using: Many apps and games claim to be educational, but are not. Research online to see which games/apps are consider the best and preview before use.

  • Seek out interactive options: Look for options that engage your child, rather than those that just require pushing and swiping or staring at the screen

  • Parental controls: Use parental controls to block or filter internet content that is not age appropriate

  • Schedule non-screen time into your child's day. Playtime is important for learning and building creativity. Children should have time to play away from screens daily. Schedule time for hands-on learning and interacting with grownups.

  • Keep bedtime, meals and family time screen free: Family time is important! Remember to be present and engage with your child during these special times.

Click on picture below to access video.

FREE subscription to ReadyRosie

Tips For Tech: How Much Screen Time

Tips For Tech: Modeling Media Use At Home

Tips For Tech: Setting Limits


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.

Play And Learn With Me from Birth To 3!

Please join us for our last two monthly playdates and networking opportunities for children birth to 3 and their grownups! Please visit

Our last two playgroups are on April 12th and May 10th.

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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