Early Childhood Happenings

St Charles CUSD 303 Early Childhood Department

November 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.




Can a game of peek-a-boo change the world?

"What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?" asks seven-year-old Molly Wright. Watch to hear strategies you can use with young children in your life (subtitles available).

Video length: 7:42

Molly Wright: How every child can thrive by five | TED


St. Charles Public Library

Upcoming programs- free & no registration required

  • Nov 9 Stories at the Nature Center from 10:30 - 11 AM at LeRoy Oakes Nature Center. After the program, explore the Nature Center and walk the trails. Cosponsored with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County.
  • Nov 20 Big Blue Block Party from 12- 4 PM in the Helen Gale Story Room
  • Nov 29 Dinosaur Meat and Greet from 11 - 11:30 AM
  • Drop-In Story Time in the Miller Haase Community Room

Nov 7, 10, 14, 17 & 26 from 10-10:30 AM:

Nov 4 & 18 from 4 - 4:30 PM

St. Charles Public Library Programs

An Almost Winter Day

*SEBA park is at 151 Water Street in South Elgin.

Starnet Family Webinars

FAMILIES! Understanding Exposures and Extinction Learning in Selective Mutism

November 9, 2022

6:30 - 8 PM via Zoom

When working with your child with selective mutism, it may help to understand the extinction

learning process behind doing speaking exposures in order to understand how to maximize

extinction learning and keep the new learning accessible for your child’s continued growth and

generalization of speaking across people, places, and activities. Presenter: Dr. Carmen Lynas

** This event is being presented thanks to a generous grant from the TJ Maxx Foundation.**

Register here.

FAMILIES! Transforming Aggressive Behaviors [CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE]

December 5, 2022

6:30 - 8 PM via Zoom

There is a way to change children’s behaviors, including for those with diverse needs and abilities. Children must be both “willing” to learn how to behave and must know the “skills” of how to successfully interact with others. In this workshop you will gain a toolbox of skills necessary to identify, meet, and manage those most challenging behaviors in any child. Presenter: Jill Molli
Register here.

Inclusive Education Series for Families

Join us for the Inclusive Education Series for Families. November's session focuses on building relationships to support inclusive practices. There will be a guest speaker from the field of early care and education. The series will highlight content from the Understanding Inclusion modules Early CHOICES and EITP have created with families for families.

Click on this link to register for the Nov 10 session, 6:30 - 7:30 pm via Zoom: "Building Relationships".

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.


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. The center is also currently accepting applications for families to be supported through the Christmas program which provides gifts for children ages 17 and under.

To access the food pantry, registration is required and visits to the pantry are by appointment only.

To be considered for the Christmas program, schedule an appointment to complete an application and provide documentation including:

  • Utility bill for Batavia, Geneva, or St. Charles
  • Personal Identification
  • Income verification (30 days of paystubs)
  • Birth certificates for each child 17 years of age and younger

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.

  • Nov 5 in Elgin at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr, from 9 - 11 am POP UP
  • Nov 8 in Batavia at Batavia Apartments, 1259 E Wilson St from 5 - 6:30 PM
  • Nov 15 in Elgin at the Old Sherman Parking Lot, 901 Center St, from 4 - 5:30 pm
  • Nov 16 in Aurora at Our Lady of Mercy, 701 S. Eola Rd, from 4:30 - 6 pm
  • Nov 28 in Wheaton at Immigrant Solidarity, 311 S Naperville Rd, from 4 - 5:30 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.