Glenbard ECC Newsletter

February 28, 2022

Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative News and Updates

A Few Words...


Our collaborative partners have been so very busy!

Some exciting news:

The CASE office staff participated in the NGI Trivia charity event. The winning prize of $2000 going to the non-profit of the winning team's choice. I am happy to report the CASE team won 1st place and $2000 for our Glenbard ECC. Thank you CASE!

In other news, we are now an "Authorized Gateways Provider" through CASE. What does that mean for GECC? It means that now, when we offer professional development opportunities, folks registered within the Gateways system will earn professional credit!!! We are so excited for what this means for providers in our community!

Enjoy the sunshine and stay well!

Best Wishes,

Jeanine Woltman

Partner Spotlight: Child and Family Connections

Partner Organization: Child and Family Connections of DuPage

Representative: Jillian Santora

Area Served: DuPage County

Who: The Child and Family Connections (CFC) office is the point of entry for the Early Intervention (EI) program in DuPage County. EI provides a variety of services for families with young children 0-3 who have developmental concerns or a development diagnosis. The program follows a parent coaching model, rooted in the principle that all families help their children learn and grow. Available services include developmental, speech, physical, and occupational therapies. Families have the option to transition into the Early Childhood program offered through their local school district once their child turns 3.

What's Been Happening: Early Intervention has always been a natural environment based program, allowing us to come to our families homes, daycare, etc. We have recently implemented Live Video Visits as another modality of service for our families.

What's New: Just this year, a new law was passed allowing the extension of Early Intervention for children with summer birthdays who are eligible for Early Childhood IEP services.

Connection to GECC : Child and Family Connections has partnered with GECC for several years. We work closely with the school districts and home visiting programs within GECC.

Where to go to learn more? or to make a referral call 331-481-4263

Developmental Screenings made EASY!!!

Check out our NEW Glenbard ECC access to the ASQ-3 and ASQ SE-2 Developmental Screenings for any children residing in the Glenbard area ages birth to 5:

Thanks to our ASQ Team who helped get it up and running!

Preschool and Childcare Provider NEEDS SURVEY

Please share this with Pre-school and Childcare providers within the Glenbard Community!

We know that since the pandemic began, the needs of providers to our youngest learners have only increased. We are looking for ways we can be of support to you and your staff. Please complete this brief needs survey by March 21st and help us to best help you in your work with young children.

Needs Survey click HERE

Glenbard ECC 2022 Spring Meeting Schedule

Glenbard ECC Core Team

Who: Members include representatives from relevant sectors including parents, school, library, home visiting, nutrition and food security, health department, childcare, community service, police. Act as a public voice for the GECC and its work. Not involved but want to be? Reach out to and let us know!

When: Thursday April 21, 2022

Time: TBD

Where: Zoom

Glenbard Full Collaborative Quarterly Meeting

Who: Includes parents and representatives from all sectors working with families of young children in the Glenbard community. Persons in this voluntary position understand that working together is necessary to achieve the common goals and strategies of the collaboration. Not involved but want to be? Reach out to or join us at our next meeting!

When: Tuesday March 1, 2022

Time: 1:30 - 3:00PM

Where: Zoom

Glenbard Parent Advisory Council

Who: The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is open to parents, grandparents and/or guardians within the Glenbard community who are committed to advancing the goals and strategies of the GECC. The Council amplifies parent and family voice, helps ensure families are represented and engaged in all aspects of GECC, and provides counsel and leadership to determine and implement GECC’s strategic priorities. PAC members should reside in the community. The GECC coordinator and team will work to ensure interpreters, transportation, childcare and other supports are available to members to reduce attendance barriers.

When: Thursday March 10, 2022

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Where: Zoom

Please reach out with any questions you might have!

Jeanine Woltman


Join our Glenbard ECC Facebook Group Today!

Join our Facebook Group today!

Birth to Five Illinois: Community Engagement Live Webinars

Following the virtual, regional kick-off events held in early February, Birth to Five Illinois will be holding Community Engagement Live Webinars on Zoom from 6-7pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between March 8 and April 5, 2022 to:

  • Meet with your community

  • Introduce our team

  • Share more about what the work of the Birth to Five Action and Family Councils will be

  • Answer questions

Visit our website to find the evening for your region's Community Engagement Live Webinar, save the date, register, and submit any questions you'd like us to answer during your region's event! Download a flier to share with your community!

Please consider completing an application to be part of the DuPage Action Council or the DuPage Family Council. These are both great ways to support our community and have your voices heard!

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Early Choices: Inclusive Education Series for Families

Free programing available to family members of young children with disabilities:


Who: Family members of young children with disabilities

What: The series includes topics that explore key ideas about inclusion in early childhood education for children ages birth through five years of age. Topics range from defining inclusion to understanding the benefits of inclusion.

How: Each session will include a topic guide, guest speakers, and resources for attendees to reflect and apply what has been learned so the experience can be personalized.

Where: All sessions will be virtual via Zoom

When: Third Thursdays, September thru April. See the 6 dates in the box and register for each one.

Whether you attend one or all, this series will support your journey towards inclusion and provide resources that support your child.

Info Below:



6:30 – 7:30PM


Implementing Inclusion and Next Steps April 21, 2022 register/event?llr=rihnojrab&oeidk =a07eifbg9cy8046f75f

Early Childhood GPS: Children’s Resilience and the Importance of Everyday Interactions

Dr. Junlei Li and Dr. Dana Winters of the Fred Rogers Center present:

"Children's Resilience and the Importance of Everyday Interactions"

Tue, Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The power of human relationships – between parents and children, teachers, and students – comes from simple, ordinary moments of interactions. However, it is by no means “simplistic.” When we recognize what a human interaction can be and can do, we can understand how each of us have opportunities to connect, reciprocate, include, and support other human beings – whether we are caregivers supporting our children, or other grown-ups. In this interactive presentation with Dr. Junlei Li and Dr. Dana Winters, Fred Rogers Center practitioners, participants will explore what’s rich and powerful about even small and brief moments of human interactions.

Junlei Li is the Saul Zaentz senior lecturer in early childhood education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research and practice focus on understanding and supporting the work of helpers – those who serve children and families on the front lines of education and social services. Li’s work is significantly influenced and inspired by the pioneering work of Fred Rogers (creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood). He previously served as the Co-Director and Professor for Early Learning and Children’s Media at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College.

As the Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Dana Winters seeks to apply and advance the legacy of Fred Rogers in serving children and their helpers. Dana supervises the Center’s research lab, Incubator 143, which partners with educators, trainers, advocates, and researchers to focus on identifying and amplifying the simple active ingredient that universally helps serve children—the power of human connection. Dana holds a Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh, a M.A. in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in sociology from Saint Vincent College.

The Fred Rogers Center web site

This event will be presented virtually. The link will be posted here when available to log in to this webinar from your computer, tablet or phone.

Sesame Street: Managing Big Feelings Toolkit

Managing Big Feelings Bundle

Unexpected (and even expected) changes can lead to big feelings for young children. Try out this multimedia resource bundle for some activities to help children notice, name, and manage big feelings.

Free Webinar Series: Reclaiming, Centering and Affirming Our Joy in Raising Black Children

Reclaiming, Centering, and Affirming Our Joy in

Raising Black Children

March 7th to May 16th, 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT

The Parenting While Black series is starting soon! Get ready to be a part of the conversations on March 7th, kicking off the series with Standing in our Black Joy and Excellence with our Children, Families, and Communities. This FREE 6-week webinar series offers a safe and welcoming space to hold conversations for and by Black families. All are welcome to join and engage in these powerful conversations!

Each webinar is 1 hour followed by a NEW 30-minute Q&A session with our parent panelists. You spoke. We listened. This series will be moderated by Eurnestine Brown, Ph.D., Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.

All webinars will have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.


Parent Nation Presents: PARENT VILLAGES

The Power of Parents to Create a Better Future for their Children!


In these Parent Village Information Sessions you will learn how to successfully host your own Parent Village and access free materials and resources to unleash the power of parents to advocate for a Parent Nation: a society that better supports parents and caregivers so that all children can thrive.

February 28, 2022 2:00-3:30pm CST
For In-Person Villages

Register for 2/28/22

March 7, 2022 2:00-3:30pm CST
For In-Person Villages

Register for 3/7/22

March 10, 2022 11:30-1:00pm CST
For Virtual Villages

Register for 3/10/22

March 14, 2022 3:00-4:30pm CST
For Virtual Villages

Register for 3/14/22


An overview of the Parent Village curriculum

Walk-through of all discussion activities

Tips for hosting a successful Parent Village

How to access all of the materials

Answers to your questions!


Where to Find Vaccines, Including Boosters & Testing

Visit or call 1-800-232-0244 to find where you, your staff, or the families you serve can get vaccinated.

Information about available testing resources, including state-supported community-based testing sites, is available at:

(Nov 2021 GOECD Newsletter)

Tri-Town Summer Camp Registration Open

Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

Sign your child(ren) up for Tri-Town YMCA's summer camp programming. Each week a new adventure will unfold and campers will have the opportunity to spend their summer season moving, exploring, and learning with us in a safe, familiar, and fun-filled environment. From outdoor activities, visits to the swimming pool, team-building games, and individual skill building, campers will surely build their confidence, develop new skills, and make lasting memories!

To hold your child's spot in summer camp, there is a $25 non-refundable deposit. Billing will begin the week prior to your camp start date. To learn more about summer camp and to register your child, click on the button in this email.

Summer Camp Information & Registration

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Winter Play Resources from Illinois Early Learning Project

Enjoy the Winter Wonderland (for those last few days of winter)

It’s February in Illinois, and regardless of whether the groundhog saw his shadow or not, there are probably still snowy days ahead. Outdoor Play: Weather or Not offers great suggestions for determining when it is safe for young children to be outside. If you do go out, our tip sheet Say Yes to the Mess! Snow Time offers ideas for incorporating learning into snow play. And if you can’t go outside, or just prefer to stay inside where it is warm, our collection of more than 100 Learning at Home Activities has enough simple ideas to keep your child engaged for days!

Birth to 3 AND Preschool Programs Conducting Screenings and Enrolling!!!

Birth to Three: our local Healthy Families program, Early Head Start Teen Parent Connection, DuPage ROE PAT and Glenbard Parents as Teachers are all currently enrolling.

Preschool: Our partner school district preschools and Head Start are all conducting screenings for kids entering preschool.

  • Marquardt D15/Head Start: Families can call (630) 784-4801 to make an appointment.
  • Queen Bee D16: Appointments needed for screenings. To set up a future screening appointment call (630)344-5600.
  • Glen Ellyn D41: Go to the district webpage and complete: Parent Information Form, Home Language Survey, ASQ questionnaire.
  • Glen Ellyn CCSD89: Contact the district for options (630)469-8900
  • Lombard D44: see attached flyer

Questions or want to learn more about these and other opportunities for families? Contact Jeanine, or the programs directly.

Queen Bee District 16 Preschool

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Lombard District 44 Preschool

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Glen Ellyn CCSD 89 Preschool

Community Consolidated School District 89 conducts developmental screening periodically during the school year for children from the age of 2 years 10 months through 5 years old.

Families are strongly encouraged to complete both of the following screening tools in order to determine needs, prior to a developmental screening appointment:

  1. The Developmental Screening Information Sheet
  2. The Ages & Stages Questionnaire, 3rd Ed. (ASQ-3) screening tool (English / Español)
  3. The Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional, 2nd Ed., (ASQ:SE-2)

The results of the screening highlight the student’s strengths and areas for growth. If additional screening appears appropriate, parents will be asked to schedule an appointment.

Appointments for developmental screening can be made by calling Briar Glen Elementary School at (630) 545-3300. The following are developmental screening dates for the 2021-22 school year:

  • August 27, 2021
  • October 29, 2021
  • January 28, 2022
  • April 29, 2022

  • Parents of children ages birth to 3 years of age, who have concerns regarding developmental delays or special needs may contact Emma-Leigh Strock, School Psychologist, at (630) 545-3522, or

For more information please access the D89 website:

MFS provides Birth to Five programing across our Community: See flyer below:

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Marquardt D15 Preschool

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Glen Ellyn D41 Preschool

The District 41 Preschool Program immerses children in a play-based, student-centered environment to maximize student learning, growth and development. Daily instruction targets all areas of development with a strong focus on literacy, math, language and social-emotional development. The classroom experience engages 3-5 year old children of all abilities, to thrive in an academic setting for a lifelong passion of learning.

If you are interested in the Preschool program, please:
1. Complete the ASQ process HERE
2. Complete the Parent Information Form

3. Complete the Home language survey

For information contact:

Mayra Rojas
Preschool Parent Teacher Coordinator

Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative


Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative* is a group of community-based partners who work with families and young children to develop and support an environment where all are safe, happy, healthy, and eager to learn.

*The Glenbard Community includes Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, and parts of Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream and Wheaton


Working together as a community to create a society that empowers young children and their families.

Podcast: Building Resilience Through Play

New Podcast Episode
The Brain Architects: Building Resilience Through Play

These days, resilience is needed more than ever, and one simple, underrecognized way of supporting healthy and resilient child development is as old as humanity itself: play. Far from frivolous, play contributes to sturdy brain architecture, the foundations of lifelong health, and the building blocks of resilience, yet its importance is often overlooked. In this podcast, we explore the role of play in supporting resilience with a panel of experts on play. Andres Bustamante, Erum Mariam, Laura Huerta Migus, Lynneth Solis, and Michael Yogman share their ideas and personal stories about applying the science of play in homes, communities, and crisis environments around the world.

Listen to the podcast

"Play allows children to deal with uncertainty ... it allows children to pivot, to adapt, to follow different paths, depending on what’s happening right in front of them ... it’s an iterative process."

--Lynneth Solis, Harvard Graduate School of Education
The Brain Architects Podcast: Building Resilience Through Play

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