Early Childhood Happenings

St Charles CUSD 303 Early Childhood Department

October 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.




#WHUTtv presents - Parenting Minutes | HAVING FUN WITH WORDS (in English)


St. Charles Public Library

St. Charles Public Library

Upcoming programs- free & no registration required

  • Oct 12: Stories at the Nature Center from 10:30 - 11 am at Creek Bend Nature Center (Le Roy Oakes Forest Preserve). All ages; Cosponsored with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County
  • Oct 14: It's Fall Y'all! from 10 am - 12 pm at the St. Charles Public Library. Drop by the Library for some Fall-themed activities just for little ones 5 and under.
  • Oct 31: Trick or Treat Parade from 10:30 - 11:15 am at the St. Charles Public Library
  • Nov 4 Twinleaf Tales from 10 - 10:30 am at Hickory Knolls Discovery enter. Enjoy nature-inspired stories, music, and movement at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center. Co-sponsored with the St. Charles Park District. All ages with a caregiver.
  • Drop-In Story Time in the Miller Haase Community Room

Mondays 10-10:30 AM

Thursdays 10-10:30 AM

Fridays 4-4:30 PM

St. Charles Public Library Programs

St. Charles Park District

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Anatomy of a Meltdown

Oct 18 from 7 - 8:30 PM

Presenter Jennifer Rosinia

Register Today!

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

It’s easy to get overwhelmed, frustrated and even angry when a child is having a meltdown. This experience is hard for both the person having the meltdown, as well as for anyone present at the time. We will begin this workshop with a review of the stress response system and sensory processing. Building on this information, participants will learn what happens to the body when feeling overwhelmed, under attack, hijacked and helpless. Three distinct stages of a meltdown will be described and discussed beginning with the identification of some triggers, signs and symptoms that may indicate a meltdown is starting. Appropriate prevention and intervention strategies at each stage will be provided and discussed. By understanding the anatomy of a meltdown everyone who cares for children of varying abilities with these types of challenges will be better equipped to offer help and support during these difficult times.

Inclusive Education Series for Families

Click on this link to register for the Oct 20 session, 6:30 - 7:30 pm via Zoom: "Understanding Inclusion".

Join us for this kick off to the Inclusive Education Series for Families. We will focus on understanding inclusion by defining inclusion, the benefits and how important inclusion can be in the life of a young child. We will have a special guest self advocate share their experience with inclusion and their perspective. The series will highlight content from the Understanding Inclusion modules Early CHOICES and EITP have created with families for families.

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.


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.

  • Oct 8 in Elgin at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr, from 9 - 11 am POP UP
  • Oct 8 in Elgin at St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church, 36W957 Highland Ave, from 10 - 11:30 am
  • Oct 13 in Aurora at McDonald's, 1023 N Lake St, from 10-11:30 am
  • Oct 17 in Wheaton at Immigrant Solidarity, 311 S Naperville Rd, from 4 - 5:30 pm
  • Oct 18 in Elgin at the Old Sherman Parking Lot, 901 Center St, from 4 - 5:30 pm
  • Oct 19 in Aurora at Our Lady of Mercy, 701 S. Eola Rd, from 4:30 - 6 pm
  • Oct 29 in Carptenersville at St. Monica Church, 90 N Kennedy Dr, from 10:30 am - 12 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.