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For expectant moms and families of children birth to 5 years old

One-on-One Home Visits

Child Activities and Playgroups

Fun Family Nights

Developmental Screenings

Referrals to Additional Resources

who we are

igrow connects families to resources that build strong foundations for education, strengthen family connections in the home, and grow healthy relationships in the community.

Through partnerships with enthusiastic and hard-working professionals, families can foster trusting and caring relationships between parents and children, families and community members.

igrow helps educate parents, parents educate their children, and children get a great start on life.


how it works

igrow pairs families with a home-visitor based on each family’s needs and schedules. Our home visitors work with parents on practical parenting skills as well as family bonding before birth and as children grow up.

Home visitors can:

  • Serve as the family’s main point of contact.
  • Ease the anxiety that every parent feels.
  • Answer questions about feeding and sleeping habits.
  • Help you understand your child’s personality.
  • Provide parenting tips that match your child’s needs.
  • Watch for developmental milestones.
  • Show you activities to help your child develop and grow.
  • Connect you to other community services.

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get more info

Pershing Early Learning Center
2912 N. University
Decatur, IL 62526
217-876-8329
www.dps61.org

Macon Resources - Bright Start
1811 S. Taylor Road
Decatur, IL 62526
217-330-6454
maconresources.org/children-services/bright-start

Healthy Families of Illinois - Macon County Health Department
1221 E. Condit St.
Decatur, IL 62521
217-423-6988
www.healthyfamiliesamerica.org



contact

Address:
1221 E. Condit St.
Decatur, IL 62521

Office Phone:
217.423.6988 ext. 1140

E-mail:
info@igrowmaconcounty.org

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/igrowMaconCounty


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April 6, 2016

Child abuse prevention month began with a presidential proclamation in 1984. Since that time, many Americans have come together to raise awareness and speak out about this heinous act. Every child deserves to live a happy, healthy and violence free life; however, this is unfortunately not the case for many children. According to the National Children’s Alliance, 1,520 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States in 2013. They also reported that in 2014, 315,000 children were victims of abuse.

This April, I encourage you to get involved and help join the campaign to end child abuse. Many communities plant pinwheels, host fund raisers and hold family events to raise awareness about ending child abuse. If you are interested in how you can participate in Macon County, please head over to the CASA website, http://maconcountycasa.org/. This fantastic organization is currently raffling off two, custom built playhouses. These fabulous playhouses are on display at Hickory Point Mall. You can purchase raffle tickets either at the mall or from any of the listed locations found on the CASA website. Hurry though, because the drawing takes place on April 30th! “The annual playhouse raffle is held in April to coincide with Child Abuse Prevention Month to help benefit the abused and neglected children in Macon County, Illinois (http://maconcountycasa.org/)”.

 

http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/media-room/media-kit/national-statistics-child-abuse

 

 

 


March 28, 2016

Here are some links to a few awesome meal plans. Some are focused on healthy eating, some on budget cooking, and a few on meals for the kiddos. Bon appétit!!!

 

Budget Meal Plan: $50, 5 Meals, 4 People

http://www.cookinglight.com/food/everyday-menus/budget-meal-plan

 Budget Meal Planning: Kid-friendly dinners

http://www.allyou.com/food/one-list-five-meals/1-list-5-meals-week-14

Budget Meal Plan: 7 Days of Breakfasts, Lunches & Dinners

http://www.cooksmarts.com/articles/free-budget-meal-plan/

Real Food Meal Plan For the Broke

http://wegotreal.com/real-food-meal-plan-broke/

$50 Weekly Menus

http://www.grocerybudget101.com/cheapeats/50-weekly-menus-8/

ALDI Meal Plan: 7 Dinners for Less than $50

http://www.queenoffree.net/2015/04/aldi-meal-plan-7-dinners-for-less-than-50/

Free Meal Plans

http://www.livinglocurto.com/weekly-meal-plans/

meal planning apps:

http://lifehacker.com/five-best-meal-planning-apps-1533809184

Great meal planning templates:

http://organizedhome.com/printable/household-notebook/weekly-menu-planner-shopping-list


March 23, 2016

Healthy Shopping/Cooking on a budget

 Do you ever find yourself heading to the grocery store multiple times during the week because you forgot to grab something? Or how about those times you come home from the store only to realize that not only did you spend way too much, but you spent way too much on junk food. I mean really, how many boxes of pop tarts does one family need? If you have ever found yourself in these situations or if you just want a way to curb grocery spending then you may find these tips worthwhile.

A good tip to live by when shopping on a budget is to follow the 3 P’s…Plan, Purchase & Prepare!

Tip 1: Plan

  1. Before making your shopping list look in your freezer, cabinets and refrigerator and make a list of all the items you have. You can keep this as a running list, crossing out or adding to it when you use or buy items.
  2. Plan out meals for the week & figure out what items you will need to buy. If a meal involves using an expensive item, think of ways you can stretch that meal out by incorporating it into other meals like stir-fry’s or casseroles for later in the week. Also, think about your schedule. If your Wednesdays and Fridays are busy make sure you plan for simple, easy meals for those days.
  3. Use your meal plan to create a grocery list. Remember to include healthy foods like lean meats, fresh vegetables and fruits…For a free template of a grocery list check out,  Create a Grocery Game Plan: Grocery List.

 Tip 2: Purchase

  1. When you go to the store make sure that you have already eaten. People tend to spend more when they shop on an empty stomach.
  2. Stick to your list!
  3. Choose store brands unless an item is on sale. Store brands are just as good and tend to run a bit cheaper.
  4. Choose fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season. Good low‐cost items available all year include: Protein — beans (garbanzo, black, cannellini)   Vegetables — carrots, greens, potatoes Fruit — apples, bananas
  5. When you have time, prepare meals in advance. You can even double or triple recipes to freeze for a quick meal down the road.
  6. If you buy fruits and veggies in bulk you can cut them up and freeze those too!
  7. For leftovers, try and incorporate them into a meal.

Tip 3: Prepare

  1. When you have time, prepare meals in advance. You can even double or triple recipes to freeze for a quick meal down the road.
  2. If you buy fruits and veggies in bulk you can cut them up and freeze those too!
  3. For leftovers, try and incorporate them into a meal.

These tips may help you not only save some money, but it will also help you to start thinking about different ways to incorporate healthy foods into your diet.

 

Stay tuned for some great meal plans…

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/budget-create-grocery-game-plan



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Area Play Groups & Classes for Families

Pershing Early Learning Center:

  • Kinder Musik
    • Fun music time and parent child bonding for ages 0 to 5.
    • 1st Tuesday of the month from 10-11:30.
    • Located at 1900 E Cleveland Ave, Decatur, IL 62521.
    • Call (217) 876-8327 for more information
    • Free for all families.
  • Play to Learn Group
    • Fun activities including parachutes, sensory tables, & parent/child interactive games.
    • 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10-11:30.
    • Located at 2912 N University Ave, Decatur, IL 62526 Call (217) 876-8327 for more information
    • Free for all families

 

Bright Start:

  • Macon: Meets at the “South Macon Public Library” every Monday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Blue Mound: Meets at the “Blue Mound First Christian Church” every Tues. from 10:45-11:45 a.m.
  • Warrensburg: Meets every Wed. at the “Warrensburg Elementary School” from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • New Life Pregnancy Center: Meets every 1st and 3rd Wed. of each month from 10:00-10:45 a.m.

 

Baby Talk:

  • Lapsits
    • Baby TALK staff hosts Lapsits at community sites including the library and schools. Parents and children interact with each other around a theme, including books and activities. The focus is on parent-child interaction. Check out he calendar for times and places.
  • Come Sign with Me
    • Babies 6 months — 2 years will learn to utilize “sign language” to communicate with their parents and caregivers before they are able to communicate through verbal speech.
    • 5 week class for children 6 months to 2 yrs.
    • Monday evening classes 6:00 pm.
    • Registration is $45
  • Kindermusik
    • Fun filled activities include: singing, movement, instrument play, hearing sounds and pitches, rhythm experiences, and making new friends! Take home materials include: High quality CD enjoyed by family, picture book and activity book.
  • Kindermusik Village
    • Sept 10th-Dec 3rd 10:30am or 6:30pm classes (Thursday classes)
    • 8 week class for children birth to 18 months
    • Registration is $95
  • Kindermusik Our Time
    • Sept 10th-Dec 3rd 10:30am or 6:30pm classes (Thursday Classes)
    • 12 week class for babies 18 months to 3 1/2 years
    • Registration is $155


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