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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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blog

May 27, 2015

Now that summer is quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking of what to fill your child’s days with.  Research has shown that students often fall behind in math and reading over the summer months. So it’s important to keep practicing these skills with your children over the summer.  Even just practicing flash cards with them can help their minds stay sharp for the next school year. Trying to get children to read can sometimes be a challenging task. Here are some small things you can do to encourage reading over the summer. The Decatur Public Library has a summer reading program that rewards kids for reading. It starts on Monday, June 1st. The program is a really fun way to get your kids interested in reading and it rewards them with fun things that you can do together over the summer. There are several fun and educational summer projects you can try from your own home. Click here for 10 easy backyard experiments to try with your child. Trying any or all of these things over the summer can help keep up with your child’s education over the summer break. We hope everyone has a fun and educational summer!


March 6, 2015

Eating healthy is essential to your child’s growth and development. It is important that you as their parent prepare regular eating patterns in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes, following a healthy diet can be expensive. However; the United States Department of Agriculture has provided a link for helpful tips when eating healthy and shopping on a budget. Parents can turn eating healthy into fun activities to do with their children. Whether it be making their lunch in the morning, cooking breakfast, or even helping with dinner; that one-on-one time will be used as an example of what is healthy for your body. Click here to find out more information on nutrition and what your child needs to be healthy.


February 17, 2015

Kindergarten is just around the corner! As your child is growing and becoming wiser, it is your job as the parent to help prepare them for their adventurous learning journey ahead. Here you will find several hints, tips and activities to do with your child at home to make sure they are prepared and ready to learn  in a classroom setting. Before entering the classroom, your child must have all exams and physicals completed by a doctor for safety purposes. The Education Coalition of Macon County provides a checklist that can be used as a health guideline for the preparation of your child entering kindergarten. After completing all medical requests, finding the perfect school for your child is the next step in making their learning journey special. The kindergarten readiness checklist also provides a list of local schools which can help make the right decision on where to send  your little one. From the provided sources, your child should be all ready for their big day!



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Playgroup: Warrensburg-Latham
      Warrensburg-Latham Preschool
      2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 9:30am-11:30am
      430 W. North Street, Warrensburg, IL 62573
Playgroup: Blue Mound
      First Christian Church
      Every Tuesday, 10:45am-11:45am
      100 S Lewis St, Blue Mound, IL 62513
Playgroup: Macon
      Meridian Intermediate School
      Every Friday, 10:30am-11:30am
      100 S. Lincoln Street, Blue Mound, IL 62513
Playgroup: Decatur
      New Life Pregnancy Center
      1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10am-10:45am
      1698 E Pershing Rd, Decatur, IL 62526
Playgroup: Bright Start
      Macon Resources
      Every Thursday, 10am-11am
      2121 Hubbard Ave, Decatur, IL 62526
Only for families enrolled in Bright Start
Playgroup: Pershing Early Learning Center
      Wabash Crossing
      Every Wednesday, 10am-11:30am
      2912 N. University, Decatur, IL 62526
Playgroup: Pershing Early Learning Center
      Pershing Early Learning Cetner
      Every Tuesday, 10am-11:30am, 1:30pm-3pm
      2912 N. University, Decatur, IL 62526
Playgroup: Pershing Early Learning Center
      Pershing Early Learning Center
      Every Thursday, 1:30pm-3pm
      2912 N. University, Decatur, IL 62526


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