Adult Education / Parenting Classes

1942 E. Cantrell St.
Decatur, IL

Counseling, case management for children, adolescents, and their families. Services provided in homes or office and tailored to meet family’s needs.

500 E. Lake Shore Drive Decatur, IL

Lapsits: Parents and children interact with each other around a theme, including books and activities. The focus is on parent-child interaction and literacy. Lapsits are free and are held in public libraries and schools. Call or check the website for locations and times.

Baby Talk Times: Small parent-child groups are held for families with children birth to three to share parent questions and concerns, to celebrate babies’ achievements, and to have fun with books, toys, songs, and fingerplays. Call or check the website for locations and times for this free program.

Community Based Family Support: Parents receive encouragement and support in raising their children through personalized family visits, developmental screenings, parent-child groups and developmental information.
340 W. William St. Decatur, IL

STEPS Early Intervention: Children receive Early Intervention services in an early childhood interdisciplinary classroom setting.

Family Literacy: Families receive a comprehensive educational experience including GED or ESL classes, child education, parent education, parent-child interaction, personal encounters and library visits.

Phoenix II: Pregnant and parenting mothers enrolled in District 61 are eligible to attend alternative education at Baby TALK Central Programming. Child education is provided while mothers earn academic credits.

Pre-K: A state funded preschool program is offered for children ages 3 to 5 years of age.

2121 Hubbard Ave
Decatur, IL

Bright Start provides research based information, support and encouragement to families with children birth to 5 years in Macon County. Parent educators partner with parents and caregivers to realize their role as their child’s first and most influential teacher during the crucial years of birth to five. All children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential. Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant (MIECHV). Services are at no cost to the parent. Services include: individualized home visits, parent groups, parent/child groups, developmental screenings, lending library, transportation, and referrals to community services.

Call 217-875-8842 or 217-872-5305.

Martin Luther King Senior Center
921 N. Jasper
Decatur, IL

The purpose of the Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation is to prepare their customers to enter the economic mainstream of society by providing the skills, opportunities, advocacy, and services needed to become self-sufficient.. They have the Anna Waters Head Start Program, various community services programs, an energy assistance Program, a senior services program, housing and emergency services program, training and education programs, and a weatherization program. Call for more information or visit their website.

Early Childhood Education – 217-423-2268 (Anna Waters Head Start)
2201 E. Prairie Ave.
Decatur, IL

DOVE has several programs including: a Children’s Clothing Room, a Domestic Violence Program, BABES, various Community Services, Homeward Bound, MAX & DAX, various Outreach programs, a Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a Community Recycling Center, and various other projects. Call for more information or visit their website.

217-423-2238 (emergency number)
1221 E. Condit St.
Decatur, IL

This program assists expectant families, infants, and/or young children with obtaining the health care services they may need to have a healthy pregnancy and promote the child’s healthy development. This process occurs through assessment and referral.

217-423-6988 ext. 1343
1942 E. Cantrell
Decatur, IL

Intensive service to families whose children have experience abuse or neglect. Services begin within 24 hours and agency staff available 24 hours.

1221 E. Condit Street
Decatur, IL

The Healthy Families Illinois (HFI) program is a home visitation program that works with expectant and first-time parents. Through intensive home visiting, HFI works to strengthen the parent/child relationship, promote positive parenting, and healthy child growth and development. Home visitors provide information on child growth, development, and safety. The program also assists parents in identifying/meeting their own educational/employment goals.

Provides breastfeeding information and support for breastfeeding mothers. Offers a lending library, 24-hour phone counseling service, and booklets on nursing and nursing problems. Call for meetings times.
1698 East Pershing Road
Decatur, IL

24 hour Helpline, free STI testing, free pregnancy tests, pregnancy confirmation by physician exam and ultrasound, on-going support through pregnancy, information on pregnancy options, professional counseling, post-abortion counseling, miscarriage and adoption support, one-on-one mentoring and referrals for prenatal care, referrals to legal aid, referrals to medical card information, and an adoption liaison.


BEST Program: Earn coupons by attending Parenting and Educational classes. Coupons are redeemable at New Life Pregnancy Center for baby clothing (0-5T), diapers, infant furniture, etc.

SEX ESTEEM: Abstinence only educational presentations for schools, churches, community groups, and parents.

All services are free and confidential.

217-872-5555 (Helpline)
1990 N. Water Street
Decatur, IL

Offers free assessments to identify the effects of violence on children. Provides information and referrals to services available in Macon County. Offers therapeutic services to children who have been seriously affected by violence and provides information on healthy parenting skills. They also provide case management and therapy sessions to children and their families. Provides community and violence education.