Play isn’t just something children like to do because it’s enjoyable – it’s something they need to do because it’s essential to learning and their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development and well-being.
Hey All! January is human trafficking awarness month. This may not be a comfortable topic for most people to read about, but you are already here, so I think you should just keep reading… Human trafficking is an issue affecting every state, every county, and every city. In 2018, Illinois had 296 reported cases of […]
My name is Alyssa, and I am a Parent Educator and Referral Expert with the Jumpstart home visiting program at Easterseals Joliet Region, Inc. Before I started working with Jumpstart, I worked with another home visiting program in Central Illinois called Stepping Stones. My families consisted of pregnant and parenting teens who were in the […]
Greetings, Jump Start Community! My name is Tori Graham, and I am a Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Trainer and Project Manager at Erikson Institute in Chicago. The FAN Approach serves as an internal GPS; a roadmap for engaging with parents. The FAN focuses on parents’ urgent concerns and helps home visitors and clinicians tailor responses […]
By: Megan, Home Visitor, Jumpstart I have been working with teen moms since 2014, I enjoy going to work every day and seeing mom’s excitement when she shares with me that her child said their first word, took their first steps or mom got hired for the job she wanted. I get to witness the […]
Hey All! It has been a very long time. We have been in our Bradley office for 1 year and 5 months. I know this seems like a weird anniversary to be blogging on, but this is the anniversary of our Open House. So it seemed more appropriate than back in April. Today we are serving 77 […]
What is an “SLP” and what do they do for children that are birth through three years of age???? Speech language pathologists (SLPs) specialize in helping others learn to communicate and understand others when they are communicating with them. They also address feeding concerns. Not being able to communicate what you are thinking or what […]
Amy | Home Visitor | Reflective Lead The hardest job I’ve ever had is being a mom. The hours are long, the tasks are redundant, and the demands are high! It’s also the most beautiful job in the world. I can identify with so many of the parents in our program, because I am a […]
“The collaboration between Jumpstart and Joliet Township Infant Childcare Center has improved the lives of three generations of Joliet families” Easterseals Jumpstart Partnership with JTHS Infant Childcare Center Provides Support for Teens Jumpstart parent educators and the Joliet Township Infant Childcare Center work collaboratively to meet the social, emotional, and childcare needs of teenagers and […]
Read about what it is like for Desree to be a home visitor right out of college, recently earning her Bachelor of Social Work degree.