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Birth to School Program

Welcome! Birth to School (BtS) is a CPCSC program designed to support caregivers and their children ages birth-5 who live in our school district. We hope you'll join us this year!

Two-Parts to our Program

All Birth to School programs are free. To sign up, please visit one of the program pages below.

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The majority of Birth to School programs are available to families who live in the Timothy Ball, MacArthur, or Solon Elementary boundaries. These programs are for children ages 0-5 years. 

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Our Kindergarten Readiness program is available to ANY family with a child who will enter Kindergarten next year and lives in the boundaries of any CPCSC elementary school.

Our Programs

  • Infants and Toddlers "Baby" (ages 0-2): A 45-minute program for children ages 0-2 along with their caregivers. Fun developmental activities are provided that encourage sensory exploration and early learning in a safe environment.
  • Preschoolers "Mini" (ages 3-5):  A 75-minute program for children ages 3-5 along with their caregivers. This time includes story/circle time, various learning stations, and art activities.
  • Learn Through Play (previously "playgroup) (ages 0-5): An evening program for children ages 0-5 along with their caregivers. This extended-time (120-minutes) group allows families to “come when you can; leave when you need to” and participate in developmentally appropriate & thematic activity stations, which provide a variety of hands-on learning experiences through play.
  • Music and Movement (ages 0-5): A 45- minute program for children ages 0-2 ("Baby") along with their caregivers and a 60-minute program for children ages 3-5 ("Mini") along with their caregivers, bi-monthly. This time includes singing, dancing, and playing instruments as well as movement activities that build fine and gross motor skills, encourage listening, and help develop turn-taking and social skills.
  • Caregiver Café (ages0-5):  A 60-minute time for caregivers to unwind with a snack and chat with other caregivers; while the children have playtime with peers. This time will be provided to share resources others use within the community and to get information on a variety of child development topics.
  • Kindergarten Readiness Series (ages 4-5):  A 60-minute learning session for children entering kindergarten the following school yea, alongside their caregivers. Each session includes fun learning activities in various subjects to help children and caregivers prepare for kindergarten and meet future classmates.

FAQs

Stay Connected!
Jamie Kalk, CP Birth to School Program Coordinator, jkalk@cps.k12.in.us
 

Dana Coventry, CP Birth to School Liaison, dcoventry@cps.k12.in.us

Nicole Yankauskas, CP Birth to School Liaison, nyankauskas@cps.k12.in.us

 

All CPCSC families can connect with the CP BtS Kindergarten Readiness "class" with https://www.remind.com/join/cpbtskr; or text 81010 to @cpbtskr from your phone. If you already have the Remind app, you can join the CP BtS Kindergarten Readiness with class code "cpbtskr".

Community Resources

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2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Indiana residents find the local resources they need. Speak with a Community Navigator 24/7/365
Phone: Dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-211-9966 (available 24/7)
Text: Text your ZIP code to 898-211 (available Mon-Fri 8am-5pm)
 
Northwest Indiana Community Action provides an online directory of community resources. http://www.nwi211.com/
 

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The goal of First Steps is to help Hoosier families make sure their infants and toddlers receive services now to help them in the future. Services through First Steps are designed to meet the developmental needs of the child; Except in limited circumstances, First Steps does not provide services to meet medical needs.
 
We understand it is not always easy to recognize if your child is reaching his or her milestones for their age group. Some children may appear to be behind with speech progression, physical movements, or their attention span.  http://www.indianafirststeps.org/
 

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All Mental Health America of Lake County home visiting programs use the evidence-based Parents as Teachers curriculum to deliver the latest development-centered parenting information. The program model embraces the assumption that the child’s home is the first and most influential learning model.
 
The earliest years of a child’s life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and life. Working with parents of very young children is an opportunity to promote children’s readiness for school and set children on the path for school and life success.
 
To connect with Parents as Teachers call Vickie at 219.736.4955 x118 or email info@mhalakecounty.org.
 

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Healthy Families is a nationally-recognized, evidence-based home visiting program promoting positive parenting interactions and child development in vulnerable families with children age 0-3.  It is the largest evidence-based home visitation program in Lake County and the United States. To learn more about this beneficial program visit our Healthy Families page
 
To connect with Healthy Families call Amber at 219.736.4955 x206 or email info@mhalakecounty.org.
 

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Mental Health America of Lake County’s Infant Safe Sleep program was introduced in 2007, in response to the increase in child fatalities due to positional asphyxiation throughout the state.  The infant safety risk continues to plague our community, as one cause of infant mortality. Lake County has significantly higher rates of infant mortality than its neighboring counties, and Indiana ranks fifth nationally for infant mortality. MHA’s infant safe sleep program promotes safe sleep practices to vulnerable families to reduce the incidence of SIDS. Participants complete safe sleep educational training and receive a portable pack ‘n play, with infant insert, for baby to sleep in until the age of one.
 

To find out if you qualify or to refer someone to the infant safe sleep program call Carol at 219.736.4955 x108 or email info@mhalakecounty.org.