F.A.C.E.S. Pre-K and Early Childhood Programs     

 

 

About F.A.C.E.S.

 

Family and Classroom Educational Support creates a sense of community, belonging, and responsibility within our families, our programs, and the larger community.

 

This program provides a nurturing, supportive environment to encourage personal growth. This environment includes classroom and parent experiences which are appropriate, stimulating, and based on growth and development research. The F.A.C.E.S. program strives to build collaborative relationships between families, schools, and community resources to encourage self-sufficiency, independence, resiliency and achievement.

 

The F.A.C.E.S. program offers:

  • Pre-Kindergarten classes for children who meet eligibility requirements

  • Home visits

  • Developmental screenings for infants and children under five

  • Referral to Child and Family Connections for evaluation of and assistance for developmental delays in children birth to three years old.

  • Referral to and assistance with social service agencies when needed

  • Parent education classes (childcare is provided)

  • Parent Lending Library

  • Support to district's pregnant and parenting teens

 

 

 

 

 

Vision Statement

 

Family and Classroom Educational Support creates a sense of community, belonging, and responsibility within our families, our programs, and the larger community.

 

This program provides a nurturing, supportive environment to encourage personal growth. This environment includes classroom and parent experiences which are appropriate, stimulating, and based on growth and development research. The F.A.C.E.S. program strives to build collaborative relationships between families, schools, and community resources to encourage self-sufficiency, independence, resiliency and achievement.

 

Our goal is to serve the families of the district’s youngest students so all parents are successful and all children are ready for school success.  We meet this goal through two components:

 

Family Component

  • Home Visits

  • Parent Education Classes

  • Developmental Screenings for infants and children under five years old

  • Referral to and assistance with social service agencies

  • Parent lending libraries

  • Teen parenting services

 

Classroom Component

  • Early childhood special education classes for children with identified disabilities

  • Pre-kindergarten classes for children who meet eligibility requirements

 

ISBE Involvement

Birth-3 Program

 

The F.A.C.E.S. Birth-Three Program offers limited services for the parents of the district’s youngest members. Special emphasis is placed on services to pregnant and parenting teens.

 

All components of the birth-three program are standards-based (www.isbe.net/earlychi/, click on “Resources” to see the “Birth to Three Standards”) and directed by a qualified parent educator who is knowledgeable about early development, parenting skills, and services available in the community.

 

Families who have been referred receive home visits on a regular basis. Topics such as prenatal and postnatal care, child growth and development, family relationships and structure, and parenting skills are addressed during a visit. When necessary, referral is made to other agencies for assistance.

 

Home Visits

It is a meeting in the home between a family and a teacher or parent educator. Home visits last approximately an hour and are done at a mutually-agreed upon time. Child development, skills, parenting challenges and family needs or concerns are all subjects that might be discussed on a visit.

For more information, call the F.A.C.E.S. office at 692-1222.

 

Services for Teen Parents

Teen-agers who are pregnant or already have a child are eligible for assistance from the F.A.C.E.S. Program. A parent educator does home visits and maintains close contact with these youngest parents. Services include support throughout pregnancy, encouragement and help to continue education, monitoring of parent’s needs and baby’s growth and development, and information about/referral to other services that are available in the community.

 

Referrals usually come through the school nurse but can also be made by anyone who lives in the school district. For information, call 692-1222.

F.A.C.E.S. Preschool for All  Pre-K Program for 3-5 Year Olds

 

The Edwardsville School District’s Preschool for All Pre-K Program is a grant-initiative from the Illinois State Board of Education. Children are eligible to participate based on the results of a developmental screening.

 

 

 

 

 

Children may attend morning (9:15-11:45) or afternoon (1:00-3:30) classes.  Blended Pre-K classes have up to 15 children with a teacher and classroom assistant.  The Highly Specialized Early Childhood class has up to 10 children with a teacher and classroom assistant. Children may also receive services from other personnel such as a speech therapist, social worker, nurse, or parent educator.

 

The Pre-K/EC curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (www.illinoisearlylearning.org). The unified curriculum offers: a rich language and literacy component, children are read to everyday and participate in activities developed around children’s literature; Everyday math (the school district’s math program); and science. The schedule provides a balance of teacher-directed and child-directed activities, quiet and active experiences, large and small group and individual activities. Children have the time to become absorbed in learning experiences and play without interruption.

 

Because it is so crucial, parents are encouraged to get involved in their child’s education. Parent classes are offered throughout the school year, and families are asked to attend two Family Fun Nights each year. Parents are welcome in the classrooms as volunteers, home visits are offered to families, and parent-child fun activities are provided outside of the classroom.

 

 

 

Parent Resources

 

Parenting is a many-faceted job with ever-changing challenges. The F.A.C.E.S. program strives to provide parents with the tools they need to meet the challenges of parenting. Whether it’s information about a certain stage of development, services offered by Childcare Centers and preschools, getting ready for kindergarten or finding needed social services, parents will find it on this page.

 

If the information needed isn’t listed here, parents may call our office and ask for a parent educator, 692-1222.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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