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Special Needs Family Resource Fair – Sat. Nov. 8

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ChildSpace Looking for Infants and Parents/Caregivers

ChildSpace is looking for volunteers (infants and their parents/caregivers) to attend an upcoming practitioner workshop – May 8 -18th in Evanston, IL.

The ChildSpace Method can be beneficial to babies anywhere along the development spectrum; and can be helpful in addressing developmental delays, as well as supporting “early” rollers/crawlers/walkers.

Join us and learn how to assist and promote your infant’s physical, emotional and mental development through play and daily touch.

Volunteers will be invited to attend two sessions; May 12th and another date based on your child’s age/movement. This workshop is focusing on infants in the pre-head lifting to rolling stages. Upcoming workshops will include crawlers, toddlers, and walkers.

Please contact Cecelia Hoskins at (773)544-2262 to learn more about this opportunity (we can coordinate around naps) and ChildSpace (

We currently have 2 open sessions, May 10 and May 14.
Saturday May 10, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Wednesday May 14, 11:30 am – 1 pm

The Wednesday spot could be for a baby experiencing developmental delays (and their parent/caregiver) for a volunteer learning session. Child’Space practices may be helpful to children with the following issues or medical diagnoses: skipped crawling, refusing tummy time, limited ability to nurse, torticollis, high/low muscle tone, plagiocephaly, hip displasia, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brain injury.

Nurture and COPE Offer Nutrition Education

NSHC SUMMER 16Nurture is initiating a new partnership with Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston (COPE) /District 65 – Kingsley Elementary School due to a grant from The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club and the Fuller Grant from St. David’s Episcopal Church,

Families will attend a 4-class series including nutrition, fitness, and cooking education. Each family will be given a slow cooker, meat thermometer, and 4 bags of nutritious groceries. Families will also enjoy a light, healthy meal together as part of each class.

Family exercise programs will include gentle yoga, stretching, aerobic activities like jumping jacks, and other exercises that can be done in a small space. In addition, families will share ideas about how to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routines.

Adult nutrition and cooking classes will demonstrate how to make inexpensive, delicious meals in a slow cooker while participants learn strategies for increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean and plant-based proteins, and home cooked meals. Families will also learn tips for portion control, the importance of breakfast and healthful ingredient substitutions to improve the nutrition profile of their family favorites.

Click here to see how Family Program alumni from 2012 have increased consumption of nutritious foods, physical activity and energy and healthy while saving money on food.

Classes will be held from 6 – 7:45pm on Wednesdays September 25, October 9, 23 and 30 at Kingsley Elementary School at 2300 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL 60201. If you would like to attend, volunteer or observe one of these classes, please contact Rebecca Weiland at

Erie Community Health Center

Erie Community Health Center will offer pregnancy testing services on a walk-in basis starting Monday, August 12.

The federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services recommends that women begin receiving prenatal care during the first trimester so providers can identify and address potential issues as early as possible.

The new pregnancy testing service will include counseling, benefits assistance and linkage to Erie as a medical home.

Erie also provides immunizations, dental and physical exams and sports physicals to make sure children start school healthy and ready to learn.

Dental exams are required for students entering kindergarten and second and sixth grades.

Physical exams are required for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, sixth grade and before entering high school, as well as for all students who are new to the school district.

Parents can call 847-666-3494 to make an appointment.

Construction is continuing on Erie’s new permanent location on Hartrey Avenue in Evanston with move-in there scheduled for November. Until then the center is operating from the Evanston Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave.

Find more information on our Pregnancy, Childbirth and Adoption page.

Childbirth and Parenting Classes

pregnant womanPregnant? New parent? There are many classes in and around Evanston to help you through pregnancy, labor and beyond.

Find more resources on our Pregnancy, Childbirth and Adoption page

Healthy Pregnancy Healthy Baby – Jan. 24

District 65 Family Center offers monthly programs and activities that support healthy development of babies birth to three years old.

The Healthy Pregnancy Healthy Baby program will share research-based materials, prenatal/postnatal tips as well as healthy ways to care for your baby as he/she grows. The Pediatric nurses from Evanston Hospital are looking forward to sharing helpful information, resources, and answering questions about your baby. Dinner will be served following the workshop and childcare is provided. Pre-registration is required. Please call District 65 Family Center at 847-424-2440 to register or stop by 1500 McDaniel Ave.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:45 p.m.
Joseph E. Hill Education Center
1500 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston