Parent Wonders


Parent Wonders provides fun and stimulating programs throughout the school year for parents and children birth to 3 years old 

residing in rural Champaign county, with special emphasis on pregnant & parenting teenagers. Playgroups, support groups, and 

home visits are offered to eligible families; special programs are offered for teen parents. These state-funded programs are 

administered by Developmental Services Center of Champaign County.  Parent Wonders aims to encourage your child’s healthy 

development and to support you in the challenging job of parenting!
Parent Wonders
200 S. Century Blvd.
Rantoul, IL 61866


Program Contacts:

  Felicia Gooler, Coordinator
  (217) 893-0671

Infant Family Support Specialists

  Debbie Plush
  (217) 766-9719

Tanya Blackshear
(217) 520-1771

Rebecca Sigmon-Hernandez




Programs & Services

Home Visits

Parent Wonders offers long-term home-visits (until your child turns 3years old) that have a strong emphasis on support, education services and activities to encourage healthy development and support parent-child relationship as well as linkage to community resources. Additional services available during home visits include developmental screenings.

Home visits are available to families who qualify with children under 3 years of age residing in rural Champaign County. Families have the option of meeting weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. All services are provided FREE of charge and are completely voluntary. Call Tanya at 520-1771, Debbie at 766-9719 or Rebecca at 766-1907 to schedule a visit.

Caring and Sharing

Teen moms & dads come together for skill-building & enriching parenting discussions and activities during Caring & Sharing. This group meets at Rantoul Township High School during second lunch from 11:35-12:05 every Tuesday. It also meets at Eagle Academy alternating between Monday & Thursday between 11:30-1:00pm.

Vida Alegre

Vida Alegre is a support program provided in collaboration with the University of Illinois Department of Social Work. The focus of Vida Alegre is to promote the mental health of Spanish-speaking, immigrant mothers. The support group meets weekly at Parent Wonders to discuss mental health related themes.

Childcare is provided at no cost.

Baby Club

This energetic group is designed specifically for young parents and their children to engage in parent-child interaction time during the first half & parents spend the second half of group engaging with Parent Wonders staff (guest speakers when available) and each other to discuss current & relevant topics that support their parenting skills and needs.


Tiny Tots

This playgroup consists of an hour of parent-child interaction. For children 36 months & under (siblings welcome).

Play and Learn

Play And Learn playgroup is for parents and children age birth to three years. Help your child learn to socialize with other children and have fun in a playroom filled with toys and activities. Parents and children will love participating together in fun games, songs, and crafts.

Baby & Me

This is a NEW 6-week parent-child interaction focused group where the environment and the materials in it facilitate the parent-child relationship through exploration and wonder!