B.R.I.G.H.T. START families:

Thank you to everyone who attended the Fall Fling!  We had about 160 sign up to come and 104 attended.  Our evening play groups are a big success this year!  Parents are getting a chance to meet new families and little ones are learning social skills through play.  Remember to R.S.V.P. so adequate supplies are on hand and come out and join the fun! 

If there is a topic you would like to learn more about let me know; I haven’t schedule many parent programs yet this year and am waiting on your feedback to bring you what you would like.  Whether it’s Infant Massage, Speech and Language or behavior concerns let me know your interests!  We also have a lot of resources available in our Lending Libraries; you can go on-line to https://sites.google.com/a/unit11.org/epg-b-r-i-g-h-t-start/lending-libraries for a full inventory listing or, if you do not have access to the web, call me and I’ll get you set up with what you are wanting.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner the blur of the holidays are fast approaching.  So, enjoy the kickoff of the holiday season with a great Thanksgiving dinner, watch a parade or two and perhaps join in the frantic Black Friday shopping. However, don’t forget to take time for your little one and make a craft, read lots of books and bake some cookies!


Have a great month,

Jo Ellen

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  Help with the holidays

Christmas is a time of cheer but for some also a time of stress.  If  you are in need of assistance  remember the Food Pantry is available to those who qualify.  It is  through the Food Pantry that the Brotherhood Tree  has access to names of families that might need a little help too.  Be sure to utilize these resources to help make your holiday season less stressful.  Please contact me with any more questions.

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The provision of a supportive facilitator to ensure a safe home environment, proper medical care, and fundamentals of the best child-rearing practices. It is a program that is dedicated to meeting the needs of at-risk infants and their families to ensure a safe, nurturing environment.

Important recall: 

 Evenflo has issued a recall on their

Transitions 3-in-1 Car Seat Model Numbers: 34411686, 34411695 and 34411029

Only Transitions seats manufactured prior to

January 29, 2016 are included.

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What is B.R.I.G.H.T. START?

El Paso—Gridley B.R.I.G.H.T. START is a state grant-funded Prevention Initiative  Program offered to children ages Birth—36 months in the Unit #11 School District free of charge to families.  We realize that YOU, the parent, are your child’s first and most important teacher.  Our goal is to provide you with information, ideas and activities that may be helpful in your child’s development. 

We have a variety of Gatherings (play groups and parent programs) that are held at Jefferson Park School in El Paso. We also have Toy, Book and Parent Lending Libraries and a Drop-In Center where you can browse through and take parenting pamphlets on a huge selection of topics. 

Developmental Screenings are done  on an on-going basis  starting at 2 months of age through 36 months and are done either in the home, at Jefferson Park School or mailed to your home  for you to complete independently.  The developmental screenings need to be a key part of your parenting tasks, just like well-baby checks are.  Through these screenings we are able to monitor your little one’s development to make sure everything is on track; and it’s awesome for parents to realize that their kiddo may have conquered more skills then they realized!!                                                    

If you have any questions about the program please give me a call!  If you have friends and relatives in the district give them a call so they can participate as well!  

Jo Ellen Skolek

Birth - Three Prevention Initiative Coordinator

(309) 527-4405 extension 6276







Welcome to the      El Paso-Gridley B.R.I.G.H.T. START Birth—Three website!! As you explore this site you can find the monthly calendar and a listing of Lending library items. Also listed are links to great sites to help you answer developmental questions, health issues, and find great recipes and craft ideas, articles on recalls, and our monthly newsletter ….all this at your fingertips!!

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An Apple for the teacher...
It's really nothing new.
Except when you remember,
Parents are teachers too!