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

Happy Spring!  We’ve crossed into our last 9 weeks of school, the weather is getting warmer, the birds are chirping, trees budding, flowers blooming and little ones  are anxious to go outside to play!  It’s definitely time to take them out  to draw with sidewalk chalk, blow some bubbles, practice jumping, roll a ball back and forth and test the winds by flying a kite!  

You have just a few weeks left to utilize the Parent and Toy, Book & Video Lending Libraries.  Whether you are looking for resources for potty training, adjusting to a new baby, temper tantrums, dance videos or just fun activities to do with your child we have it in the lending libraries!

Please check out the Upcoming Gatherings and mark your calendars to save the dates.  Remember, that if you plan to go to Miller Park Zoo with the school a volunteer packet must be completed so a background check can be done.  To get a preview of our  dancing/singing May presenter go to http://juliekmusic.com/, she sure to spark your desire to attend!!

Happy Spring!

Jo Ellen


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**Beginning Right Inspires Growing Happy Toddlers

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!!

Unit #11 is going green. If possible , please get me your e-mail address for the monthly newsletters!!

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