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

May is here and the days left for school are dwindling down.  You still have a couple of weeks to utilize the Lending Libraries but please remember all items need to be returned by  May 19th.

The success of the program has been great this year...new parents have met other parents and the little ones’ social skill have blossomed through interacting with others at Gatherings.  The screenings have shown parents activities their children can do, and also keyed them in on activities  they need to focus on to help their child thrive.  Thank you to everyone who has allowed me to be a part of that.  For a parent to permit a stranger to come to their home (or for them to come to my office)  and play with their little one can be scary; so for me to be able to interact with your greatest blessing is an honor.

Be sure to take lots of pictures as your child conquers new feats this summer and spend some quality time together exploring what this world has to offer; how fascinating for a baby to watch a tree sway, a toddler to sit by a flower and watch a honeybee work, to stand by a puddle and see a worm squirm or just lay on their back and watch the clouds dance by…  Take time to look at the world through your child’s eyes.

Have a great summer and remember: 

You are your child’s most important teacher!


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!