In response to COVID-19, Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Rockford has adjusted programming and rescheduled events. View details here.
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Spanish Translation - December 2021
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Holiday Family Fun in Chicago

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Choosy December monthly activity Calendar download here

101 Holiday Activities for Kids

Take a look at this awesome list of holiday activities for kids from

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Hannukah continues through December 6, 2021

Why the Early Years in School Are So Vital to Your Kids

Chicago Parent has great information on early education and school. Please take a moment to read this great article. 

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National Rosa Parks day is on December 1, 2021

  • PBS Kids has some great resources, activities and book recommendations regarding talking to children about race and racism.
  • Here is a children’s book read-aloud about Rosa Parks

Making the Holidays More Meaningful

Let us help you Teach Values this December.

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Twelve Resources/Guides for the Holiday Season

From here is a link for 12 days of holiday reads

Support Your Child's Learning During the Holidays

Visit the NAEYC website for great way to keep your child learning over the Christmas break.

Sneezing & Coughing Safely

Sesame Street has a fun and light way to teach childrean about how your child can sneeze and cough safely.

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Things to do in Chicago

Watch this YouTube video of a family adventures in Chicago and get some ideas of where to take your famly over the holiday break.

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Hamill Family Play Zoo from Brookfield Zoo

As we move from fall to winter, here is a great activity from the Brookfield Zoo/Hammill Family Play Zoo regarding “Winter Coats” for animals:

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Spanish activity page

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Kindermusik: Free Stories, Music, Activites, Games, and Vidoes

With Kindermusik you can now access stories, music, activities, games, and videos that bring the Kindermusik magic right into your home, so the learning and fun can continue all month. Download this famly flyer with instructions on how to gain free access and reach out to your childs school to get the “school code” if you have not received it.

Simple Holiday Safety Tips

Simple Insights from State Farm on holiday safety

Information on Vaccines

Get the latest information from our government on vaccines

Health equity from the CDC

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Take Time for Self-Care

Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Here are some tips on self-care during the holiday season.

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Family Time in the Kitchen

Colder weather usually means staying indoors more and enjoying time together and often cooking more.  Allowing children to help in the kitchen not only builds independent skills, but helps with fine motor development, math, and language skills! Here are some ways to involve children in the kitchen and a fun game for them to play:

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Toilet Training Time

Many families use the extra time together during winter holidays to work on potty training, here are some helpful resources.
Read a Children's Toilet Training Book Together:

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Math at Home

Numeracy @ Home: 11 ways to MATHS

Reading Corner

Too Many Tamales

Feast for 10

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Kwanzaa is Deceber 26, 2021 through January 1, 2022

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The Family Song


Kindergarten Enrollment for 2022-2023

  • The GoCPS application process for the 2022-23 school year officially launched on October 13, 2021, visit and click sign up to begin. For questions regarding this process contact CPS at 773-553-2060 or email

Remote Learning Resources for Parents

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Here you'll find everything from YouTube videos on 'How to log into a ZOOM call' and 'What apps to download' along with what to expect from our team during virtual learning. We've compiled these great virtual learning resources just for you during remote learning.

We are planning some great activities for parents/guardians, and would like to hear from you on what kinds of activities you would like us to offer! Please complete this survey. Thank you!!

Planeamos algunas actividades fabulosas para padres y tutores. ¡Nos gustaría escuchar de ustedes para saber que tipo de actividades le gustaría usted que ofrezcamos! Favor de completar la encuesta por seguir el enlace a continuación. ¡Gracias!

How to Enroll in Head Start/Early Head Start

Spaces fill up fast for our programs so secure your spot as soon as you can. All of our Head Start Child Care Learning Centers are taking the safest and healthiest precautions possible during this time of uncertainty. Your family's safety and health is our most important job. Enroll today!

Online Head Start Application

Back-to-School Weekly updates and Virtual Learning

Educational resources and weekly updates

Additional learning activities the team put together for our families during the COVID-19 pandemic in Summer 2020

Easterseals Early Learning Office

4415 W. Harrison Street, Suite 510  |  Hillside, IL 60162
708.330.4490 Phone

Easterseals is funded by two separate grants for Head Start/Early Head Start Services. We are a grantee of the Office of Head Start for services provided in suburban Cook County and a delegate of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services for services provided in Chicago.

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