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March 19, 2019

Springfield 186 Parents as Teachers

Spring Is Here!

Hello PAT Families,

The month of March is going by so fast. I am looking forward to enjoying some outdoor time as the weather starts to warm up. We really appreciate you being part of our PAT family. I hope you find yourself growing and learning as a parent or caregiver. The Music Night in January was a huge success. We have more exciting events planned for you to enjoy with your child/children and family. Be on the lookout for additional information. In addition, our ongoing Learning Together Playgroup is a great way to spend quality time with your baby and toddler. Through this playgroup, your child will learn important social skills, like listening, following directions, sharing, and transitions. Also, check out books, puzzles, and toys from our Lending Library while visiting us.  L/T schedule is available on our website or request a schedule from your Parent Educator. You do not need to RSVP, just come!! We will love to have you! 

IL Child Passenger Protection ACT

New Law Effective January 1st, 2019.

*Children under the age of 2 must ride rear facing 

*Restraints must be provided by the parent or legal guardian

*Every person transporting a child under age of 8 is responsible for properly securing the child

Recommendations For safe Travels

Rear Facing Car Seats(Birth to 2 Yrs)

*Always in the back seat (if possible) and never in front of an active airbag.

*Recommended until the child has outgrown height or weight limit on seats and required until the child reaches 2 years of age.

*Harness straps should be positioned at or below the shoulder and be snug enough that excess material cannot be pinched.

For more information, click this link


Sharing Books with Your Baby

I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp- J.K. Rowling

Reading to your child every day is one of the best things you can do for your child's brain development. According to raisingchildren.net.au, just by looking at books with your child, you can be a great storyteller and a good model for using language and books. Your child will learn by watching you hold a book the right way and seeing how you move through the books by gently turning the pages.

This is what you can try today:

*Provide a variety of books: Such as sturdy board books, books with large cutouts and bright colors, or fragile books for a read-aloud that features photographs of family members.

*Notice when the baby shows interest in books, acknowledge your baby's effort and say "do you want to see the book"?

*Expect the babies attention to shift, Your child may just want to switch the activity or look away or he may just want to hear you talk. Make eye contact and keep talking while still keeping the child away from handling the book.  

For additional information and tips on how to  share books with your baby go to this link

Dates to remember

Baby time at Linclon Library 3-25-19@11:00

Toddler time at Lincoln Library 3-25-19@10:15

Springbreak April 1st-5th(PAT office will be closed)

Learning Together Schedule(March-April)

March 26(PM)

April 16 Blockfest(Wanless)

April 23(AM)

April 30(PM)



Free Fitting Stations in Springfield IL

IL Secretary of State

By appointment every Monday

Location: Klein and Mason St, Drivers Licence Facility Garage


IL Dept. Of Transportation

1st and 3rd Thursday of the month: 9am-3pm-no appointment necessary

Location: Green Hyundai Dealership, 2605 N. Dirkson Parkway, Springfield


PAT Team

Ayesha Ahmad-Program Director

K'Lani Clouse- Parent Educator

Virginia Colletti- Parent Educator

Diana Dobie Snober-Parent Educator

Beth Hartman-Parent Educator

Lajewell White- Parent Educator

Contact us-217-525-3315