C-U Early Program
CU Early provides services to families who have children birth to three, and they also serve prenatal moms and dads, including teen parents in the Champaign, Urbana and Mahomet areas. The program provides parent support and education and is located in the Urbana Early Childhood School, 2202 E. Washington St, Urbana. The C-U Early program can be reached at (217) 384-3616 or you can like us on Facebook.
C-U Early Program flyer (pdf) – English
- Teen parent support groups,
- home visiting,
- developmental screening and monitoring,
- early childhood activities and information,
- assisted resource and referral,
- information and support on parenting.
C-U Early program implements the Baby Talk curriculum. C-U Early is funded through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
C-U Early Staff
- Program Director: Kelly Russell
- Parent Educator: Amy Freund
- Parent Educator: Misty Krippel
- Parent Educator: Shnell Lambert
We seek to fulfill our mission by:
- Establishing a partnership with each parent which supports their efforts to enhance their child’s development;
- Providing timely, individualized information on a wide variety of parenting topics as parents need it;
- Partnering with parents to monitor each child’s development using ASQ & ASQ-SE;
- Partnering with community agencies to facilitate each parent’s access to services and resources they need;
- Providing a menu of services designed to support each parent in the ways he or she chooses as most appropriate. Our service menu is designed and implemented in partnership with program parents.
- The parent is the expert on his or her own child. Our job is to learn what the parent has to teach us about the individual child.
- All parents have strengths. Our job is to support those strengths.
- All parents want to do well by their child. Our job is to support them in that goal.
- All parents have something critical to share at each time we come together. Our job is to find out what that is.
- All parents have ambivalent feelings. Our job is to validate those feelings.
- Parenting is a trial and error process. Our job is to support them through those trials and errors on to success.