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Do you think your young child should have more words?  Do they seem frustrated because you do not understand them?


Research shows that brains develops up to 90% during the first 5 years of their lives. Reading is a key component in brain development.


Reading can take place at home, school and or the library!  


  • Increases  Vocabulary

  • Improves Clarity of spoken words

  • Improves Concentration

  • Increases Attention span

  • Builds Self-esteem

  • Improves Creativity

  • Improves Discipline

  • And strengthens Memory




We, at Child & Family Connections want every child to have the opportunity to grow and learn. Reading is a fun way to enhance many skills. Take the time, pick up a book & read to your child daily.  The sooner you start the further they’ll go!


For more information or questions call Child & Family Connections. 217-222-9592


Keep Your Baby Safe




  • Use a firm mattress that fits the crib tightly.
  • Do not leave a pillow in the crib.
  • Never leave your baby alone on a sofa, chair or changing table.
  • Never shake a baby!  It can damage his/her brain.
  • Check bath water temperature before putting your baby in the tub.




When Your Child Starts Moving Around on his/her own.




  • Inspect toys for loose parts and suitable age.
  • Never leave a child alone in the bathtub.
  • Check the floor for any small objects.
  • Keep plastic bags out of your child’s reach.
  • Place gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Cover unused outlets with safety caps.
  • Do not use space heaters where your child can get to them.
  • Keep all cleaning products and medicines in locked cabinets.
  • Keep pointed objects out of a child’s reach.
  • Do not swing or throw your child in the air.

Safety for all Children of all Ages




  • Do not smoke around your children. If friends or family members smoke, request that they smoke outside.

  • Remove doors from unused refrigerators and freezers.

  • If you have guns in your home, keep them unloaded and the ammunition in a separate locked area away from the gun.

  • Post emergency numbers by your phone.

  • Install smoke detectors, at least one per floor near bedrooms and have a family fire plan.

  • A research study found many children fall from first and second story windows.  Preschoolers are at the highest risk and suffer more head injuries than older children.  This is the age group that is mobile, curious, and does not recognize the danger of falling from a window.  Summer months, when windows are left open, are the most dangerous times.  Install window guards in windows you plan to have open in the summer.

  • Always have an adult supervising at a beach or pool.

  • Use a correct car seat for your child’s weight.

  • Secure harness and seat belt.

Bring the beach to your kids


Can't get to the beach? Bring the beach home. If you've ever watched your child effortlessly wile away an afternoon digging in the sand at the water's edge, then you know how much they love manipulable environments where they can tinker, explore, create, and destroy. Consider these affordable DIY sandbox and sprinkler ideas.



Collect scrap materials for a pop-up playground


A pop-up playground can pop up anywhere -- a back yard, front yard, garage, or sidewalk.The best part? It doesn't have to cost a dime. While it may be difficult for adults to envision the play opportunities presented by, say, a cardboard box, paper towel roll, or stack of newspapers, children will inevitably turn scrap materials into their own magical kingdoms.


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