Wheaton/Warrenville Collaborative Event Focuses on Kindergarten Readiness Nov. 13

The Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative will hold a breakfast discussion on the community’s role in helping prepare children for Kindergarten on Thurs., Nov. 13 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 715 N. Carlton, Wheaton, Ill. To RSVP for the event please contact Kathy Robson, Project Director for the Collaborative, at robsonk@metrofamily.org or 630-784-4860.

The event will discuss families’ changing needs in the Wheaton/Warrenville community and the work being done to help ensure that all children are prepared for Kindergarten and school success. Presentations will be made by various organizations including the DuPage Federation, who will address “Who Are the New Neighbors? New Neighbors, New Challenges and New Opportunities in the Suburbs.”

The event also will highlight the changing demographics and trends affecting DuPage County and Chicago suburbs and define the “new neighbors,” residents who have come to the suburbs and added greatly to the diversity, economy and social fabric of the suburbs. Specific points to be addressed include how the suburbs have grown and changed; differences in education, prosperity and health outcomes associated with this change; the importance of eliminating these differences; why suburban communities are particularly challenged in addressing these local issues; and what we can do to create a productive future for all.

The program will conclude with a panel presentation/Q&A comprised of some of the new residents who have come to live in the community. Updates on the work of the Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative also will be shared by Collaborative partners, including Community Unit School District 200, World Relief, Easter Seals DuPage, and Fox Valley and Marian Park Apartments.

Current funding for the WWECC was made possible by a grant from The DuPage Community Foundation (DCF). The mission of DCF is to foster philanthropy, connect donors to area needs and build community partnerships. Through this initiative, DCF is striving to leverage area resources to ensure that all DuPage youngsters from birth to age five receive the comprehensive support critical in preparing them for success in kindergarten and beyond.

About the Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaboration
The Mission of the Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative is to effectively coordinate services focused on providing opportunities for learning success and improved Kindergarten readiness for all Community Unit School District 200 children birth to age five, especially those most vulnerable.

About Metropolitan Family Services DuPage Center
Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, started more than 80 years ago, is a family service/mental health agency serving some of DuPage County’s most vulnerable children and families. Whether through early childhood education, parent education, family therapy, youth mentoring, psychiatric and mental health services for all ages, or services for older adults and their caregivers, Metropolitan “mpowers” individuals and families to learn, to earn, to heal and to thrive.