John Meixner, Regional Superintendent of Schools
Fulton | Hancock | McDonough | Schuyler

Early Beginnings Services

Book and Media Lending Library

Feel free to stop in and check out a variety of children's and parenting books along with educational videos at 339 South Johnson Street, Macomb.

Childbirth and Doula Support Program

If you are a teen or adult and you are pregnant, Early Beginnings will meet your special needs and allow you to ask important questions.

You and your labor support team (the baby's father, a relative or a friend) will learn what to expect during pregnancy and labor. Your support team will be shown ways to encourage and comfort you during delivery. You will learn and practice techniques to help make your labor more comfortable and have the opportunity to discuss questions and concerns.

A birth doula is a person who provides people with continuous support during labor and birth. They are trained to give continuous one on one care, as well as information, physical and emotional support to birthing moms and their support team.

  • Birth Plans
  • Labor - what to expect
  • Positions – changes help labor progress
  • Relaxation, visualization and breathing techniques
  • Vaginal delivery
  • Caesarean section delivery
  • Pre- and Postpartum care 
  • Breast/bottle feeding
  • Perinatal Depression Screening
  • Promote bonding and attachment
  • Infant Massage
  • Transition into Early Beginnings personal visit program

Doula Support focuses on Four Pillars of Labor Support 

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Informational
  • Advocacy

For more information, contact Tammy McIlhenny at 309-731-4419 or email: [email protected]

Community Linkage

Families enrolled in Early Beginnings will develop an Individual Family Support Plan with their Parent Educator that supports their family goals. Families are given information on needed resources in their community. Early Beginnings has built a comprehensive, collaborative, and community-based partnerships that build on family strengths, support long-term self-sufficiency and impact real and long-lasting change.

Comprehensive Screenings

Parent Educators partner with parents to track their child's development through regular development, health, vision and hearing screenings. If a concern arises, referrals are made to the appropriate agency for further evaluation.

Information through Newsletters and Technology 

Families receive ongoing information on parenting, child development and community events through newsletters, email and Facebook. Please "Like" our Early Beginnings/ROE #26 page and/or "Friend" our Parents as Teachers profile.

Parents as Teachers Affiliate LogoParents as Teachers Personal Visit Program

The Parents as Teachers approach to personal visits focuses on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being. The Parents as Teachers Model Implementation Training and Foundational Curriculum, together with the Parent Educator’s interpersonal and communication skills, bring a valuable service and support to families.

Play to Learn Group Programs

Families are given the opportunity to share experiences, discuss problems, learn from other parents, support one another, observe their child with other children, and practice parenting skills during monthly "Play to Learn" groups. In addition, child development information is shared and social connections between parents are fostered.

Preschool Transition

Early Beginnings has developed a transition plan with the Prekindergarten, Head Start and Preschool for All programs in the four counties served (McDonough, Hancock, and Fulton). Each early childhood program has given Early Beginnings their criteria for transitioning three year olds into their program. Early Beginnings has also developed a transitional activity packet for families to help prepare their child for the next step in their educational journey.

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