Lunch and Learn Webinar: Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs

Early-Choices logoEarly CHOICES is a Preschool Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education. We promote increasing high quality inclusive education for each and every preschool aged child by providing technical assistance and professional development to early childhood professionals and families in Illinois. In September, 2015, the  US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services jointly released a Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs, which states that all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, where they are provided with individualized and appropriate support in meeting high expectations. This policy statement supports our work and we will share how this can be used this to support access to inclusive options.
Ann Kremer is the Project Director for Early CHOICES whose mission is to increase high quality inclusive opportunities for young children. She has been working towards inclusive education her entire career.   Ann has a bachelors in Elementary Education and Masters in Early Childhood Education. Ann is committed to this work as a professional and also as a parent of a young man with Down syndrome.  Her son, now out of school, was included in general education classes from preschool through to his graduation and continues to be an active participant in his community.
Emily Ropars is a Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Specialist with Early CHOICES and the Coordinator for the Award of Excellence for Inclusion of Children with Special needs.  Emily has a bachelors in English and a Masters in Special Education, specializing in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education.  She has worked as a teacher and consultant in many types of educational settings and as a developmental therapist in home visiting programs.  Emily has supported inclusion throughout her career and is a parent to a spirited 6 year old boy.


Maryville Crisis Nursery Baby Talk Classes 2014-2015

    Parents & children 3yrs and under welcome


Parenting Issues Class – The 2nd Tuesday of the month

July 8, 2014- Daily Schedules

August 12, 2014- Relationships

September 9, 2014- Temperament-Why Does My Child Do the Things He Does?

October 14, 2014- Your Unique Child

November 11, 2014- Temper Tantrums

January 13, 2015- Discipline: Teaching with Love

February 10, 2015- Consequences If…Then…

March 10 2015- Children’s Fears

April 14, 2015- Child and Home Safety

May 12, 2015- Making Mealtime Fun

June 9, 2015- Fun Outside Time

Lapsits – The 4th Tuesday of the month

Literacy-based group encounters provide you and your child a wonderful experience together. The primary goal is for you to interact with each other, although you will also enjoy the time with other families.

July 22, 2014- Animal’s Homes

August 26, 2014- Fall Leaves

September , 2014- Big and Little

October 28, 2014- Trucks and Things That Go Bumpty Bump

November 25, 2014- Heart-To-Heart

January 27, 2015- Rain

February 24, 2015- Bedtime

March 24 2015- Balls

April 28, 2015- Heart-to-Heart

May 26, 2015 – Peek-A-Boo

June 23, 2015- Summer Fun

All classes are held from 10:00-11:00 a.m.


*Must RSVP 773-205-3637 no later than 3pm the day BEFORE the class

Sorry, class will close 15min. after scheduled start time.

Please be prompt.


    Maryville Crisis Nursery4015 N. Oak Park Avenue, Chicago IL, 60634, 24hr Helpline: 773-205-3637

CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER FORECAST: Transitioning to 2014: Support Group Meeting For Families of Students with Disabilities.

Mom and DaughterCANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER FORECAST: Transitioning to 2014: Support Group Meeting For Families of Students with Disabilities.

With one month and two weeks into 2014, what are your hopes for child in this fairly new year?  Have you set any new goals?  Are your goals obtainable? Is there a plan in place to realistically reach these goals. Can these goals be implemented into your child’s IEP?

CANCELLED Saturday February 8, 2014
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM