• Elgin Community Partners Collaborate in Designing Early Learning Signage For Festival Park

    For Immediate Release: September 15, 2020  
     
     
    Contact: Elgin Partnership for Early Learning       
    Amber Peters, Executive Director
    847-452-2457
    amberpeters@elginpartnership.org
     
     
    Elgin Community Partners Collaborate in Designing 
    Early Learning Signage For Festival Park
     
    New signage at Festival Park encourages children and families to learn through play while building kindergarten readiness skills 
             
    Elgin, IL - Elgin Partnership for Early Learning (EPEL), Alignment Collaborative for Education and the City of Elgin will host a ribbon-cutting for new playground signage at Festival Park that encourages children to “Move, Play and Talk” while building readiness skills. A collaborative partner grant was written to Making Kane County Fit for Kids to design and equip the area with large playground signage that encourages children and families to use innovative ways to move, play and talk with their children. The signage was designed to build critical kindergarten readiness skills to boost brain development, all while having fun.
     
    Mayor David Kaptain will be cutting the ribbon (jump rope) Wednesday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Festival Park, located at 132 S. Grove Avenue. Mayor Kaptain will be joined by Amber Peters, Executive Director of Elgin Partnership for Early Learning, Nancy Coleman, Executive Director of Alignment Collaborative for Education, and a representative from Making Kane County Fit for Kids. Face covers and social distancing are required while viewing the new playground signage.
     
    The “Fit For Kids” grant sparked partner interest because it supports learning while moving and is another step in meeting families where they are in the community. Festival Park attracts 11,000 to 15,000 people each year. 
     
    “We knew that our ‘Learning On The Go’ model focusing on non-traditional learning sites was perfect for this location,” said Amber Peters, Executive Director of Elgin Partnership for Early Learning. “EPEL and Alignment Collaborative appreciate Mayor Kaptain and the City of Elgin supporting our out-of-the-box idea of adding playground signage to offer children and families prompts to support learning through play in the splash pad and around the playground.”
     
    The signage incorporates messaging from the “Give Me Five” hand of talk, play, read, do and write. This messaging reminds parents to keep these five simple acts in place when interacting with their child in everyday activities, as it will help build a strong foundation for young children to be ready for kindergarten.
     
    “The first 2000 days of a child’s life, birth to kindergarten, are critical to becoming ready for school and beyond,” said Mayor David Kaptain. “Mixing play and learning together allows children to use their imagination, creativity and critical thinking skills to help build that foundation.”
     
    About Elgin Partnership for Early Learning (EPEL)
    EPEL’s mission is to intensify the impact of local efforts that prepare children for Kindergarten by integrating over 70 partners’ expertise and resources to build a connected community dedicated to helping young children thrive. Our Vision is for children to be happy, healthy, and ready for Kindergarten. EPEL works to support and meet families where they are in the community through traditional and non-traditional means like early learning opportunities in the laundromat, playgrounds, medical centers, and food pantries.
     
    About Alignment Collaborative for Education
    Alignment’s mission is to align community resources and collaborate with organizations in support of public school strategies to raise student achievement; create responsible, productive, and contributing members of our society; and advance the economic and social well-being of communities served by School District U-46.
     
    About Making Kane County Fit for Kids
    Making Kane County Fit for Kids (Fit for Kids) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes healthy eating and active living initiatives to reduce Childhood Obesity in Kane County. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Elgin Partnership for Early Learning Website
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