Antionette was 17 when she enrolled her two-year-old son Jamal in ChildServ’s Lake County in-home early childhood learning program for kids ages 0-3. Jamal and Antionette lived with her disabled mother at the time, and had heard about the program from a friend who had been helped by ChildServ.
Antionette needed help finding extra diapers, clothing and a new car seat but more importantly, wanted to make sure that Jamal was ready for school.
She met with Rosanna, her Parent Educator, to discuss Jamal’s developmental plan, and during their home visits, she introduced Antionette and Jamal to activities to improve his early math, motor and literacy skills. They practiced counting, “Dressing Teddy” and drawing and writing. Rosanna provided information on toilet training and the importance of reading with Jamal to strengthen the parental bond and build vocabulary as well.
Antionette also wanted to continue her education, so they created an action plan for her. Rosanna helped find an ACT preparation course so that she could take the test and qualify for college. During each visit, Antionette and Rosanna reviewed her plan and eventually, she took the ACT and was accepted at Northern Illinois University where she’s studying to become a physical therapist.
A year later, Jamal and Antionette graduated from the program and transitioned into a local Head Start program recommended by Rosanna. Jamal is potty-trained and on-track to succeed in kindergarten, and Antionette is thrilled about being back in school.
“I can’t thank Rosanna and ChildServ enough for all their help. My son is doing well and I’m excited to be able to continue my education.”
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