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Easter Seals Joliet Region Jump Start Parenting Program honored

Seated: Norma Contreras, parent educator
Standing left to right:  Christine Sparks, program coordinator; Blanca Contreras, parent educator; Penny Smith, Illinois State Board of Education; Greg O'Donnell, Parents As Teachers
Seated: Norma Contreras, parent educator Standing left to right:  Christine Sparks, program coordinator; Blanca Contreras, parent educator; Penny Smith, Illinois State Board of Education; Greg O'Donnell, Parents As Teachers

JOLIET – Easter Seals Joliet Region Jump Start Parenting Program was honored Nov. 11 at the 2015 Parents as Teachers Conference in Dallas, Texas for the Home Visiting Program designation as Losos Award Winner.

Christine Sparks, program coordinator, accepted the award before 1,300 conference participants representing early childhood, child care, health, mental health, social services, government and business professionals from across the nation and around the world.

Since 2010, Easter Seals Joliet Region Jump Start Home Visiting Program has been supporting hundreds of area families through Parents as Teachers.

The program provides parenting information and support to local families throughout pregnancy until their child turns 3 years of age.

The Jump Start Home Visiting Program has added supplemental curriculums as well, including the Mothers and Babies Depression Prevention Program and the Breakthrough Parenting Curriculum for families with children of all ages.

For more information, visit www.ParentsAsTeachers.org.

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