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Young Children (Ages 0-5)

Online Learning Resources

Sites to help you prepare your child for school.  Give your child a running head start toward excellence in school.

Resources for Parents of Young Children (Ages 0-5)

Books, Videos, and Articles for parents.

Activities for Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers

Find local things to do for your young one.

Online Learning Resources

General Sites



fun brain

national geographic kids

curious world


brain candy tv (free for Amazon users)

Educational Sites for Young Children



Word Factory

Letter Factory

Importance of Limiting Online Screen Time for Young Children

Resources for Parents of Young Children (Ages 0-5)

Featured Website:

Successful Black Parenting (www.successfulblackparenting.com)

Local Activities for Young Children

EventOn Calendar for Young Children


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Places for Young Child in Evanston Area

little beans cafe logo

Little Beans Cafe

430 Asbury Ave, Evanston, IL 60202


Skokie Exploratorium

4701 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076


Places for Young Children in Chicagoland Area


Admission is $3 or less for up to four people per EBT card

Kindergarten Readiness

The Stats

Collectively, we have some work to do.

In 2018, only 35% of our children are entering the school district Kindergarten Ready

(compared to 68% white, 71% multiracial, 49% asian, and 39% Hispanic)

  • % Evanston Black children entering school Kindergarten Ready
  • % Evanston Black children entering school NOT Kindergarten Ready

Let's work to get 100% of our children equipped and ready to succeed before they enter the school district.

Top 15 Things Every Child Should Know Before Entering Kindergarten

  1. 1. Be able to state first and last name when asked.
  2. Be able to write first name with first letter upper case and remaining letters lower case.
  3. Use appropriate three-finger grasp when using writing instruments (pencils, crayons and scissors)
  4. Count to at least thirty and tells what number comes before or after a given number to 20.
  5. Know all the letters in their first name.
  6. Identify basic geometric shapes (triangle, circle, square, rectangle, oval, star, rhombus (diamond) and heart)
  7. Know basic colors (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink)
  8. Identify numerals 1-10 in random order.
  9. Make most letter/sound matches.
  10. Identify most upper and lower case letters.
  11. Use finger to accurately touch count items to ten.
  12. Knows concepts of print (front and back of book, which page comes first, track words left to right).
  13. Be able to rhyme words.
  14. Retells simple stories in sequence.
  15. When given a word (“man”) and a new beginning sound (/f/), creates the familiar word (“fan”)

Educational Resources

Video Teaching Letter Sounds

Video Teaching Beginning Phonics