When children begin kindergarten, they become part of a caring community, built around the school, which provides children and their families with support. The Firm Foundations initiative is designed to create a similar community of support for children ages 0-5 and their parents and caregivers by promoting activities and practices proven to give children a strong start to a successful life -- a firm foundation.
Why Firm Foundations?
To strengthen school readiness among all children in the Mahomet-Seymour area
To support parents and caregivers in their efforts to maximize their children's physical, mental, and emotional development
To encourage the formation of a community of support for children and parents/caregivers in the Mahomet-Seymour area
What do Families Receive?
Free Books: A gift-wrapped book mailed to each participating child on their 1st-5th birthdays
Newsletter: A quarterly newsletter to parents and caregivers with early literacy and childhood development tips and helpful articles
- Events: Programs and activities promoting child development and early literacy
Cohort Groups: Support for the development of parent/caregiver cohort groups for children who will eventually be in the same grade in school
Who Can Participate?
Parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 who live in the Mahomet-Seymour School District can sign up to participate in Firm Foundations. These are the families who will receive the free books and be invited to join the cohort groups.
Anyone at all can attend the programs and activities. If you are not in Firm Foundations, you will see these events advertised on our website and our Facebook page.
Is the Library Doing this Alone?
The Mahomet Public Library is hosting and coordinating the Firm Foundations program, but several partner organizations are providing programs and educational materials, including:
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
The Friends of the Mahomet Public Library
The Mahomet Parents Network
The Mahomet-Seymour School District
The Museum of the Grand Prairie
For more information, email us at FirmFoundations or stop by the library.
If you sign up online, don't forget to stop by the library for your welcome packet!
Parents and caregivers can sign their children up today to participate in the program. (You can also stop by the library to sign up.) Free gift books will start with the child's next birthday. Programs and other services will begin in January 2020 and we will add more over time as the program grows.