FHN’s Parent Enrichment Program Offering Free Early Learning Checkups

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — All children deserve the best possible start in life.

The FHN Family Counseling Center Parent Enrichment Program is offering free early learning checkups for children under the age of 3. The checkups are available only through appointment, and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Stephenson County Health Department, 10 W. Linden Street in Freeport.

The checkups focus on developmental and learning milestones, as well as how parents or guardians can help their child learn even more. Children 2 months to 3 years of age may be eligible for services to help them become ready for school and reach their full potential.

“Children who receive all the resources they need have an increased rate of success during their school years,” said Parent Enrichment Program Parent Educator Renata Hepler. “We want to make sure to give all of our kids the best possible start.”

To schedule an appointment during the March 31 event, call the FHN Family Counseling Center Parent Enrichment Program at 815-599-7315 or check at the WIC office in the Stephenson County Health Department. As a special treat, the Easter Bunny will be on hand for this event. No photographer will be available, but he will be happy to visit and pose for photos with families.

Additional early learning checkups, sponsored by the FHN Family Counseling Center Parent Enrichment Program, will be held throughout the year. Call 815-599-7315 or check at the WIC office in the Stephenson County Health Department to learn about available options.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,200 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 19 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.

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