Groups -- Parenting

Early Childhood


MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) - St. John Lutheran Church (Champaign) (1997 A,L)
This nondenominational group is for mothers of children, birth to kindergarten. Meetings have a speaker, discussion, refreshments, and a craft. Preregistration is required. There is a $20 fee per semester for group expenses and a $29 registration fee for MOPS International. Scholarships are available. Sponsored by St. John Lutheran Church. There is a MOPPETS program for children. Playgroups are available that are separate from the meetings. There is a waiting list for some ages of children. Call in advance. A newsletter and group literature are available. Call for meeting times. Meets two Mons. per month, weeks vary, Sept.-May, 9:00-11:00 a.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 509 S. Mattis Ave., Champaign.
Call: St. John Lutheran Church (217) 359-1123
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Write: MOPS, St. John Lutheran Church, 509 S. Mattis Ave., Champaign, IL 61821

Parent Wonders (1990 A,P)
This program partners with families to nurture healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early-childhood years and to enhance the positive development of young children. The organization serves parents who reside in rural Champaign County (excluding Champaign, Urbana, and Mahomet) who have children from birth to 36 months. It focuses on at-risk pregnant women and parenting teens and families who have the greatest needs. Support and parent education is provided through a variety of programs, such as one-on-one consultations and home visiting services. Special programs are available for pregnant and parenting teens.
Call: Felicia Gooler, Developmental Service Center (217) 359-0287
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Write: 1304 W. Bradley Ave. Champaign, IL 61821

Tiny Tigers (1981 F,P)
This group is for Champaign-Urbana parents and their preschool children, ages 2 1/2 to 5. High school students work under Ms. Perez's supervision to encourage social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. This preschool experience focuses on art, literacy, math, science, and free play. The enrollment fee is $20 per semester per child. Meets Tues. and Thurs., Sept.-Nov. and Jan.-March, 9:10-11:35 a.m., Urbana High School, 1002 S. Race St., Urbana.
Call: Amanda Rosser or Emily Warner- (217) 384-3505
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Write: Amanda Rosser, Tiny Tigers, Urbana High School, 1002 S. Race St., Urbana, IL 61801


Hyped-Up (Helping Young Parents Excel Under Pressure) (2008 F,P)
This is a fun group for parents with children ages birth to 5 years old. This group provides parents a way to de-stress and relax as they build relationships with other parents. Free child care and a light meal are provided. Meets Mon., 4:00-5:30 p.m., 1115 E. Taylor St., Bloomington.
Call: Earl Kloppman: (309) 834-5240
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Write: Children's Home + Aid, 403 S. State St., Bloomington, IL 61701