Support Services

Family support services in Macoupin, Montgomery and Sangamon counties are organized into categories of help that they provide. This list is frequently up dated and contains support services that have been proven to be helpful. Contact names and information are included for each help provider.

- Family Support Services (pdf)

Please E-mail us with information about additional sources of help so we may keep this list current and complete. We would like to know how helpful you found providers on this list.

Contact your local school district's parent program for help making contacts and further parent support and education.


Resources

We meet the education and care needs of the early childhood community, contribute to a wholesome local environment and provide a setting where people of various religious and ethnic backgrounds can work together for the early childhood community. The program includes full integration of all special needs and at risk children.

  • Care-O-sel Child Care and Education is a non-profit, charitable, non-sectarian, interracial and non-political organization. Our purpose is to provide education and full-day care that benefits the child, the parent and the community, while in full compliance with state license requirements.
  • For more information, please read or download our online Program Brochure (pdf) and Handbook.
  • Please contact us for more information.


Parent-Teacher

  • The Virden Parent Place, a parent/teacher resource room was established in 1995. The Virden Parent Place is supported by grant funds.

    Parent classes are offered and taught by Care-O-sel staff through Lincoln Land Community College. Six Parent Educators staff the program. Parent support groups and home visits are provided.

  • The Virden Parent Place has a book and toy lending library with resources and videos for parents to check out. A "warm line" is provided for parents to call when they have questions or conerns about young children. Play days are offered for children up to 3 years old, with structured and unstructured activities. Attending children grow, develop and benefit from interaction with other children. A monthly newsletter lists Virden Parent Place activities, tips and information on raising young children.
  • A Prevention Intervention program was established in 1998 at the Virden Parent Place to serve families in crisis. Security and support are given to parents so they can do their best in raising their children. Community resources are used to help with critical needs.
  • The inclusionary preschool portion of the program was so successful that it grew and moved to the elementary school in 1996. It moved intact and continues to be coordinated by the Care-O-Sel. The school age program moved to it's own center and is presently working on accreditation as an independent site. The Care-O-sel employs twenty-two staff ranging from entry-level aides to bachelor mastered degreed coordinators, parent educators and directors.