The families enrolled in the ROE (Regional Office of Education) #3’s Learning Express program enjoyed a special Meet the Machines family night on Thursday, Sept. 2, at the ROE #3 office in downtown Hillsboro.
The little learners and their families got a chance to check out several big trucks and talk to their operators during the Group Connections meeting which focused on safety and community helpers. Taylor Springs Fire Department, Elams Towing, the Montgomery County Sheriff Department, Hillsboro Area Ambulance and DC Waste and Recycling Inc. collaborated with the Learning Express program to host the event.
In addition to exploring the big machines, the children in attendance got a chance to hone their fine motor skillPπs by doing some fun “truck” painting, using colorful acrylics and toy trucks as painting tools. They also went home with their own toy trucks and new books, in addition to a light snack.
ROE #3 Learning Express is a free, voluntary program that serves families in Montgomery, Fayette, Christian and Effingham counties, funded by the Early Childhood Division of the Illinois State Board of Education.
The program is open to expectant parents and families with children up to the age of three.
Parent educators make weekly home visits to enrolled families, where they provide developmentally appropriate activities and help to smoothly transition children into the preschool system.
Each month the Learning Express families are invited to attend Group Connections meetings where enrollees can interact and have fun with their children.
For more information on Learning Express ROE #3 contact Program Director Paula White at 217-532-9605 or via email at email@example.com.