MAIN LIBRARY 847-742-2411
270 N. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120
MONDAY-THURSDAY 9am-9pm
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9am-6pm
SUNDAY Noon-5pm
RAKOW BRANCH 847-531-7271
2751 W. Bowes Rd. Elgin, IL 60124
MONDAY-THURSDAY 9am-8pm
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9am-5pm
SUNDAY Noon-5pm

Parenting Links

Local Preschools and Daycares

Area Preschools and Daycare Centers - Click on the name of a preschool or daycare to see its address, phone number, and other information. This list is maintained by Gail Borden Public Library. 

Child Care Referrals - The YWCA offers personalized child care referrals to parents in DuPage and Kane Counties. Visit their website for more information.

Parent Information on the Web

These websites provide parenting information and advice.  Included are sites that offer advice on feeding your child, discipline, development, behavior and dealing with common problems.

20 fun indoor activities for bored children
Fun, easy activities you can do with supplies you already have in the house.

Bed Wetting
The National Kidney Foundation provides bed-wetting information and support.

Car Seats
Car seat recommendations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This information is also available in Spanish.

Chicago Parent
This is a top resource for for parenting issues, education, special needs parenting, health and fun for kids and their parents in the Chicago area.

Go West Young Mom
Stories about family fun west of Chicago, including a calendar of events.  

Internet Resources for Special Children
Directory of resources for children with disabilities and other health related disorders.

Kid Games
Rules for many indoor and outdoor games, from Amoeba Tag to Winkum.

KidsHealth
Health information and support separated into three sites: one for parents, one for kids and one for teenagers.

Literary Mama
Literary magazine showcasing writing about motherhood.

National Stepfamily Resource Center
Information and resources for blended families.

Oaklees Guide
Locate activities for kids, indoor and outdoor events, zoos, school and childcare information, and much more.

Responsible Single Fathers Forum
A forum for custodial and non-custodial single fathers.

Talking to 'Tweens
An article about communicating with your middle-schooler, by Harvard Medical School psychologist and child development expert Dr. Lawrence Kutner.

Talk with your kids
Tips for talking with your kids about tough issues. Spanish version of this site also.

Text4Baby
Free text message to help moms through pregnancy and the baby's first year. Also available in Spanish.

Zero To Three
Straightforward articles about encouraging the development of babies and toddlers.