As we learn how to navigate COVID-19, I have given much consideration on how to best meet the needs of providers and families, while also being socially responsible during this unprecedented time in our country and world. I have decided to close the CFC #17 office to the general public beginning 3-17-2020 and tentatively re-opening on 3-31-2020. I will reassess the situation to assure that staff is safe before re-opening.
CFC #17 will be suspending all face to face meetings during this time period, and will only be facilitating services via phone during this time. Families have the right to refuse services as the program is voluntary, and have the right to request that services be placed on hold. As for new referrals, the evaluation process and implementation of services may be delayed during this time.
I deeply appreciate your understanding in these efforts to keep all of us safe and healthy.
Kara Hoffman, Program Director
Child and Family Connections #17
About Child & Family Connections
Child & Family Connections will assist your family with evaluations and assessments for your child, birth to age three, to determine eligibility for Early Intervention services. We will then assist in developing an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), to help your child learn and grow, and to link you to many services in the community.
Early Intervention Services include:
- Assistive Technology
- Developmental Therapy
- Developmental Therapy-Hearing DTH
- Developmental Therapy-Vision DTV
- Occupational Therapy
- Parent Liaison
- Physical Therapy
- Social-Emotional Consulting
- Speech & Language Therapy
It is Up to You!
Helping your child reach his/her developmental milestones is the goal of all therapists. However, accomplishing these goals can only happen if you are involved.
- Observe/Interact during the entire therapy session.
- Ask the therapists questions.
- Make sure you understand what the therapists are doing.
- Follow the directions of the therapists.
Your child counts on YOU to provide him/her with the necessary skills that will lead to their highest level of development.
Helpful Child & Family Resources
Credential Agency for CFC / EI
The Hope Institute for Children and Families is a nonprofit center providing educational, residential and health services to children ages 5-21 with multiple developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Are you looking for literacy strategies for children with sensory losses? Children who do not use a formal language system? Children who have multiple disabilities and complex learning challenges?
Child & Family Connections (CFC), serves Adams, Pike, Brown, Cass, Morgan, Scott, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun counties. CFC staff will assist your family with evaluations and assessments of your child to determine eligibility for Early Intervention Services, birth to age three. CFC staff will then assist in developing an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), to help your child learn and grow, and link you to services you choose.
Quincy Staff & Territories
Kara Hoffman - Program Manager and Service Coordinator for CFC #17 - Adams and Brown Counties; Local Inter-agency Council Coordinator; AT Coordinator for CFC #17.
Sarah Shelley - Service Coordinator - Adams and Pike Counties
Alexis Fey - Service Coordinator - Adams County
Rebecca Molitor - Social Emotional Consultant
Jo Ann Jones - Developmental Pediatric Consultant
Jacksonville Satellite Office
125 Webster Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650
Phone 217.245.8755 Fax 217.243.1565
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jacksonville Staff & Territories
Julie Vineyard - Service Coordinator - Jersey, Greene, and Calhoun Counties
Angela (Angie) Barfield - Service Coordinator - Scott, Morgan, Pike, and Greene Counties
Jordan Gill - Service Coordinator - Cass and Morgan Counties
|License Type||Required PD hours||Registration Fees|
|Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed in teaching or school support personnel|
Things to Watch for in the Development of Young Children
|Gross Motor||Fine Motor||Social/Play||Hearing/Vision|
|A baby can usually pick up his/her head to look around after three months.||After four months, the hands of a baby should be mostly open an dshould no longer be in tiny fists or with thumbs tucked in.||By four months, a baby smiles when spoken to and reaches out to be held by six months.||A baby will usually blink at shadows and by four months follow objects with eyes.|
|A baby can usually site up after eight months.||Infants and toddlers should not use one hand more than the other all of the time.||By nine months, babies try to imitate sounds.||An infant or toddler startles at loud noises and should fuss to be fed, have a diaper changed, or to be held. A baby should not be irritable all the time.|
|A baby should kick both legs at the same time and should not always push back with his/her shoulders when sitting. He/she should not arch the back and neck when lying on his/her back.||By age one, a baby can pinch cereal bits between one finger and thumb.||Around eighteen months, a toddler likes to imitate adults and should have 5-10 spoken words.||By 6 months, a baby is interested in toys and people. He/she should try to locate the source of sound.|
|A toddler usually walks by fifteen months.||By the age of two he/she likes to play near other children. A child should also use two-word phrases at this age.||A toddler should not always have to hold items closely to see when and eyes should not cross for long periods.|