Frequently asked questions

    Who participates in Early Birds?

    Early Birds participants include parents and caregivers of young children, ages birth to five. This means fathers are welcome too! Even if you are not a child's parent but spend time caring for a child, please join us! Grandparents, relatives, foster care families, child care providers, and teachers have all participated in Early Birds.

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    Why should I participate?

    As a parent or caregiver of young child, you are his/her first and most important teacher! Early Birds will give you practical information on how to best prepare your child for school success! Plus, with each class, you'll receive quality toys for free!

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    How much does it cost?

    With the generous support from our donors, Early Birds is provided free of charge to program participants.

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    Do I have to meet any requirements?

    There are no special requirements to attend an Early Birds class. Participants do not need a referral from another agency or organization.

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    Where are classes held?

    Classes are held in 4 different school districts at various locations. Visit this section of our website to find a class near you.

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    When are the classes and how often?

    The classes are offered three times each year during the fall, winter, and spring. You will need to contact your school district or visit their district website to learn about class dates and times. Visit this section of our website to contact your school district.

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    How do I sign up to attend a class?

    Visit this section of our website, and contact an Early Birds coordinator in your school district. The district coordinators will register you for a class. Some districts have an online registration form that participants can complete. Again, check with the specific district.

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    How long is the program?

    Early Birds is a 16 class program beginning with a prenatal class. Once your baby is born, you will attend classes 3 times per year, during the fall, winter, and spring — for 5 consecutive years. The classes are each 90 minutes and offered in the evenings and on Saturdays.

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    Can I bring my children?

    Of course! We offer free, on-site child care by professional child care providers so that participants can attend Early Birds.

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    What if I need to leave early or arrive late?

    It is best to participate in the class for the full 90 minutes, but if you will be late or leaving early participants need to let the Early Birds Coordinator know ahead of time. Depending on the situation, the coordinator will decide if it's best for a participant to attend another time instead of missing part of a class. However, if a participant arrives too late to a class or must leave too early, then he/she will not receive the educational materials, including the free toys.

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    Do you offer classes in Spanish?

    We do offer Early Birds in Spanish. We have well-trained bilingual instructors for each district.

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    Do I need to bring anything with me to the classes?

    You will receive a parent handbook when you attend your first class and will need to bring it with you for subsequent classes you attend. All activities and toys will be provided for you. Many participants like to take notes and take contact information of other parents in the class. You may want to have a pen or pencil on hand to do this.

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    If my husband or the child's father attends Early Birds, can we go to different classes?

    Yes. If you have more than one child you may attend a class for each child under 5 years old. We encourage you to attend class together for each child, but if that is not possible, you may attend separate classes at the same time.

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    Can other relatives, such as grandparents, come to the class with me?

    Since relatives often spend time with young children, it is certainly acceptable for them to attend an Early Birds class with you, or if need be, attend a different class if you have more than one child.

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    If I have two different age children, can I come to two different classes in the same week?

    Yes. To receive the information and educational materials for a child, you must attend the 90 minute class. You are welcome to attend one day for each child.

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    What if Early Birds is not offered in my school district, but I want to attend a class?

    Participants are limited to those living in the 4 school districts. However, we suggest calling one of the districts — perhaps the closest one to you — and asking if you can attend. In the past, we have had some participants outside of the 4 districts attend Early Birds. We encourage you to let your district know you want Early Birds classes and suggest they check out the website for more information.

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