[Parent Outreach] DRD Cook-out event

 ” Men Uniting to Educate our Children”  that happen on June 23, 2018. 
The purpose for that event was to have uncles, fathers, grandpas, godfathers, older brother, or any male role model that is involved in a child’s education to come and enjoy that day with the children’s.
We had our Money Bonanza played out for the fathers to play games with the kids. We also had a soccer game fathers vs. children.
To top it off all the fathers were able to receive free Brookfield Zoo tickets and raffle prices. We gather donations from our community to be able to purchase the gifts for the fathers. 
We also would like to thank our donors for the support. 

[RCADD] No school? No problem!

Parents: We have plenty of structured learning activities for you to use with your child at home during this break.
Teachers: We have plenty of activities to stock up your classroom with in the fall!

Adapted Books 

For children with autism and developmental delays, adapted books help with comprehension  and engagement. We have several ideas for adapted books at RCADD, and you also get the board book that goes with the adaptation. Check out our adapted version of Old Mac Donald and Grumpy Bird. Ask to see some of the other selections that we have. *limited, varies.

File Folders & Other Activities

Keep reinforcing math, literacy, and life skills this summer with file folder activities. We have plenty of examples at our centers to give you some ideas!

Social Stories & Visual Tools

Stay ahead of things this summer by using visual tools that help prepare your child or student for what to expect. Now is the time to start working on back to school social stories


We Thank You For Your Support

On behalf of the UIC Center for Literacy (CFL) staff and the families we serve, “Thank You” all for supporting the Unlocking Opportunities fundraiser this past Friday, June 29th at Ph.D. Pub.

Your contribution will help support services that impact Chicago families and youth served by CFL.

We thank you for supporting quality, research-based programs that make a difference in literacy, education, autism, community engagement and economic self-sufficiency.

Folks are Talking RCADD: Connecting Our Patrons with Community Resources

RCADD hosted UIC’s Assistive Technology Unit at our West location to provide an overview on assistive technology to our Spanish speaking patrons. The overview explained how assistive technology could benefit children with autism, as well as how to secure the resources with Medicaid. The hosted training was well received by our patrons, and they were very engaged. UIC’s Assistive Technology Unit did a great job, and we are looking forward to more opportunities to work with them.


Submitted by Angela Duffy

Universal Pre-K Social Media Language – Mayor Emanuel is making pre-kindergarten universal!

Today Mayor Emanuel announced plans to make full-day pre-kindergarten universal for 4-year-olds across Chicago! This will start with an additional 3,700 full-day seats at CPS next school year, and within four years will be available to every child in every neighborhood in the city. 

This plan focuses first on the children and families most in-need and will expand more every year to ensure universal access to high quality programs.

Once implemented, Mayor Emanuel will have added 3.5 years of classroom time since 2011 when he began shifting away from the shortest school day and the shortest school year in Illinois. And the academic results are paying off, with researchers at Stanford and the U of C pointing to Chicago as the place to learn how to improve urban education.

We encourage you to spread the word about today’s exciting Chicago Universal Pre-K announcement with your communities and networks through social media, email newsletters, and any other channels.


Link to Press Release: http://bit.ly/PreK4Chicago


This content is provided by www.chicagoearlylearning.org

AmeriCoprs Project MORE Recruitment Begins NOW!

Through volunteerism, Project MORE seeks to build a lifelong ethic of service to better serve
communities and positively transform lives. 

Since 2003, over 350 national service volunteers have completed a year of service, providing tutoring in GED/ESL, conducting family, financial and work readiness workshops for Chicago Early Learning parents. AmeriCorps also supports volunteer management workshops for organizations and service projects benefiting communities during the year.

Recruitment begins NOW! 


  • Recruits community volunteers for Center programs.
  • Collaborates with community organizations and support various service projects benefiting Chicago communities including
    • MLK Service Day (serving homeless families)
    • 9/11 Day of Service engaging veterans in service
    • AmeriCorps Week among Others
  • AmeriCorps members receive a modest living stipend ($15,000/year) and those who successfully complete their service receive an education award to cover education expenses (Full-time award of $5,815+, Minimum time award $1,230)
  • Builds an ethic of service & awareness of the importance of volunteerism
  • Connects people from different walks of life & educational backgrounds allowing them to learn from one another’s experience; members range in age from 18-64+, educational levels vary from individuals working towards a high school equivalency to those with a post-graduate degree
  • Provides a welcoming environment for program participants. Many members come from the communities served and become role models and mentors.
  • AmeriCorps members receive bi-weekly training to enhance their professional development, communication, and civic engagement abilities while preparing for life after service.
  • Provides hands-on valuable work experience in the education/literacy field
  • Over 20 current staff at the Center for Literacy are former AmeriCorps members.


UIC AmeriCorps Project MORE
1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 651
Chicago, IL 60608
T: 312-355- 4227
E: Americorpsprojectmore@gmail.com

University of Illinois Extension – What is All My Money?

A part of the University of Illinois, University of Illinois Extension program will launch financial training sessions throughout the summer. 

Train-the-trainer classes for All My Money will be held in 5 Illinois locations this summer. Included in the 2-day training is a hard copy of our beautiful new curriculum in a 3-ring binder, a Resource Box with activity materials, plus PDFs of all the files on a USB drive. 

The regular price of the training is $230. Counselors and other professionals can receive 13 hours of continuing education for a small additional fee.

Register or get the details for each training site:   

Sterling (northwest IL) – June 12-13

Chicago – downtown  – June 25 & 26  

Decatur – July 31 & Aug. 1  

Lake Villa (Lake County) – August 20-21 

Kankakee – September 13-14


This content was provided by University of Illinois Extension. 


RCADD’s Annual Exchange with professionals from Japan

RCADD West’s annual exchange with Dr. Kiyoshi Yamaki, Research Associate Professor, Disability and Human Development, took place on April 16, 2018. RCADD shared the services it provides with
visiting social service, educational, and counseling professionals from Japan.

This exchange continues to be a wonderful experience for the RCADD team.


Submitted by Angela Duffy, Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays

JOIN US! June 29, 2018 – UIC Center for Literacy- Unlocking Opportunities Fundraiser

Join us at the Center for Literacy’s 1st Annual Fundraiser to help us unlock opportunities for families in Chicago. The Center for Literacy is based out of the UIC College of Education. We provide families with access to high quality, research-based learning opportunities. Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty and collectively strengthen communities through family learning services. Funds generated from this event will support services including:
  • Adult Education Programming: High School Equivalency and ESL Classes
  • Social Service & Career Transition Support for Parents
  • Financial, Family, and Work Readiness Workshops
  • Summer Youth Employment
  • Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays
  • Community Engagement/Volunteer Services
Event Details: UIC Center for Literacy – Unlocking Opportunities Fundraiser
Date: Friday, June 29, 2018
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: PhD Pub – 1257 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607
$50 tickets 
Includes open bar & food from 6pm-8pm (taco cart from 6-8pm)
Enjoy some food, drinks, silent auction, karaoke & more!
PURCHASE TICKETS AT: cfl.ed.uic.edu/unlockopps 
If you are unable to attend but would like to support the cause, please visit our website to make a donation.
For more information contact: 
Website: CFL.UIC.EDU  
E-mail: CFL@UIC.EDU or 312-413-8085
We hope to see you there!

Fun Filled Money Bonanza Event at Nathaniel Greene Elementary School

Parent Outreach, participated in the “ Week Of The Young Child”  at Nathaniel Greene Elementary School on April 27th 2018. The PO team hosted another successful fun-filled money bonanza event.  Sharing resources and information with a total of 43 adults and 69 children.