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Lincoln Parents' Center

Our Mission: To positively impact child development and nurture healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early years.


Our Values: The early years matter most!  Support every family!  Maximize community systems.  Become Ever Better.  Honor all with honesty, compassion, and integrity.


Since 1997 Lincoln Parents’ Center (LPC) has provided year-round early education services for Lincoln and the surrounding communities. LPC was established to support parents of very young children because parents are the first and most influential teachers of their children. Research has shown that in their first few years children learn more and at a much faster pace than at any other time in life. Because these crucial early years lay the foundation for children’s success in school and life, it is important that parents have access to timely information on child development, an opportunity to talk with other parents and resources that will help sustain their family. LPC offers parents these supports as they encounter the joys and challenges of rearing their children.


Program Information

NEW! We are now a Baby TALK program!

Lincoln Parents’ Center programs are available to all families who have children ages birth through three residing in the Lincoln community area. There are no fees to participate in the programs. For more information about enrolling in the programs, call the Lincoln Parents’ Center at (217) 735-4192. A certified Family Support Specialist will contact you.


What We Provide

  • Personal Visits

    Personalized home visits by certified Family Support Specialists, trained in child development, help parents understand what to expect in each stage of their child’s development. During these visits, Family Support Specialists share age-appropriate child development information with parents, help them learn to observe their own child, address their parenting concerns, and engage the family in activities that provide meaningful parent-child interaction.

  • Family Activities and Support

    Play and Learn: LPC provides a playgroup that meets twice a month for children birth to age five (pre-kindergarten). Age-appropriate activities, snack, and group time are offered during Play and Learn.


    Group Meetings: Parent group meetings provide opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents gain new insights, share experiences, and discuss topics of interest to parents with young children.


    Parent-child group meetings give parents the opportunity to meet other parents in the community and have fun playing with their family. Parents learn from and support each other, observe their children interacting with other children, and practice parenting skills.


  • Developmental Screenings

    Trained Family Support Specialists conduct periodic screenings of the child’s overall development. Using the Ages and Stages screening tool, the goal is to provide early detection of potential problems to prevent difficulties later in school.

  • Resource Network

    Connections to Local Agencies

    Family Support Specialists

    work closely with various local agencies to ensure that families get the services they need beyond the scope of the Lincoln Parents’ Center. Lincoln Parents’ Center uses a mutual referral system with various local agencies to help families access community services.


    Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois


    Community Connection Point:


    Healthy Communities Partnership


    Lincoln Area YMCA


    Logan County Health Department


    Lincoln Public Library



    Web Resources for Parents


    Spoonful: Family Fun Games by Age


    Spoonful: Family Fun Language and Learning Games


    Baby Zone: Baby Development


    Baby Zone: Special Needs


    Preschool Express




    Zero to Three




    Winter Coats and Car Seats - Check for Safety


    Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning


    Center on the Developing Child


    Resource Library

    The Lincoln Parents’ Center has developed a parent resource library that contains books and parenting information on topics such as discipline, child care, potty training, and the importance of reading to your child. The resources are made available to parents through our Center.



    Download LPC's Resource Library List (PDF)

Lincoln Parents' Center Resources





November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Calendar

2016-17 Play and Learn Times





Contact Information

Lincoln Parents' Center

 305 N. Kickapoo Street

Lincoln, IL 62656

 (217) 735-4192


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