Our Mission
To encourage parenting behaviors which lead to a child's secure attachment, confident exploration, and effective communication - building the foundation for future success in school and community.

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

We are 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.

About our Program

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.

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 Activites & 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.

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.  View the resources below!


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Our Team

305 N. Kickapoo St., Lincoln, IL 62656 • 217-735-4192

Becky Beggs

Lincoln Parents' Center Coordinator

Gretchen Jones

Family Support Specialist

Natalya Jones

Family Support Specialist

Kayla States

Family Support Specialist

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