DeKalb County Basics has been selected for funding through a federal program that is getting closer to fruition. The organization is set to receive $150,000 for parenting classes. The funding is tied to a bill that has cleared the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and will be under consideration by the full House of Representatives.
Basics DeKalb County Team Lead Courtney Hill says the organization, which operates through the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education, teaches parents how to help their children develop healthy brains. The grant money would be used to start parenting classes in Sandwich, Hinckley, and Sycamore.
Hill says one of the goals is to make is as easy as possible to get parents into classes including reducing financial barriers.
Hill says parents don't really need any extras to boost their children's development and can get started right away at home.
Depending on when the funding is approved by Congress, Hill says the classes could start early next year. She says the classes are ready to go for the most part, but are just awaiting the funding.
DeKalb County Basics encourages parents to follow five basics which are maximize love, minimize stress; talk, sing, and point; count, group, and compare; explore through movement and play; and read and discuss stories.
The funding was secured through Fourteenth District Congresswoman Lauren Underwood's Office.