Here are some resources for addressing family needs and education resources to help engage your kids in activities that will assist them in their own stages of development. We recommend that guardians use a combination of the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and the ECASD 4 Year Old Benchmark to approximate their child's development. Each document linked above provides different levels of understanding and how to best prepare your child for success in Kindergarten. These tools are not intended to be evaluation resources, rather as a way for parents to get a feel for state standards and expectations moving into Kindergarten.
Resources for Family Support in Our Local Community
Literacy Chippewa Valley is a community-based literacy organization that offers adults the opportunity to gain the skills they need to make a better life for themselves and their families. This includes assistance for citizenship exams, corrections education, workplace literacy, G.E.D., classes for English language learners (ELLs), and their family literacy programs. Their free services not only help the learners and their families, but they also enrich the entire Chippewa Valley community. (https://www.literacychippewavalley.org/)
Feed My People Food Bank has many available agencies listed in the Eau Claire area regarding hunger relief. They also have information about the 2-1-1 Great Rivers food hotline and about WI's FoodShare program and the application process. (https://www.fmpfoodbank.org/get_help.phtml/eau_claire_county/)
The Community Table is a partner of the UWEC ECLIPSE program. They offer free meals to anyone on a no questions asked basis, during their designated mealtimes. Visit their website for more information regarding meal times and volunteer opportunities. (http://thecommunitytable.org/)
The Family Resource Center is a non-profit organization that offers playgroups, home visits, parent cafes, a toy lending library, parenting education courses, and other programming to address family needs. Almost all services are free and there are no qualifications for services or referrals needed. (https://www.frcec.org/)