Children’s Enrichment Programs

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To complement our home-based Birth-to-Three Early Intervention services, our Children’s Enrichment Program organizes social gatherings and activities to provide critical interaction for families with infants and toddlers with vision loss or multiple disabilities. During these sessions, families engage in traditional and adaptive preschool activities related to music, art, sensory exploration, free play, circle time and food preparation.

Programs and special events are listed below.  Advanced registration for all programs is required. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at The Chicago Lighthouse North at 222 Waukegan Rd. in Glenview.


Parent Support Group with Dr. Michael C. Smith

Our parent-focused support group is led by clinical psychologist Michael C. Smith, PhD from the Bergman Institute. This group fosters connection and community by providing a setting for parents to speak freely with fellow parents about raising a child with a disability. While parents meet, children engage in a guided playgroup supervised by Chicago Lighthouse program staff.

2018 Schedule:
Second Tuesday of each month | 6:30 – 8 p.m

Parent Support Group with Shelle Hamer, and Marla Garstka

Our parent-focused support group, held in Elgin, is provided in both Spanish and English.

This group fosters connection and community by providing a setting for parents to speak freely with fellow parents about raising a child with a disability. While parents meet, children engage in a guided playgroup supervised by Chicago Lighthouse program staff.

2018 Schedule:
June 21, July 19, August 23


Music Therapy

This program promotes language development and social interaction through fun songs and musical instruments.

Ages: 6 months – 6 years (siblings welcome)
Fee: $8/session (siblings, $4/session)

Classes are held on Saturday mornings.

2018 Schedule: en Español
July 21, August 11, Sept. 08, Oct. 13, Nov. 03,
December 8 – Recital/Holiday Treats


Parent/Family Education Programs

Respect, Responsiblilty, & Safety at Home: A presentation by the ISRC
*More dates TBD


Youth Transition Program

We now offer a Youth Transition Program in conjunction with our children’s enrichment series. Learn more about this exciting new program designed for teens and young adults who are blind or visually impaired as they transition into adulthood.


For more information, please contact:

Shelle Hamer
Manager, Children’s Enrichment Program
(847) 510-2055
Email Shelle