By the time a child reaches preschool age, he/ she will benefit from playing with others.
Playing with others close to he/her age helps a young child learn how to cooperate, problem solve and develop socially and emotionally.
Not all parents want to enroll their children in programs outside of the home. Preschool playgroups offer parents an opportunity to come together on a regular basis, socialize with one another and provide opportunities for their child to play with others close to his/her age. In southern Illinois, most playgroups are offered through community churches. Some are free and some charge a yearly or monthly fee . They each have their own schedule, focus and organizational structure. MOPS ( Mothers of Preschoolers) programs are being offered in Herrin, Marion and Murphyboro. Other play groups are being sponsored for families in Elkville and Marion. For more detailed information and to learn more about these programs go to our listing at : http://www.sifamilies.org/preschool-playgroups.html. If you know of other play groups in your community, let us know, so we can include them on our list!