New Web Site Connects Parents, Kids with Illinois Resources
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2000
CHICAGO -- Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today launched a
special Internet site that parents and their children can share.
is part of the state’s Futures for Kids initiative, which coordinates
policies, resources and programs for children in the areas of health,
safety and education.
"Futures for Kids is about making our state more effective and efficient
at serving the needs of children and teenagers," Mrs. Ryan said. "This
site is designed to bring together all of the wonderful resources available
to children and families in one location, in an easy to use format.
I wish I had something like this available to me when I was raising
The site includes information to help parents beginning with pregnancy
through the teenage years. At each stage of development, users can choose
one of three sub-sections:
- Healthy Futures provides guidance for such topics as nutrition,
finding a doctor and paying for health care.
- Safe Futures provides information on childproofing your home,
teaching kids about "stranger danger" and how to help them avoid
- Bright Futures has ideas for keeping kids in school and building
Each section is also filled with links to other sites where a childcare
provider can find medical, safety and education assistance. The children
and teens section provides an inside look into the Governor’s Teen
Summit. Last May, this event gathered nearly 100 teens from throughout
Illinois to talk about how to keep their peers from using alcohol, tobacco
and other drugs.
A link to the site may also be found by going to the State of Illinois
Home Page at www.state.il.us.