Bright Start


Bright Start Birth to 5 is dedicated to providing information, support and encouragement to each parent as they enhance their child's ability to learn during the crucial years of birth to 36 months.


  • Increase and enhance positive parent and child interactions.
  • Increase a parent's knowledge of child development and strengthen positive parenting practices.
  • Promote family literacy.
  • Successfully identify children before the age of three that may need further evaluation regarding development, hearing, vision or health.
  • Promote school readiness and parent involvement.

Bright Start is a family support program that has been serving families for over 20 years. Bright Start believes all children should have the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop to reach their full potential. Parents have a unique opportunity to enhance a child's ability to learn during the crucial years of birth to 5. In fact, research shows that positive learning experiences during the early years can affect a child's ability to succeed in school.

Bright Start's certified Parent Educators partner with parents and caregivers to realize their role as their child's first and most influential teacher during the crucial years of birth to 5. Expecting parents may also receive services. Services are provided in the home and at our center. Services are free to families who live in Macon County (Illinois) and meet eligibility guidelines. Bright Start is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Department of Human Services Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant (MIECHV). Bright Start is a Parents as Teachers Affiliate and igrow Macon County Partner.


Macon Resources Receives CQL Accreditation

October 10, 2014

Macon Resources, Inc. has been awarded the four-year CQL Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation from CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. This award confirms that Macon Resources shares CQL's vision for person-centered solutions to improve the quality of life for people receiving supports and services.

Macon Resources has been awarded CQL accreditation as a result of demonstrating proficiency in the following areas:

Basic Assurances – ensuring fundamental safeguards related to health, safety, and human security

Personal Outcome Measures® - supporting and empowering people to achieve their goals and dreams

Person-centered Excellence – demonstrating organizational commitment to continued enhancement of systems directly related to person-centered services

Cathy Ficker Terrill, President and CEO of CQL, stated, "CQL commends Macon Resources for its success in increasing the quality of life for the people it supports. We are pleased to partner with them on this journey." 


Kids Rock! 2015

April 11, 2015

The 6th annual Kids Rock will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 9:30 AM – Noon at Macon Resources, 2121 Hubbard Avenue in Decatur.  Kids Rock is a kid and family-centered event.  At the 11 AM family concert, children can experience the unique live music of Jeanie B!, a Chicago-area award-winning children's entertainer.  The event will also include face painting, interactive vendors and activities, and door prizes.  Proceeds benefit Bright Start, a home visiting program providing parents with the tools they need to build their child's future. Tickets are $6 per person in advance for four years and older; $25 group ticket in advance for five people four years and older.  All children three years and under are free.  Tickets at the door will be $8 per person for four years and older.  Advance tickets (and t-shirts!) can be purchased at Macon Resources, Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, or call 875-1910.


Closed on holidays.


Bright Start
1811 S. Taylor Road
Decatur, IL 62521

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