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Mom Groups Around Champaign-Urbana and Beyond

Mom Groups and Playgroups in the Champaign-Urbana Area and Beyond
Written by Publishing Team

Looking to join a group of moms in Champaign, Urbana and the surrounding communities?

If you are looking for an opportunity to meet other moms, make new friends, and share your experiences, consider joining one of the moms or playgroups in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Some mothers’ groups are denominational or affiliated with a religion, while others are not. some charge a membership fee while others are free. But the main goal of all groups is to provide opportunities for local parents to meet other parents and find companionship and support in a fun and caring social environment.

Playgroups, for the purposes of this list, are different in that there is probably no “agenda” or defined activities; rather they offer a chance to connect, often somewhere in the community like a playground. Mommy groups (dad groups too!) and playgroups provide a chance to connect socially with other parents the same age as your children.

Many groups start in the fall and run throughout the school year, although others meet year round. Some groups are meeting exclusively in person at this time, while others are also connecting virtually.

Editor’s Note: Something to note – chambanamoms.com is NOT a moms group. We are a trusted community information center. We love supporting resources for families in our community! If you know of other parent groups not listed here, please email us at editor@chambanamoms.com so that we can add your information to this list.

Mother groups (non-denominational)

Champaign County Mother’s Center

It is a long-standing social and support group for mothers of children of all ages. While they regularly host games and field trips for moms and their kids, many events are mom-focused with social activities like moms nights, a book club, and brunches. An open information day is organized each fall.

If anyone is interested in joining the Champaign County Mothers Center, visit the Facebook page, their website, or email them for information on events and meetings.

CU sister

This group is designed to empower women and relieve the isolation and loneliness that sometimes comes with parenthood. The goal is to surround yourself with non-judgmental support, empathy, and validation by sharing experiences and learning new ways to cope.

Like their Facebook page or join their Facebook group for more information.

Mahomet Parents Network

The Mahomet Village Parents Network is an ever-growing service created and delivered by local Mahomet moms with young children. They wish to serve the community by supporting the parents within it and cultivating strong relationships before the first day of kindergarten.

Check them out on Facebook for a list of all the upcoming events. Smaller groups of children, divided into one-year age groups, may have the opportunity to come together.

Beyond Blue Support Group (happening virtually)

Please join this group, organized by Crisis Nursery, for the Beyond Blue support group. There are bi-weekly activities related to understanding and recognizing your mental health. It is a safe and supportive space for you to be heard.

Faith-based mom groups

MOPS

MOPS or Mothers of Preschoolers is aimed at mothers whose children are born until kindergarten. MOPS groups meet all over the world, but there are several MOPS locals in the area, including those in Savoy, Danville and Tuscola.

NEXT, another branch of MOPS, is for moms who have school-aged children. A chapter of Tuscola from NEXT meets in Tuscola. For more information on MOPS or MOMSnext chapters in your area, visit the MOPS website.

Muhammad MOMS

Mahomet MOMS is a group of moms offering support to moms. Whether you are expecting your first child or are already a mom, ALL moms are welcome to come and enjoy a few free hours, a hot breakfast and a chance to meet new people and make new friends. Learn how other moms cope with the ups and downs of life, parenting, marriage, spiritual needs, and have a little or a lot of fun too. The Muhammad MOMS Facebook page has the most recent information on activities and events. They meet mainly from September to May.

empty arms

Empty Arms Ministry is a bereavement support network created by mothers who have experienced the loss of an infant. They aspire to bring understanding and compassion to parents who have suffered the loss of a baby as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. They invite grieving parents, adult family members and friends to learn more about the grieving process, to grow through the experience and to share in each other’s lives. Email emptyarms@windsorroad.org with any questions or for more information. Empty Arms takes place at Windsor Road Christian Church.

Play groups

Do you know a group of mothers or a playgroup in the Champaign-Urbana sector that is not on this list? Please email us at editor@chambanamoms.com.

Good beginnings

Good Beginnings is a program for parents and their children aged 0-5. According to the website, “children are introduced to socialization and hands-on activities that help stimulate and develop various senses while allowing you, the parent, to be a part of it all! Music, arts / crafts, and circle time can be expected at each session. They meet once a week at the cooperative nursery school in Urbana. Call (217) 384-1128 to register. More information on the cooperative nursery school website.

Brilliant starts

Not exactly a playgroup, but a free community opportunity to connect with other families of preschoolers and enjoy preschool classes, dinner and more at monthly events. Visit the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana website to learn more about Bright Starts, dates and how to register in advance.

Gender Equal Children’s Play Group

Uniting Pride recently hosted its first group of games for families with children of different genders aged 5-9 at the Champaign Public Library. No other dates are scheduled at this time, but we encourage you to follow Uniting Pride on Instagram to see if more dates are announced soon.

Library Storytelling Hours

There are so many great libraries in the Champaign-Urbana area and beyond that offer story time for specific age groups. Storytelling hours typically include crafts, songs, games, and more. Check the chambanamoms.com calendar to find out when and where they are offered.

Groups suspended or on which we cannot find recent information (2020 and beyond)

Editor’s Note: We realize that an absence of updates and information on the groups below since March 2020 does not necessarily mean that the group no longer exists. We will monitor for updates on these groups and share current information if they start meeting in the near future.

International playgroups for families at Orchard Downs

University Housing hosts playgroups at Orchard Downs for its residents, and they take place on Mondays, Thursdays and some Saturdays. For children from 0 to 5 years old and their guardian (s).

Monticello Moms Group

A community of mothers who share time and talents with each other in a welcoming and supportive environment. They share the joys and challenges of their lives, form friendships and benefit from educational and social activities. In the past, they met on the first and third Tuesday of September through May at the United Methodist Church in Monticello from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. They welcome all mothers, whatever the stage of their life. .

Windsor Road Moms Group

The Windsor Road Moms Group welcomes mothers of different ages and stages of parenthood who seek a deeper relationship with God and wish to find a community of women founded on the Word. This group is designed to help moms place their relationship with God as their top priority. You can attend either Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning, the content is identical. Advance registration is required for babysitting and there is a nominal fee.

GEMS – God kissing single mothers

GEMS – God Embracing Moms who are Single is a ministry in Champaign-Urbana that supports single mothers in our region. Email Kim at GEMS@windsorroad.org for more detailed information on upcoming events or visit https://www.windsorroad.org/gems.

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