Early Childhood

City of Rockford Human Services Head Start Program

City of Rockford Head Start provides services to children ages birth to five years old and pregnant women. Program options include:

  • Center-based pre-school, part day and full day
  • Child care through local partners
  • Home-based services

Eligibility for Head Start services is based on family income. The program strives to maximize a child’s strengths and provide a rich environment by providing each child a variety of successful experiences. Family support services, information and referrals assist parents and caretakers in their efforts to meet the basic needs of all family members.
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Two Rivers Head Start Agency – Birth to Five

The Illinois Head Start Association (IHSA) was incorporated in 1978 to represent and provide services for all members of the Head Start community:’directors, staff, parents, and friends.’The Association is committed to enhancing the development of children, empowering families and strengthening communities. In the advocacy role, the Association speaks in a unified voice and acts on issues affecting children and families. It provides professional development opportunities for all members through conferences and institutes and awards training scholarships annually. Serves Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane&Kendall Counties.

  • Phone: 630-406-1444


Belvidere School District Early Childhood Program

  • 1201 5th Ave.
    Belvidere, Illinois 61008
  • Phone: 815-544-0301


Harlem School District Early Childhood Program

  • Donald Parker Center
    808 Harlem Blvd. Machesney Park, IL 61115
  • Phone: 815-654-4509

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Rockford Public School District Early Childhood Program

  • 201 S. Madison Street
    Rockford, Illinois 61104
  • Phone: 815-227-8411


Illinois Early Learning Project ECAP/CEEP U of I at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois Early Learning Project Web site is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois. The Web site offers printable Tip Sheets for caregivers and parents in English, Spanish, and Polish; answers to Frequently Asked Questions; a customized question-answering service; a statewide calendar of events for parents and caregivers; an easy-to-use database of links to “the best of the Web” on topics related to early care and education; activities related to the Illinois Early Learning Standard Benchmarks; the Illinois Projects in Practice Web site; and periodic “Ask an Expert” events. The IEL Web site became publicly accessible in November 2001.

  • Children’s Research Center
  • 51 Gerty Drive
    Champaign, IL 61820

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