Parenting

3R’s Learing Materials Center

Screening site bi-monthly for Early Childhood #205 resources and materials for children birth through grade 12

  • 320 N. Alpine Rd. Suite 300
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-398-1600

http://www.the3rs.com

Access Services of Northern Illinois

Provides individual service coordination for children with specific developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and intellectual disability, over the age of 3 years, but focusing on transition services for adolescents. No fees. M-F 8-4:30.

  • 7399 Forest Hills Road
    Loves Park, IL 61111
  • Phone: 815-282-8824

http://www.accessni.com

Early Intervention via Child and Family Connections of Access Services of Northern Illinois

The Early Intervention program in Illinois is for families with infants or toddlers, age birth to 36 months, who have concerns about how their child is developing. A caring and knowledgeable Service Coordinator will meet with the family to explain parents’ rights, and help to determine what evaluations and assessments will be provided by qualified professionals at no cost to the family. If services are recommended, staff will assist in developing an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that will link the family to providers and supports they choose to help their child learn and grow.

  • 1752 Windsor Road, Suite 102 (Street)
    Box 16390 (Mailing)
    Loves Park, IL 61111
  • Phone: 815-654-6170
    Toll Free 800-921-0094
  • Fax: 815-654-6197

http://www.accessni.com/programs/child-and-family-connections

Blackhawk Learning Connection

Provides quality early childhood education and kindergarten readiness.

  • 421 Buckbee Street
    Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-962-8853

http://www.blackhawklearning.com

Boone County Health Department

Boone County Health Department offers a variety of services including WIC, a high risk pregnancy program, family case management, childhood immunizations, lead screening and assessment, preschool vision screening, school physicals, communicable infectious disease surveillance and control, health education, well, septic, and food sanitation, and emergency preparedness. Accepts Medicaid. Sliding scale fees vary by program. Open M-F 8-4:30.

  • 1204 Logan Avenue
  • Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: 815-544-2951

http://www.boonecountyil.org/department/health

Camelot Community Care

Foster Care Services at three levels of intensity with accompanying Case Management and Intensive In-Home Counseling. Camelot programs also include Adoption Services, Crisis Intervention, and service referral/coordination.

  • 5301 E. State St, Suite 208
    Rockford, IL 61108
  • Phone: 815-484-9180

http://www.fosterkidsareourkids.org

Catholic Charities Diocese of Rockford

Catholic Charities provides a crisis pregnancy program and hotline, an Adolescent Outreach parenting/pregnancy program for Boone County residents, adoption services, parenting education, professional counseling and casework services for individuals and families experiencing social, emotional and interpersonal problems, school counseling for children in Catholic grade schools, outreach and emergency services, and immigration/refugee resettlement services including a bilingual outreach.

  • Administration
  • 555 Coleman Drive
  • PO Box 7044
  • Rockford, IL 61125
  • (815) 399-4300

 

  • Belvidere Location
  • 521 S. State Street, Suite 2
  • Belvidere, IL 61008
  • (815) 544-5434

 

  • Immigration and Refugee Services
  • 6116 Mulford Village Drive, Suite 8
  • Rockford, IL 61107
  • (815) 399-1709

 

  • Long Term Care Ombudsman Services
  • 6116 Mulford Village Drive, Suite 9
  • Rockford, IL 61107
  • (815) 316-0040

 

  • St. Elizabeth Community Center
  • 1536 S. Main Street
  • Rockford, IL 61102
  • (815) 969-6526

 

http://catholiccharities.rockforddiocese.org

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Children’s Home and Aid of Illinois

Provides family centered counseling services for children and parents, including those involved in the child welfare system and foster care/adoption situations. These counseling services help improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and maximize the family well-being and academic achievement of these children. Also provides pregnancy and early parent counseling and support. Other services include adoption and foster care services, early childhood care (MotherHouse Crisis Nursery for ages 0-6) and education, residential services, and youth services. Most services are free to Medicaid-eligible children. M-F 8:45-5.

  • Northern Region:
    910 2nd Avenue
    Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-962-1043

http://www.childrenshomeandaid.org

City of Rockford Human Services Department- Early Head Start

Provides services to children ages birth to three years old and pregnant women. Program options include: (1) Center-based pre-school, part day and full day; (2) Child care through local partners; (3) 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.

  • 612 North Church Street
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: 815-987-5480

http://www.rockfordil.gov/human-services/head-start.aspx

Department of Child and Family Services

The Department of Children and Family Services is best known for its child protection services. The goal of the Department’s child protection program is outlined in the state’s’Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act: “The Department of Children and Family Services shall, upon receiving reports made under this Act, protect the best interest of the child, offer protective services in order to prevent any further harm to the child and to other children in the family, stabilize the home environment and preserve family life whenever possible.
Illinois Hotline: 1-800-25-ABUSE/1-800-252-2873.

  • Rockford Office:
  • 200 South Wyman St. #201
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Phone:(815)987-7650
  • Satellite Office:
  • 107 N. Third Street
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: (815)967-3731

http://www.state.il.us/dcfs/child/index.shtml

Easter Seals Family Support Services

Provides a variety of information and support services to help families of children with disabilities. Assistance from staff is unique to each family and is based on the family’s needs and priorities for their child. Services may include parent support groups including Northwest IL Autism Support Group, Ogle County Autism Support Group, Down syndrome Support Group, and Family Support Information Group, as well as parent trainings, consultation, and technical assistance. Services can be provided in the family’s home or another location convenient for the family. No fees. M-F 8:15-4:45.

  • Family Support Services
  • Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago-Rockford Regional Office
  • 815 N. Church St.
  • Rockford, IL 61103
  • 815-965-5069 x 221

http://www.eastersealschicago.org

Easter Seals Family Support Services Respite Program

Serves up to 10 families a month for a total of 20 hours per family. Families chosen on a first come/first serve basis with a wait list used if necessary. Provides a respite worker based on your input and needs for your child. All respite workers have the Illinois State Board of Education Paraprofessional certificate. Eligibility criteria: birth-21; medical diagnosis of a developmental disability; denial from DHS-DORS program or Milestone (listed below) and cannot be used in conjunction with either program; live Winnebago, Boone or Ogle counties. No income guidelines.

  • Family Support Services
  • Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago-Rockford Regional Office
  • 815 N. Church St.
  • Rockford, IL 61103
  • 815-965-5069 x 221

http://www.eastersealschicago.org

Easter Seals – Teen Family Support Program

The Teen Family Support program serves English speaking first-time pregnant and parenting mothers who reside in Winnebago County. Teen mothers must be 19 years of age or younger and pregnant or parenting a baby under 2 weeks old at the time of referral. Services provided include; home visitation, doula support, prenatal group, parenting group, and infant mental health counseling services. Our services promote healthy and stable families through the development of strong parent/child relationships and increased parenting skills.

  • Family Support Services
  • Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago-Rockford Regional Office
  • 815 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61103
  • 815-965-5069 x 221

http://chicago.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ILCH_teen_family_support

Family Counseling Services

Licensed therapists and social workers provide individual counseling, couples, group, and family counseling to children and adults starting at age 4. Counseling Services: Parent-child conflicts, truancy, behavior problems, academic issues, social isolation; re-marriage&’blended’ families’ difficulties; also grief, depression,&anxiety. Accepts most insurance, provide sliding fee scale to Medicaid patients (Medicaid does not cover services). M 8:30’5:00; T&W 8:30’9:00; Th: 8:30’8:30; F: 8:30’1:00

  • 210 North Longwood Street
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-962-5585

http://www.familycounselingrockford.org

First Step Learning, Inc

Provides childcare for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years.

  • 620 Logan Ave-Side
    Belvidere,IL 61008
  • Phone: 815-544-0404

Illinois MENTOR Children’s Services

Illinois MENTOR’s Rockford office provides community-based services to children and adolescents with behavioral or emotional challenges and children with complex medical needs in the Northern Illinois counties. Services include: Therapeutic Foster Care, Medically Fragile Foster Care, Family Preservation/ Reunification, Wraparound Service, and Adoption Services

  • 6701 Clinton Drive
    Loves Park, IL 61111
  • Phone: “815-282-6153
  • Fax: 815-282-7160

http://www.thementornetwork.com

La Voz Latina

La Voz Latina is a non-profit resource center serving Latino clients of all ages. Offers multiple services/programs including: a home visit program for pregnant Latina teens (call La Voz directly in Boone County, WCHD in Winnebago); prenatal and parenting classes; afterschool tutoring and mentor programs; family support services; bilingual parent/child literacy classes; English as a second language classes; adult education & job placement classes including consumer education workshops, small business classes, and employment workshops in partnership with area businesses and institution; scholarships; community development programs; orientation/advocacy/assistance for immigrants/refugees including applicable public benefits; citizenship classes; medical and legal translation; interpretation; information and referral assistance; and Spanish classes for professionals. Most services are provides at no charge.

  • 730 N. Church Street
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: 815-965-5784

http://www.lavozlatina-rkfd.org/

Ken-Rock Community Center

Provides after school programs for youth ages 5-12: recreational programs, social services opportunities, senior services and classes.

  • 3218 11th St.
    Rockford, IL 61109
  • Phone: 815-398-8864

http://www.kenrock.org/

The Literacy Council

Provides Parent and Child Together (PACT) sessions at Circles of Learning and Early Head Start.

  • 982 N. Main St.
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: 815-963-7323

http://www.theliteracycouncil.org/

LYDIA Home Association- Rockford

Lydia Home Association offers “Safe Families for Children” which assists families during times of crisis such as unemployment, eviction or homelessness, family medical crisis, pregnant teens, post partum depression, etc., preventing the need for children to be placed in foster care by offering temporary placement. Also offers LYDIA’s Residential Treatment Program for children and adolescents with severe behavioral problems, provides for counseling services, and has LYDIA Urban Academy in Rockford.

  • 2323 South Sixth St., Suite 2
    Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-966-0039
  • Fax: 815-965-3721

http://www.lydiahome.org

M.A.Y.A.’S House (Shelter Care Ministries)

A day-time, drop-in shelter for homeless children. Provides parents a safe structured, educational environment for their children while allowing them to look for a job or obtain the training or education they need.

  • 412 N. Church St.
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: 815-964-5520

http://www.shelter-care.org/

MELD

MELD provides programs for young mothers and fathers (through 21 years of age) and their children through our MELD Moms & MELD Dads parenting and support groups. The groups meet weekly at local churches and in local high schools. Volunteers provide childcare and healthy snacks to ensure that these families are able to take advantage of our services. Families come together to discuss parenting issues and to share ideas with each other. Life skills, job skills training, GED tutoring and assistance in completing education, career planning and guidance, pre-employment workshops, and employment opportunities and job placement services provided in addition to parenting information and support/resources services. Also provides Transitional Living Program and an emergency shelter known as Trinity House (see separate entries).

  • 3703 N. Main St. #107
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: 815-633-6353
  • Fax: 815-633-8709

http:// www.rockfordmeld.org

Mother House Crisis Nursery (service of Children’s Home and Aid)

Offers 24 hour, 365 day/night nursery services to children, ages newborn to 6 years, for families in crisis. Families in extremely stressful situations can bring their children to Mother House for “free” temporary nursery care. Examples of crises may include violence, homelessness, addiction, hospitalization, NA/AA meetings, counseling, and stress. Provides situational crisis counseling, parent education classes, support groups and parent/child interaction groups. Conducts follow-up calls and home visits to help stabilize family, as well as referral and linkage to commuinty resources.

  • 1603 S. 4th St
    Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-962-4858

http://www.childrenshomeandaid.org

Rockford Day Nursery Early Learning Center

Provides quality care and education for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years.

  • 2323 S. 6th St.
    Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-962-0834

Rosecrance Berry Campus

Provides outpatient counseling and psychiatry services, including group counseling, family therapy, individual counseling. Ages 4-17 years old. Psychiatrists, counselors, case workers, and social workers on staff. Accepts Medicaid and some private insurance. Fees depend on type of insurance. M,F 8am-6pm, T-Th 8am-8pm.

  • 8616 Northern Avenue
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-332-8003

View Rosecrance Berry Campus website

Stepping Stones

Provides preschool, childcare, before/after school summer camp.

  • 11364 2nd St.
    Roscoe, IL 61073
  • Phone: 815-623-7282

YMCA in Belvidere

Offers before school adventure club and afterschool adventure club including homework completion, team building, swimming, team sports, and arts and crafts. Reduced rates for youth membership as well as scholarships for families that need assistance are available. Call for more information.

  • 220 W Locust St.
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: 815-547-5307

http://www.belviderefamilyymca.org

Lutheran Social Services

Provides adoption services, foster care crisis intervention and counseling, pregnancy and parenting counseling/support services, and youth programs. The Adoption Preservation Program is open to all families with adopted children under the age of 18 and provides a stipend for hourly or overnight respite care. Parents must identify their own respite provider. Youth programs include tutoring and mentoring of children in K-8 in the RockfordPublicSchool District. No fees. Hours M-F 8:30-5, others by appointment.

  • 321 W. State St.
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Phone: 815-969-8836

http://www.lssi.org/

YMCA of Rock River Valley

Several programs for children from pre-school through high school.

ID Penbrook&Northeast Branch – provides swimming lessons, preschool gymnastics, preschool sports, babysitting services for parents using facilities, and non-physical preschool programs.

Camp Winnebago – provides kinder camp (summer).

Community Outreach Branch – provides pre-K (school year 1/2 day). Camp Ity Biddy (summer 1/2 or all day). Reduced rates for youth membership as well as scholarships for families that need assistance are available.

  • 200 Y Blvd
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-987-2252

http://www.rockfordymca.org

Other Programs Include

Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a branch of the YMCA of Rock River Valley that provides successful mentoring programs for all children who need and want them. Some of the programs include “Community-Based Menotring”, “School-Based Mentoring” and “RAISE- Reaching and Inspiring Students for Education.”

Teen REACH
Teen REACH provides FREE academic tutoring, cultural exposure, adult mentoring, fun field trips and recreation for youth ages 11 to 14 (6th to 8th grade). Teen REACH is an after school program held at West Middle School and St. Elizabeth Community Center.

Youth Achievers
An Afro-centric socialization program for Middle School youth ages 12-14. This program features interesting, challenging workshops and exciting fun filled educational field trips.

Youth in Action
Youth in Action is a program for boys and girls entering grades 6-9. the program promotes community service, leadership, and friendship. Program meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday 9-11:30am to complete community service projects. On Fridays, students attend fun-filled trips to various locations. The program is FREE of charge. Meeting location is I.D. Pennock Branch.

Learn to Earn
Learn To Earn is FREE program that provides extensive mentoring, counseling, job readiness, life skills, job shadowing and internships for in-school youth ages 16-18. This program also provides academic tutoring and helps improve study and social skills.

Link to Success
Link to Success is a FREE GED program for young adults ages 17-21 that includes academic tutoring, basic job and life skills training, and job shadowing.

YMCA – Stateline Family – Rockton/Roscoe

Offers afterschool Care for grades K-5 and various recreational programs. Multiple other programs available for children and families. Reduced rates for youth membership as well as scholarships for families that need assistance are available. Call for more information.

  • 9901 Main Street
    Roscoe, IL 61073
  • Phone: 815-623-5858

http://statelinefamilyymca.org

Youth Services Network, Inc

Serves youth ages 0-21. YSN addresses mental health and trauma issues by providing counseling, intensive case management, mentoring, tutoring, transportation, and recreation in order to reduce the impact of abuse and life stressors on children and families. YSN also promotes cooperation among social service agencies by providing wrap-around services to children in Winnebago and Boone counties. 24-hour on-call system for emergencies, such as youth who have run away from home, youth who are locked out by their parents, or youth who are homeless. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, truancy, and neglect are the areas of specialty. Licensed social workers, licensed counselors, and licensed marriage&family therapists. No fee to clients. 8am-4:30pm daily, with varied evening hours.

  • 3703 N. Main Street
    Rockford, Illinois 61103
  • Phone: 815-986-1947
  • Crisis line: 815-986-1953
  • Fax 815-986-1954

http://www.ysnkids.com

YWCA of Rockford (Childcare Solutions)

Multiple programs available to serve women and children. Women can come for support in times of crisis, including as survivors of rape or domestic violence. Job training, career counseling, childcare, health and fitness programs, and other programs are available.

  • 4990 E. State St.
  • Rockford, IL 61108
  • Phone: 815-968-6861

Houses Childcare Solutions, a website that provides child care referrals and consumer education to parents, offers training opportunities and technical assistance to child care providers, including mailing, research, QRS visits and consultation/observational visits with infants and toddlers ages 0-3, works to develop new child care options and assist employers in meeting their employees’ child care needs.

  • Phone: 815-484-9448

http://www.ywca-rockford.org

Strengthening Families Illinois (via Rockford YWCA)

Statewide program locally delivered by YWCA. Provides programs to keep families strong and children safe through building: 1. parental resilience; 2. social connections; 3. knowledge of parenting and child development; 4. concrete support in times of need; 5. social and emotional competence of children; and 6. healthy parent-child relationships.

  • 4990 East State Street
    Rockford, IL 61108
  • Phone: 815-484-9442 ext 222
    Toll free 888-225-7072
  • Fax: 815-484-9456
  • YWCA website: www.ywca.org/rockford

http://www.strengtheningfamiliesillinois.org

Winnebago County Health Department

Winnebago County Health Department offers a variety of services including family planning (including pregnancy testing), teen pregnancy prevention, teen support programs, family case management, home visiting program coordination/referal, high risk prenatal/infant program,WIC, breastfeeding support, car seat safety, immunizations, lead screening and environmental assessment, tobacco cessation, STD testing, HIV/STD case management, well/septic/restaurant inspection, birth/death records, emergency preparedness, and refugee health screening, examinations, and referrals. Medicaid accepted as well as sliding scale fees. Varies by program. Hours vary by program.

Two locations:

  • 401 Division Street
  • Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: (815) 720-4000

 

  • 555 North Court Street
  • Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: (815) 720-4000

View brochure

http://www.wchd.org/