4-H – University of Illinois Extension

4-H is a program for youth to learn life skills. Youth learn how to run their own club, make their own decisions, follow through on responsibilities, and plan and carry out events. 4-H is a voluntary, informal education program for young people ages 8-18.

  • Winnebago County Unit
  • 1040 North Second Street
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-986-4357
  • Fax: 815-986-4329
  • Winnebago County website.
  • Boone County Unit
  • 915 Alexandra Drive
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: 815-544-3710
  • Fax: 815-544-4606
  • Boone County website.

Boy Scouts of America – Blackhawk Area Council

It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the timeless values of the Scout Oath and Law. Boy Scouts: 11-17yrs. Venturing: 14-20yrs.

  • 1800 7th Ave
    Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-397-0210


Boys & Girls Club of Rockford

Boys&Girls Club offers many education/tutoring programs for youth in the Rockford area including, “Character and Leadership Development”, “Education and Career Development”, “Health and Life Skills”, “The Arts” and “Sports, Fitness and Recreation.” Affordable to all youth. Clubs reach out to kids who cannot afford, or may lack access to, other community programs. Dues are $15 per year for Club membership with scholarships available for those who qualify.

  • Administration
  • 1040 North Second Street
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-972-5973


Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Program and camps to engage girls in discovering themselves and their values, connecting with other girls, their communities, and globally, and taking action to make the world a better place. Girls build character and skills for success in the real world in an accepting and nurturing environment. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

  • 2820 McFarland Rd
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-962-5591
  • Fax: 815-962-5658


Rockford Health Authority, Orton Keyes

Orton Keyes Boys and Girls Club has an afterschool program that offers cheerleading, sports, life skills, home work help and computer assistance and access. A day program operates during the summer providing structured activities, lunch, and trips.

  • 633 Ranger
    Rockford, IL 61109
  • Phone: 815-489-8640


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


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


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 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


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


Bullying Resource

If you or someone you know is being bullied, there are things you can do to make it stop. Check out this website for resources to stop and/or prevent bullying.



Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling (RSAC)

Provides comprehensive services for survivors of sexual assault and abuse from ages three to adult, as well as their families. Services include 24-hour crisis intervention and hotline, medical and legal advocacy, counseling, prevention education, and professional training. Serves Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle County residents. Regular office hours M-F 8:30-4:30, evenings by appointment.

  • Winnebago County:
  • 4990 E State St.
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: (815)636-9811
  • Boone County:
  • 860 Biester Dr., Suite 101
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: (815)544-6821
  • 24 hour line: (815) 636-9811 or
    Toll-free: (800) 564-8441


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

Rosecrance Griffin-Williamson Campus

Substance abuse treatment programs for adolescents age 13-18, with some exceptions for 12 and 19 year olds. Professional counselors, psychiatrist on staff for co-occuring disorders, recreational therapy, teachers provide academic lessons during week. Fees-accepts Medicaid and most insurance. $685/day charge for in-patient program. In-patient program lasts 3.5-5.5 weeks, outpatient fees vary. M-F 8:00-8:00, Sa-Su 8:00-4:30.

  • Griffin Williamson Campus
  • 1601 University Drive
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-391-1000
  • Toll Free: 888-9-AT-LAST/888-928-5278


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


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



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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


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


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



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

Rockford MELD – Transitional Living Program

MELD Transitional Living Program provides case management and housing to pregnant or parenting young women. Women are assisted with goals while provided with life skills and child development education. Requirements: Homeless pregnant and/or parenting women between the ages of 17 – 21. Fees: Residents in the program pay rent based on income.

  • 620 Kishwaukee Street
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: 815-963-3369


Care Source

The Care Source offers FREE pregnancy tests, confidential and immediate results, long term pregnancy support, follow-up for women and men, clinical services, caring nurses, professional ultrasound at the East State and West State locations, OB referrals for continued maternal/fetal health, practical help, referral services, maternity clothes, baby clothes, supplies and cribs, educational care groups.

  • 4921 E. State St. Suite 4
    Rockford, IL 61108
  • Phone: 815-398-5444
  • 611 W. State St.
    Rockford, IL 61102
  • Phone: 815-997-1200

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

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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


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