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After School/Camps/Mentoring

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.

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Afterschool programs at selected public schools and information on other non-school programs.

  • 1201 5th Avenue
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: 815-544-0301

Belvidere Park District

Several programs during the year and summer for students of all ages.

  • 1006 W. Lincoln
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: 815-547-5711

Blackhawk Learning Connection

In Blackhawk Courts Housing Complex. Provides various programs including supervision, tutoring, nutrition, and child care for school-aged children.

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

Booker Washington Community Center

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

  • 524 Kent St
    Rockford, IL 61102
  • Phone: 815-698- 8861


Boone County Conservation District

Three different summer camps for students age 6 through 15.

  • 603 N. Appleton
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: 815-547-7935

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

Camp Kupugani

Provides summer camps for children to expand their communication skills, interpersonal skills, and interests.

  • 6903 W. White Eagle Rd.
    Leaf River, IL 61047
  • Phone: 815-713-4110

Catch the Wave Swim Club

Catch the Wave is dedicated to serving the community by developing water safety skills and services that improve health and quality of life. Learning to swim is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and/or our children. Catch the Wave Swim Club will provide the skills necessary for each child to be safer in and around the water.

Our specialized autism swim program uses firm and direct instruction with high praise and reward as well as visual aids and other effective techniques practiced by top autism swim programs in the United States. Together we can create a fun and safe environment in and around with water for children with autism.

Cherry Valley Public Library District

Offers computer usage, computer classes, mother daughter/ father son book club, kids craft night and other fun activities.

  • 755 East State St., Cherry Valley, IL 61016
  • Phone: 815-332-5161

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

Harlem Community Center

Various camps for students.

  • 900 Roosevelt Rd.
    Machesney Park, IL 61115
  • Phone: 815-633-5817

Immanuel Lutheran After School Care

Christian-based after school programs.

  • 1225 E 2nd St
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: 815-547-5346

Ken-Rock Community Center

Provides afterschool programs with homework help and tutoring, character building, arts and crafts, physical fitness, nutritious snacks, and community services.

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

KinderCare Learning Centers

Afterschool and summer programs and camps for students through age 12. Programs during public school breaks. Tutition required. Four Rockford Centers available.

  • 4345 Maray Drive
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-226-9090
  • 3890 Northridge Drive
    Rockford, IL 61114
  • Phone: 815-877-7887
  • 308 N. Mulford Road
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • 815-398-2800
  • 6473 East Riverside Blvd
    Rockford, IL 61114
  • Phone: 815-636-2200

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

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

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

Day-time, drop-in shelter for homeless children in a safe structured, educational environment.

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

North Suburban Library District

Offers preschool services, story hour, field trips, night camps for kids, and computer classes.

  • 6340 N Second St.
    Loves Park, IL 61111
  • Phone: 815-623-6266

Northwest Community Center

Several afterschool and summer programs for students of all ages

  • 1325 N. Johnston Ave
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Phone: 815-964-6885

Patriots’ Gateway Community Center

Offers afterschool recreation and education programs to the 61104 community.

  • 615 S. Fifth St.
    Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-967-0413

Rock House Kids

Afterschool program on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons (3:30 – 5 PM) during the school year with snack, tutoring, Good News Club, and basic life skills. Free.

  • 1325 7th St.
    Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-962-5067

Rock Valley College

Whiz Kids provides students in K-8th grade with a variety of academic enrichment opportunities. Through creative teaching strategies, materials, and curricula, Rock Valley College Whiz Kids offers unique, hands-on activities with inventive modes of participation.

  • 3301 N. Mulford Rd
    Rockford, IL 61114
  • Phone: 815-921-7821

Rockford College

Offers small group and individual tutoring, summer day camps, and academic camps with hands-on science and art instruction.

  • 5050 E. State St
    Rockford, IL 61108
  • Phone: 815-226-4000

Rockford Health Authority, Fairgrounds

Various afterschool programs for children and a computer lab.

  • 1015 W. Jefferson
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Phone: 815-489-8690

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

Rockford Park District

Several programs during the year and summer for students of all ages.

  • 401 S. Main St.
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Phone: 815-987-8800

Rockford Partners for Excellence

Afterschool programming at West Middle School.

  • 1900 N Rockton Ave.
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: 815-966-3200

Rockford Public Library

Offers summer reading clubs, storytimes, computer classes , book discussion groups and game nights.

  • 215 N. Wyman St.
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Phone: 815-965-7606

Rockford Public School District 205

Afterschool programs at selected public schools and information on other non-school programs

  • 201 S. Madison
    Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-966-3000

Rockford Urban Ministries

Provides links to member churches, many of which offer summer programs for children.

  • 201 7th St.
    Rockford IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-964-7111

Rosie’s Birthday Club

Rosie’s Birthday Club’s mission is to celebrate a child’s special day! Our goal is to provide and deliver a present to children in the Rockford area, who may otherwise not receive a gift on their birthday. Our focus is to work with community centers, churches, and other organizations that serve children. We believe that children, no matter their circumstances, should be honored and made to feel special on the one day of the year that belongs just to them!

Currently Rosie’s Birthday Club is proud to provide parties for kids registered at Rock House Kids, Northwest Community Center Boys & Girls Club, or Carlson Boys & Girls Club. In the future we hope to work with indivudal families, but right now only work with these organizations.

Salvation Army – Winnebago County

The Salvation Army offers a wide array of children’s services such as quality daycare, tutoring, basketball leagues and summer camps.

  • P.O. Box 4159
    Rockford, IL 61110
  • Phone: 815-969-7408

St. Elizabeth Center

Offers before and afterschool care for school age children, a pre-school program, and summer programming.

  • 1536 S. Main
    Rockford, IL 61102
  • Phone: 815-969-6526

Stepping Stones Child Care

Provides preschool, childcare, and before/after school, and summer camps.

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

University of Illinois Extension-Boone County

Offers various 4-H programs and activities for youth in Boone County.

  • 915 Alexander Dr.
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: 815-544-3710

University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County

Offers various 4-H programs and activities for youth in Winnebago County.

  • 1040 N. 2nd St.
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-986-4357

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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

Zion Lutheran Church

Tutoring for SES students and WOW Wednesday programming for all students.

  • 925 Fifth Ave
    Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-964-4609