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Child Care/respite

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

Genesis Daycare

Accepts both typically developing children and children with certain special healthcare needs, including physical and cognitive disabilities (call to discuss).

  • 724 Harrison Avenue
    Rockford, IL 61104
  • Phone: 815-397-4867

GiGi’s Playhouse- Rockford Down Syndrome Awareness Center

Offers programs for children and adults, including their families, with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Programs include literacy, crawlers, 0-2, walkers, hop-skip and jumpers, playhouse pals, kids club, open play, and parent orientation. Works to educate people about and empower people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Developmental therapists, OT, PT, speech therapy involved, but not in place of therapy services. No fees. M-F 10-2 and other select times.

  • 8801 North 2nd Street, Suite 2
    Machesney Park, IL 61115
  • Phone: 815-654-7529

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Illinois Respite Coalition

The purpose of the Illlinois Respite Coalition-Lifespan Emergency Respite Program is to offer funding and resources to support caregivers of adults with special needs or children with special needs with an urgent need for respite care in the absence of any other funding source. They also focus on creating a one stop shop for those who need respite care in Illinois. To learn more, visit their website and click on your county on the map for more information.

Lisa’s Daycare

Licensed DCFS day care home specializing in care for children with intellectual disabilities age one month through 12 years. Small provider to child ratio with DCFS approved assistant. Mission Statement: To provide quality care to children in a nurturing, educational, and enriching environment. Provides weekend hours and respite care for families as needed. Located in northwest Rockford, Illinois.

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Milestone, Inc. Individual and Group Respite Care Programs

Families are eligible for the Individual Milestone Respite Program if:
o They live in Winnebago, Boone or Ogle County;
o The family has a loved one living with them who has a developmental disability (Cognitive Disability, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, or Epilepsy);
o The family does not receive other state services such a Home Based Support, Person Assistants, Child Care Grants, or Office of Rehabilitation Services (they may receive up to 20 hours of ORS Respite).
All families who participate in the Milestone Individual Respite Care Program are eligible to participate in Milestone’s Group Respite sessions free of charge. Group Respite is held twice a month at the Milestone Training Center. The Respite Program is conducted in a large gym. A wide variety of different sensory, fine and gross motor activities are provided.

  • 4450 N.Rockton Avenue, Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: 815-639-2973

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Rockford Home Services Program (Department of Rehabilitation Services Office)

We will be serving up to ten families a month for a total of twenty hours per family. Families will be chosen on a first come/first serve basis with a wait list used if necessary. Eligibility criteria:
‘ Birth to twenty one
‘ Must have a medical diagnosis of a developmental disability
‘ Denial from DHS-DORS program or Milestone and cannot be used in conjunction with either program
‘ There are no income guidelines
Key services provided by HSP include personal assistant services, such as help with bathing, dressing, cooking and other daily tasks, as well as home modification and nursing care.

  • 107 N. 3rd Street
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-987-4964, TTY: 888-340-1006
  • Fax: 815-967-3768

The Secondary Transitional Experience Program (STEP) is a training/placement program that helps students with disabilities prepare to transition to employment and community participation during and after high school. Students learn to become productive, self-sufficient adults through a variety of STEP experiences. Assist students in developing desirable work habits and realistic career goals; provide opportunities for students to explore careers; offer meaningful work experiences through on-the-job placement; encourage students to develop the social and personal skills needed to maintain successful employment.

  • 107 N. 3rd Street
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-967-3725
  • Fax: 815-967-3722

Autism Support Home Services

Autism Support Home Services provides in-home Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA, with Board Certified Behavior Analysts) and respite services to Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin residents.  Technology supported collaborative communication is used to ensure evidenced based and individualized treatment.  Accepts major private medical insurances, Medicaid Waiver 56U, and self pay.