Education

Early Years

Type of service: Supportive Services and Home Visit Program

What they do: Parent Education, Parent Support, Prenatal and birth support (doula), Developmental Screenings

Who is eligible? Must reside within district 117. Parent education and family recoursed for parents of children ages 0-3. Prenatal support/doula for expecting parents. Free! Program prioritizes “at-risk” children and families.

Referral needed? Not required but they are accepted

Best way to access services: Call office or walk in.

Address: 516 Jordan.  Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone: 217-243-2876

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Four Rivers Early Childhood Special Education

Type of service: Early Childhood Clinic

What they do: The Early Childhood Clinic is committed to finding, assessing, and providing a full range of services to children with disabilities from ages 3-5 so that children in need will have the opportunity to benefit from the intervention and grow to their full potential. Services to children are individualized. The clinic communicates and cooperates with parents, school and agency personnel and others involved with the child.

Who is eligible? Children ages 3-5 years old who reside within the Four Rivers 19 school districts

Referral needed? Yes

Best way to access services: Call office.

Address: 936 W. Michigan Ave., Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone number: 217-245-7174

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General Resources & Support

Community Connection Point

Type of service: Childcare Resource and Referral

What they do: Assist families  and child care providers  in obtaining education, and quality, adorable child care to help children and families reach their greatest potential

Who is eligible? Open to those who meet income requirements – at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Online/in person/over phone

Address: 901 South Spring Street, Suite B, Springfield, IL 62704
Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Phone number: 217-525-2805 or 1-800-676-2805
Email: info@childcare.org

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Four Rivers Special Education District

Type of service: Audiology

What they do: The Four Rivers Special Education District contracts with IL School for the Deaf for audiology. ISD maintains a fully-equipped audiologic suite and employs a state licensed audiologist. Children who are referred by parent or school district personnel are seen at this facility on an appointment basis. Services include measurement of hearing levels, middle ear function assessments (tympanometry), hearing aid checks, and referrals for specialized hearing aid needs. Consultations with special or regular education teachers occur on a case-by-case basis.

Who is eligible? The program serves children ages 3 to 22 years of age residing in the Four Rivers cooperative area.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call office.

Address: 936 W. Michigan Ave., Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone number: 217-245-7174

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Special Needs

Child and Family Connections

Type of service: Disability Services

What they do: Early Intervention (ages 0-3 years)

Referral needed? Yes. Referrals accepted from Health Department, Doctor’s Offices, Parents, Teachers, and Early Years.

Best way to access services: Call

Address: 125 S. Webster Ave., Jacksonville
Phone number: 217-245-8755

District 117 Special Services and Early Intervention – Clay Court

Type of service: Disability Services

What they do: Speech therapy, social work, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy – provided at the child’s school, wherever it is (even if it is a special school in another city)

Who is eligible? Ages 0-18. Must reside within district 117. Complete evaluation/testing through social worker/psychologist in order to qualify for services.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call

Address: 3 W. Central Park Plaza, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Phone number: 217-243-7402

Classes & Support Groups

Jacksonville Public Library Lapsit (ages 0-5 years old – every Friday at 10:15)

Miss Polly’s Music Class (ages 0-5 years old)

Miss Mallory’s Art and Sensory Class (ages 6 months – 9 years old)

MomLife (Christian fellowship group for mothers of children under age 5)

Our Saviour Moms Group (Friendship, support, and prayer for mothers of children of all ages)

Breastfeeding Support Group (for all breastfeeding mothers and babies of any age)