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Family Support

Birth to Three Home Visiting Program

Mother and Toddler smiling

 

Who is eligible?

  • Prenatal mothers
  • Children ages birth to three*
  • At-risk families that reside within Rockford Public Schools boundaries

Services offered

  • Home visits
  • Developmental, hearing, and vision screenings
  • Connection to community service agencies
  • Parenting information and encouragement
  • Parent-child interaction groups
  • Transition to preschool
  • Referrals to Early Intervention

For more information please contact the Early Childhood Screening and Placement Office at 815-967-8030.​

Ask an early childhood question

 


 

Family and Community Engagement (FACE)

The goal of the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Department is to ensure families and community members are partners in the education process. We recognize these partnerships as vital for the success of each student. 

To achieve this goal, the FACE department provides schools with support in developing programs for families, and by connecting our schools with the many resources our community offers. Our team is committed to family education, community partnerships and connecting volunteers to our schools.

Due to COVID-19 Volunteering, DPAC & PTOs will look different this year.

Volunteer Information

District Parent Advisory Council

DPAC is a group of parents who play active roles in the direction of our school district. Parents serve as the direct communication link between the RPS 205 administration and other parent leaders. DPAC also works in connection with the Family and Community Engagement Department. DPAC is an opportunity for parents to learn about how they can be most effective in encouraging parent involvement within their schools and our district to obtain parental feedback. ​

PTO Resources

PTA Parents' Guide to Student Success
PTO Today - Use Plus Member code: 5EZZBE

Resources

Due to COVID-19 we are providing some extra resources for families. See Below.

For more information please contact the Family and Community Engagement department at 815-966-3271.​

Ask the FACE department a question

 


 

Families in Transition (FIT)

RPS 205 serves the City of Rockford as well as parts of Winnebago County. During the 2019-2020 school year, the district's Families in Transition (FIT) Department worked with over 2,800 youths from ages birth to 21 and that number continues to increase. The number of high school youth, including unaccompanied youth (youth not living in the physical custody of parent/guardian) needing services has increased even more dramatically. Rockford Public Schools Families in Transition Program has numerous local organizations they keep in contact with such as the Mayor's Task Force, Crusader Clinic's Health Care for Homelessness and local shelters. Click to view FIT Department brochure​.

 

McKinney-Vento Assistance Act

Your school-aged children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Assistance Act. The Mckinney-Vento act defines "homeless children and youth" as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.

This act also includes:

 

For more information please contact the Families in Transition department

Elmer Rice
Families in Transition
Student Coordinator    
815-966-3163
ricee@rps205.com

Kevin Anderson
Families in Transition​
Student Advocate​
815-489-7203
kevin.anderson@rps205.com

Valerie Pobjecky
Families in Transition​ Student Advocate​ (speaks Spanish)
815-966-3140
valerie.pobjecky@rps205.com

Rosa Sandoval
Families in transition Support Specialist (speaks Spanish)    
815-966-3163 
Rosalba.Sandoval@rps205.com