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2021-22 Mental Health Contract Invitation to Bid

Notice is hereby given, that Tri-County Opportunities Council Head Start/Early Head Start Program, 405 Emmons Avenue, Rock Falls, IL 61071, is requesting proposals for mental health services across our Nine County Service Area (5,454 square miles) for the period of September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022. The request for proposal would include observations of children/classrooms, consultations with parents and staff, and program support through coaching and training. 

Observations: Initial observations would be approximately 2 hours in length and would need to be completed by November 5, 2021. Additional classroom consultations for new enrollees who have failed their behavioral screening or observations of children whose behavior is of continuing concern would follow. All classroom observations will be followed by a conference between the consultant and teaching staff to develop an Action Plan for children identified as needing further support. Consultants then return to the classroom for a meeting with teaching staff in January/February to discuss children with identified concerns and/or new children.

Parent/Consultant Relationships: Early Head Start/Head Start parents have the option of requesting up to one hour of consultation time, to be scheduled with the Mental Health Consultant.

Coaching and Training Opportunities: Parent-Child Educators (Home Visitors) will have an opportunity to be provided support on relevant issues they are facing through monthly coaching sessions with the Mental Health Consultant. All staff will have an opportunity to be provided training on relevant topics through training sessions offered by the Mental Health Consultant (up to three 2 hour sessions).

The variety of program options allow for a division of services. 

Bids will be accepted until the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on August 6, 2021. Tri-County Opportunities Council welcomes bids from minority, protected class and special service groups. Tri-County Opportunities Council reserves the right to reject any and …

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Invitation to Bid

Notice is hereby given, that the Tri-County Opportunities Council Early Head Start/Head Start Program, P.O. Box 610, Rock Falls, Illinois 61071, is considering the removal and replacement of several playground surface areas. This project will include the removal and disposal of the current woodchip surfaced material and the installation of Pour in Place Surfacing at the following locations.  

Please provide an individual quote for each location rather than one lump sum.

  • Lacon Head Start Center; 3195th Street Lacon, Illinois 61540
  • Ottawa Early Head Start/Head Start; 627 Gentleman Road Ottawa, Illinois 61350
  • Ottawa Head Start; 103 West McKinley Ottawa, Illinois 61350
  • Ottawa Full Day Full Year Head Start; 1903 Pratt Lane Ottawa, Illinois 61350
  • Seneca Head Start; 226 East Scott Street Seneca, Illinois 61360
  • Spring Valley Head Start; 227 East Erie Spring Valley, Illinois
  • Wyoming Head Start; 110 North 7th Street Wyoming, Illinois 61491
  • Dixon Head Start; 501 South Lincoln Avenue Dixon, Illinois 61021
  • Rochelle Head Start; 14206 East Flagg Road Rochelle, Illinois 61068
  • West Carroll Head Start; 2215 Wacker Road Savanna, Illinois 61074

Tri-County Opportunities Council is required to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act. Therefore, any labor charges must adhere to the wages determined by the Department of Labor for the community at the time of installation. Weekly wage documentation of such wage information is required to be submitted to the Tri-County Opportunities Council Early Head Start/Head Start program within the required timeframes, as per Davis Bacon regulations.

Bids will be accepted until the close of business (4:30 P.M.) on August 6, 2021. Tri-County Opportunities Council welcomes all bids from minority, protected class and special service groups. Tri-County Opportunities Council reserves the right to reject any and all bids, waive any informalities in the bidding process and accept the bid which is in the best interest of the Agency.…

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Grant money for Fulton, IL households

United Way of Whiteside County has received $10,000 in restricted grant monies and is collaborating with its partner agency, Tri-County Opportunities Council, and the City of Fulton to distribute funds to households in Fulton that have fallen behind on rent, mortgage, or utility payments because of an impact from COVID-19. Eligibility restrictions apply. Payments go directly to vendors. 

Click here to complete the application.

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Rental Housing Support Program

Tri-County Opportunities Council’s Rental Housing Support Program is now accepting names for its waiting list.

The program provides affordable housing to individuals and families with extremely low income (under 30% of area median income) in the counties of Carroll, Lee, Putnam and Whiteside.

In addition, an Outreach Plan has been developed to assist individuals and families to enroll in additional agency programs in order to provide opportunities that support movement toward stability and self-sufficiency.

If you are interested in applying, please fill out our contact form here.

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CSBG COVID-19 programs

The Community Services Block Grant has a number of COVID-19 programs available. See below for details. Program guidelines limit CSBG eligibility to individuals and families having incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty income guidelines. See our CSBG page for eligibility guidelines.

COVID-19 Food Assistance

Provides eligible households with financial assistance to purchase nutritious groceries for individuals/families that DO NOT receive SNAP benefits and have been affected by COVID-19.

  • Provides a voucher to qualified households to purchase food items only from local grocery stores.
COVID-19 Health Assistance

Provides eligible individuals with financial assistance to maintain a healthy and mental state for those affected by the COVID-19.

  • Provides up to 3 months of prescription payments in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Provides up to $300 for those seeking mental health support to cover sessions with a mental health provider for COVID-19 related concerns.
COVID-19 Relief Housing / Utility

Provides eligible individuals with rent, mortgage, and/or utility assistance in order to remain stably housed and sustain proficient utilities for those affected by COVID-19.

  • Provides up to two months of rent or mortgage payment, up to $1600, for those affected by the pandemic: laid-off, loss of hours, or have been quarantined by a doctor.
  • Provides up to $350 in utility support towards an electric, gas, or propane payment for those who do not qualify for LIHEAP assistance. 
COVID-19 Transportation

Provides eligible individuals with financial assistance for transportation needs for those affected by COVID-19.

  • Car Repairs – up to $1,000, must have been laid-off, loss hours, or were quarantined by a doctor; must show proof of secured employment, proof of car registration, proof of insurance, and a valid driver’s license.
  • Bus Passes – provide to up 3 months of passes.
  • License Plate Renewals – must have been laid-off, loss hours, or