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Center-Based option provides quality care to children in a safe and developmentally appropriate education setting. It offers enrichment experiences in an atmosphere of acceptance through reciprocal and responsive interactions between teachers and babies/toddlers.

This is an excellent option for families working and/or in school full-time.

Center-based service areas:

  • Sterling
  • Ottawa
  • Streator
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Each child/family enrolled in the Early Head Start home-based option will have a Parent-Child Educator come to their home for 90 minutes each week. During these weekly visits, the Parent-Child Educator will work in partnership with the child’s parent(s) to provide early learning experiences. The Parent-Child Educator provides services and resources for parents and children around the topics of child health and developmental services, early childhood education and development, health and safety, child nutrition and child mental health.

Children and families also attend Family Fun Days that are scheduled twice a month; offering adult snacks and parent networking.

Home-based service areas:

  • Bureau County
  • LaSalle County
  • Lee County
  • Marshall County
  • Ogle County
  • Putnam County
  • Whiteside County
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Part-Day / Part-Year

This center based option runs 3.5 hours per day; four days per week (Monday-Thursday) throughout the school year (August-May).…

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The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) is designed to help customers manage their energy bills year round. Payments are based on a percentage of household income and are consistent year-round.

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LIHEAP Furnace

Provides assistance with furnace repairs or replacement. Homeowners must be income eligible and be current on their mortgage and taxes.…

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Provides assistance through a one-time payment to the customer’s utility company. Bills must be in the name of the person applying.…

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Emergency Voucher Shelter

Assists individuals with voucher shelter, in an emergency situation, to prevent homelessness using funding provided through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).

  • Income under 200% poverty​
  • Must be literally homeless and unable to stay at a homeless shelter.
  • Must lack financial resources to obtain shelter on their own.
  • Must not have received help in the last 2 years.
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Homeless Prevention

Provides individuals and families with a one-time assistance for rent/deposit to prevent homelessness using funding provided through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).

  • Income under 200% poverty (unless literally homeless)
  • Have an eviction, past due or foreclosure statement
  • Proven financial crisis within the last 90days
  • One-time assistance
  • Rent must be affordable no more than 50% of Net Income
  • Have not received help in the last 2 years
  • Lack financial resources to prevent homelessness without assistance
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