Putnam County Resources
Child Care and Education
SAL Community Services' Child Care Connection of Central Illinois: Child Care Connection (CCC) and Child Care Resource and Referral of Midwestern Illinois (CCRRMI) are "sister programs" funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services to support families needing quality, affordable child care and to assist licensed and license-exempt child care centers and homes in Illinois with meeting quality standards. CCC serves the nine-county area surrounding Peoria, IL, and CCRR works with the seven counties surrounding the Illinois Quad Cities area. Both programs offer databases of all licensed and license-exempt child care options for parents, and both work with famlies who apply for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Quality Teams at both locations offer support and resources for child care providers, to make sure they have what they need to provide high quality early care and education services. By hosting training sessions and conferences, collaborating with community organizations, and issuing Quality Grants to providers who qualify, both programs ensure communities are caring for and teaching children so they are prepared for success in school.
SAL Community Services' Home Child Care Network: SAL's Home Child Care Network (HCCN) was started in 1996 to support families needing non-traditional hours of child care (1st, 2nd, 3rd shifts, weekends, holidays). HCCN works with licensed family child care providers to offer free support, supplies, and training resources so children in a home setting receive the same high quality care as children in center-based programs. HCCN offers free consultation and support to licensed family child care homes serving Illinoid families in 16 counties in Illinois and Scott County, Iowa, from the Quad Cities to central Illinois. HCCN Coordinators provide curriculum, CPR/First Aid training, professional development opportunities, assistance with the ExceleRate Illinois quality rating system application process, and one-on-one coaching on a variety of early childhood development topics. With this help, licensed family child care providers further their businesses while supporting the needs and education of children. HCCN Coordinators also work with parents/guardians needing child care on Child Care Assistance Program application processes and make referrals to the high quality licensed homes in the Network to best meet families' needs.
Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living: The Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living (IVCIL) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization that assists persons with disabilities in opening doors to their independence. We provide services for persons with disabilities, their families, and the community in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark counties. Provides resources for asssistive technology (e.g. wheelchair, hearing aid).
Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (IDHS Rehabilitation Services): IDHS's Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.
Money Management / Business Education
Tri-County Opportunities Council: TCOC serves nine counties in northwest Illinois: Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside. Community services block grant provides funds to reduce poverty, revitalize income-eligible comunities, and empowers income-eligible families to become self-sufficient. Housing assistance programs, foster grandparent program, scholarship program, early head start, weatherizing home program, head start program.