21st Century Schools

Purpose

21st Century Schools provides before and after school services in several schools throughout Tazewell County. It is the mission of 21st Century Schools, in partnership with home and community, for all students to obtain the necessary knowledge, skills, and self-motivation to become life-long learners, socially responsible citizens, and active participants in the ever-changing world. 

Focus

Program components focus on: 

  • Academics
  • Life skills education
  • Parental involvement
  • Positive adult mentors
  • Recreation/cultural activities
  • Service learning
21st Centurry Schools Soarng Beyond Expectations Program

Each program is run as a partnership between the Tazewell County Health Department (TCHD), the individual school and school district.

Programs

21st Century Schools offers the following programs:

Extended Day

This structured child care program is offered in mornings and afternoons on days when school is in session. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to start of school and school dismissal to 6 p.m. The program includes breakfast, snack, and homework help along with a variety of games and activities. Full day programming may be offered on days school is closed due to conferences and/or holiday break. Fees are collected to ensure program sustainability.

Tutoring 

Students involved in this after school program receive additional academic assistance after school from classroom teachers and/or assistants.

Summer Camp

For students exiting kindergarten through 6th grade, summer camp is designed to incorporate academics and fun. Each week, themed activities will include crafts, reading, outdoor play, and field trips. Summer camp runs every Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided. Fees are collected to ensure program sustainability.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

TCHD participates in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Free meals, which meet SFSP federal guidelines, will be made available to all children 18 years of age and under, and to persons over 18 years who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled. Meals are made available to all eligible participants without regard to: 

  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Sex

Complaint

To file a complaint or discrimination, write:
USDA, Director
Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
Phone: 866-632-9992 (voice)

Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). 

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Free meals will be provided at:
Georgetowne Middle School
51 Yates Road
Marquette Heights 

Additional Information

The program runs during summer camp, June - August. For further information, contact Jeanie Green at 309-929-0282.

21st Century Schools Programs are funded in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services: Teen REACH.

Financial assistance for qualifying participants is available through the Illinois Department of Human Services local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency: SAL Child Care Connection.