Scholarship honors memory of former local early childhood education executive who dedicated her life to children and families

Scholarship honors memory of former local early childhood education executive who dedicated her life to children and families

Diane Stout, former executive director of Circles of Learning in Rockford who suddenly passed away in 2013, dedicated her life to children. In 2015, Early Learning Council of the Rockford Area created the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship through Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Diane’s advocacy for children and families throughout Rockford and the State of Illinois. As a staunch supporter for early childhood development, Diane was a leader among the professional community, having served...

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School break can be a crippling experience for young students living in poverty

School break can be a crippling experience for young students living in poverty

  With 1 in 5 children in the U.S. living below the poverty line, heading back to school after break can reveal just how stressful home life really is for young students. In How To Help Kids In Poverty Adjust To The Stability Of School After Break, NPR blogger Meg Anderson writes that for those students, being away from school can be a crippling time of insecurity when it comes to food and shelter. By leveraging community resources available and training teachers on how to recognize these signs and where to direct students and families,...

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MercyRockford Health delivers first corporate donation of 2016 in support of community impact

MercyRockford Health delivers first corporate donation of 2016 in support of community impact

  Playing on the “first baby born in the New Year” announcement, the first corporate donation of 2016 arrived yesterday around 10:26 a.m. courtesy of MercyRockford Health System. Representatives of MercyRockford presented the check in the amount of $35,000 to United Way of Rock River Valley’s community impact fund, which supports investments in strategies and programs that strengthen the education, income and health of our area. This investment in community impact continues the organization’s commitment to improving lives in our...

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