Rockford Community Services

Rockford Schools’ Child Development Lab Preschoolers horse around at their own rodeo

October 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL along with LYNN BEGIN One popular and unique program offered by Rockford Community Services is the Rockford Child Development Lab Preschool (RCDL). The 36-week program, for three and four-year olds,is offered every year in the “state-of-the-art” Rockford High School facility.   In a safe and secure environment with its own private entrance, playground, and observation room, enrolled preschoolers are under the guidance of warm and nurturing teachers with degrees. The program provides a kindergarten-readiness curriculum that includes creative learning, problem solving, literacy, discovery, art, nature, field trips, and special events. At this year’s special event, held on Tuesday, Oct. 19, the RCDL Preschool celebrated family fun, with parents and friends in attendance, by holding a rodeo complete with steer roping, barrel racing, stick horse racing and learning about real ponies. The featured guest for the rodeo was Amy Risner from “Farm Animals on the Go” who demonstrated the care and feeding of her pony and mini horse. (Kids love horses their size!) “It was a beautiful sunny fall day and everyone in attendance, including parents and friends and especially the kids, kicked up their heels and enjoyed horsing around”, said RCDL Aide Lynn Begin.   Parents of preschoolers interested in learning more about and/or future enrollment for this innovative preschool program should contact Rockford Community Services at 863-6560 or go    

Healthy living begins with Health & Fitness Festival

January 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

The beginning of the new year is a time many evaluate health and fitness goals. Rockford Public Schools can help establish those goals. On Saturday, Jan. 30, Rockford Community Services (RCS) will host the third annual Health & Fitness Festival. This year’s festival is sure to be a crowd pleaser and will have something for everyone. Kids can take the “healthy challenge” and come “Dashing Through the Snow” for a competitive half-mile run/walk to see which elementary school has the most healthy participants. First place receives a trophy that can proudly be displayed at their school. Sign up online at Staff at RCS will join forces with the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) and Zumba instructor Natalie Maj for an exciting fitness fundraiser. Join Natalie and her fellow instructor from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as they motivate the crowd with Zumba dance instruction to help raise monies for the REF and help put resources into local classrooms and promote educational opportunities. This will be an afternoon filled with music and many exciting giveaways. Michigan Blood Center will be on site for a blood drive in their mobile unit. The need for donors is constant and often urgent. Please consider donating. The drive will be going on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will have several other resources available for participants to consult healthcare professionals about medical questions, healthcare screenings, fingerprinting for the safety of the younger children, and speed and agility presentations for the serious athlete. The goal is to bring awareness to the importance of healthy living to the community. The Health & Fitness Festival will be held at North Rockford Middle School from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Anyone interested in participating or booth information should call the RCS office at (616) 863-6322.

Rockford grads treated to picnic before big game

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Graduates of Rockford High School were given a free hotdog and beverage before the first varsity home football game last Thursday, September 3. Families made a day of the event, which began at 5 p.m. Giveaways from area visitors, mascots, and perfect weather made the family event a great way to kickoff the football season. Families brought blankets and enjoyed the class reunion picnic organized by Rockford Community Services.

A Place for Every Child – Preschool Options through Rockford Public Schools

March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

by LISA JACOBS, Executive Director Rockford Community Services Childhood is an amazing time in the life of a human. Everyday, learning is the primary activity. Preschool provides an excellent opportunity to enhance that learning. Through a preschool experience, children are better prepared to make the transition to the formal school setting. In a quality preschool, children gain self-confidence and become more independent as they develop problem-solving skills as well as learning about the reading and writing process that they will jump into in kindergarten. They also learn social skills like sharing, waiting your turn, and empathy, which help them throughout life. The Rockford Schools Childcare Services offers four different options for preschool children. Each is unique and can meet the needs of any young child. The Community Education Preschool program is at the Administration Building. This well-established family-loved program has been serving the children of Rockford for 35 years. The staff of Ruth Hosler, Melissa Young and Brenda Chrisman has many years of experience. This is a program that emphasizes school readiness and success through the teaching of cognitive and social skills. The staff develops a warm nurturing relationship with each child and his family. The Child Development Lab Preschool at the high school also has a curriculum to prepare students for kindergarten. It features a parent observation room, motivated “high school friends” who help with learning, a Paws with a Cause dog on Tuesdays and Thursdays, an art fair in the spring, a fitness day, and lots of exciting activities. Hola Amigos is a Spanish Immersion Preschool to introduce three- and four-year-old children to the Spanish language and culture. Bilingual staff teach the same academic and social skills as a traditional preschool. The Spanish words for these concepts are gradually introduced through the year, ending with a Cinco di Mayo party in May. For those children who need childcare, we offer a full-day program which incorporates a preschool into the morning, thus eliminating the need of enrolling in a preschool and a childcare. This program is also housed in the Administration Building. As a result of meeting high standards, this childcare/preschool is nationally accredited, much like the Blue Ribbon awards given to each Rockford elementary school. Registration for the three traditional part-day programs is […]

Annual Mother, Son Dance this Saturday, February 28

February 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford Community Services is sponsoring their sixth annual Mother, Son Dance, Saturday, February 28 at East Rockford Middle School from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Extreme DJS will be playing age-appropriate music for dancing. Beginning at 6:00 pm, Douglas Photography will be available for a keepsake photo at an additional charge. To register go to or call Rockford Community Services at (616) 863-6322. Tickets are $8 per person.

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