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CAP4Kids/Rockford, new community website

December 22, 2010

From press release

Rockford is a community with numerous child-related resources, but also with heavy need for those resources provided. Although there are multiple agency resource lists in the community, few are comprehensive, easily accessible, well organized, well maintained, and pediatric specific. That will soon change with “CAP4Kids/Rockford.”

Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Janet Holmgren, chairman of the ad hoc Prenatal to 6 Committee, Gordon Eggers, president/CEO of Crusader Community Health, and Maichle Bacon, director of the Winnebago County Health Department, have announced the commencement of “CAP4Kids/Rockford,” a collaborative community website project designed to provide information about services for children and families in Winnebago and Boone County.

Dr. Steven Schulz, a pediatric physician with Crusader Community Health, is spearheading the CAP4Kids/Rockford project, which involves the collection, organization, and publication of contact and service information from community agencies that provide services to pregnant mothers and youth ages 21 and younger, as well as their families. The CAP4Kids/Rockford website will include 21 information categories for the user’s easy reference and referral.

“The ultimate goal of the CAP4Kids/Rockford project is to improve the overall health and well-being of Winnebago and Boone County children and their families. This website will organize, coordinate, and empower child-focused community services providers, as well as increase knowledge of and access to services for the families who need them most. This is a website not just for pediatricians, but also for parents, teachers, social workers, pastors, and basically anyone who comes in contact with children on a regular basis. With this website, a list of resources to meet a particular child’s needs is just a mouse click away,” said Dr. Schulz.

“There has been a long-standing need for a resource that details provider information for the community that can be easily maintained and updated when information changes. We are pleased to be able to promise the community that this directory will be available as early as the end of March,” said Judge Holmgren.

A research team has been assembled to begin contacting local providers to gather the information for the website regarding programming, population served and capacity for services. The goal is to have the information-gathering phase completed by mid-January and the database populated and operational by the end of March 2011. When the project is completed, anyone with a computer or access to a computer will be able to utilize the CAP4Kids/Rockford website to locate information specific to their service needs.

The project is supported by members of numerous other organizations in the region, including the Crusader Community Health Foundation, Rockford Health Council, Youth Services Network, United Way of the Rock River Valley, Rockford Public Schools District No. 205, the Regional Office of Education, the Rockford Mental Health Association, the Early Learning Council, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford College, MELD, Head Start and Early Head Start, the City of Rockford, Easter Seals, the Mildred Berry Center, and the 17th Circuit Court Services Department, among others.

To learn more about CAP4Kids/Rockford, visit CAP4Kids.org or e-mail cap4kids.rockford@gmail.com.

From the Dec. 22-28, 2010 issue

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