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University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County Unit

  Agency Contact Information:
Address: 1650 Commerce Drive
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 815.933.8337
Fax: 815.933.8532
Email: kankakee_co@extension.uiuc.edu
Website: www.kankakee.extension.uiuc.edu
Contact Person:

Beth LaPlante - County Extension Director
Phone: 815.933.8337

  Service Profile:
Service/program name: Cloverbuds
Description: Designed to introduce 5-7 year olds to a variety of 4-H experiences. The 4-H Cloverbud groups will be involved in activities led by an adult that will help the 4-H'ers: Learn how to get along and share with others; Explore many different interests; Learn basic living skills; Build self-confidence; Learn to communicate effectively; Learn how to be a part of a group. The program is noncompetitive! Cloverbuds do not participate in competitive events, contests, shows or raise animals as a 4-H project and are not eligible to receive premiums. However, they may be given the opportunity to display their projects noncompetitively.
Phone: 815.933.8337

Service/program name: Family Life Newsletters
Description: Periodic newsletters are available by subscription. Titles include: Connecting With Kids (for parents of school-aged children); Nibbles (for childcare providers and parents of pre-school children); Thrifty Living (for low resource families); Working Families (for working families); and Parenting Again (for grandparents raising grandchildren).

Service/program name: Family Nutrition Program (FNP)
Description: The Family Nutrition Program staff teach and promote safe and healthy eating for families on a budget. Education programs and newsletters that are available include: Healthy Eating; Safe Eating; Food Budgeting; monthly and seasonal topics.

Service/program name: Kankakee County 4-H Program
Description: 4-H is a national organization that helps young people develop knowledge and skills to help them become productive citizens. It also helps them be more capable to meet the diversities and challenges of today's society. 4-H allows youth and adults to work together to design programs that will teach skills for living. 4-H upholds the theme of "learning by doing." 4-H reaches people in their own neighborhoods with delivery methods suitable to their needs. 4-H also helps provide a stronger bond between family members. County and regional 4-H programs are directed by professional Extension staff who train and support the volunteers who work with 4-H members.

Service/program name: Learning Enrichment
Description: 4-H School (Learning) Enrichment programs are hands-on learning opportunities designed to meet the Illinois State Board of Education's Standards for Learning.
Phone: 815.933.8337

Service/program name: Plan Well, Retire Well
Description: The University of Illinois Extension has developed a Web site for people who want to learn more about wise investing. It is an interactive site that clearly explains how money grows over time, the difference between a stock and a bond, how tax-defined retirement plans help money grow faster and many other financial aspects.
Website: www.retirewell.uiuc.edu
  General Information:
Description: Provides Illinois counties with the latest research-based information from the University through workshops, seminars, publications, and news media. County Director serves Grundy-Kankakee-Will Counties

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1 Stuart Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
Email: kan-i-help.org