Family T.I.E.S. is a program for families with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  We are funded by the Illinois State Board of Education, and serve families in Jo Daviess County, as well as Lena-Winslow in Stephenson County.   Brochure & Referral form

       Our Mission is to empower parents to be the best teachers they can be; to empower families

       to make responsible choices and decisions, and to help prepare children for a successful school                 experience. 

Family T.I.E.S Birth - 3 Program             

The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program has a vision that all children will grow and develop to reach their full potential. 

    The Parent as Teachers curriculum will provide support and encouragement to families through:

  • Bi-weekly home visits:  Focus on your chld's development and your family's needs, concerns, and hopes
  • Group connections:  Share parenting experiences, gain new insights and talk about topics that interest you
  • Monthly newsletter:  Share up-coming events, resources, and support you in your parenting journey
  • Services for Spanish-speaking families:  Families whose primary language is Spanish in the Galena area can be connected with a Spanish- speaking parent educator
  • Lending Libraries:  Parents may borrow books and toys for use at home with child
  • Periodic Screening of children:  Evaluate growth and development

Family T.I.E.S. has 5 parent educators with offices in East Dubuque, Galena, Elizabeth, and Lena, Illinois.  If you would like more information, please contact Christina Slack at 815.747.3192 or  

Family T.I.E.S Preschool for All

Family T.I.E.S. offers a free preschool program in each school district in Jo Daviess County and Lena-Winslow in Stephenson County.  Children ages 3 -5 that are not age-eligible for kindergarten (age 5 on or before September 1) may be eligible for the Family T.I.E.S. pre-kindergarten program. Child must qualify through a screening.  Please contact your local school district, or Christina Slack at 815.747.3192 or

   Family T.I.E.S. Preschool For All program provides:

  • Play based learning
  • Curriculum aligned with Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards 
  • Developmentally appropriate activities
  • Monthly family fun days
  • Activity nights for parents and children    

Family T.I.E.S. serves the following School Districts

East Dubuque:



River Ridge:

Scales Mound: