Our Mission is to provide comprehensive services to a diverse population within Kewanee, Illinois and the surrounding areas in Henry County. These services will include a variety of educational support services, and community empowerment and support programs.
Our agency started as a dream of our Executive Director, Etta LaFlora, who has been a resident of this community for over 40 years.
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With the assistance of Mattie Owens in September of 2008 the Sunshine Early Learning Center opened its doors in the Old Franklin School Building at 600 N. Lexington Avenue.
The numerous hours of volunteer service has been vital to the success of the Step-Ladder Tutoring Program. The following volunteer tutors dedciated their time to this project.
Past & Present
Cassandra Ingels Anita Blanks
Flor Martinez Chris Downs
Jiara Ibarra Tori Gustafson Toni Smith
Linnea Hepner Rachel Wentworth
Danielle Fickling Cecilia Martinez
Tina Landsiedel-Clark Angela French Jesse Wheelhouse Kate Reynolds,
Jack Reynolds Jenni Eastman
Lea Eastman Sherri Jamison
Evelyn Cortez Morgan Hamilton
Ashlee Werkheiser, Nikki Ferns,
Kali Oliva-Farrell, Phyllis Dotson, Cleverette Conley, Barbara Gerard,
Kay Skutnick, Eric Schave, Victoria West, Greg Wyman, Brendan Jamison,Carol Gutschlag, Dorothy Meindok, Desiree Gleason, Gabby Cummings, Nora Meindok, Elizabeth Bral
Antoinette Hall, Elizabeth Jamison
Dr. Mary Kay Fulton
Director of Educational Services
How have we made it this far?
From the hard work of a dedicated staff, board, volunteers, and consultants, Dr. Mary Kay Fulton and Dr. Sharon Gibson who are determined to help us make a difference in our community.
Major Funders forr the
Step Ladder Tutoring Program are
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois, Kewanee Area United Way, Anderson Memorial Trust, AmerenIP, Walmart,
Kewanee and Wethersfield School Districts, for donation of space and transportation. Black Hawk College for donation of facilities for recruitment, training and community awareness programs, Kewanee Public Library for donation of space for our summer program.
Plus, individual and private donations from citizens in the community and surrounding areas.
The following businesses for donation space for our Tag Days Fundraisers and/or gift certificates for students and volunteers:
Walmart, McDonald's, Save-a-Lot, Sullivans, Walgreens, Peoples National Banks,
Woodforest National Bank, Community State Bank, Beck Oil, Burger King, Taco Bell
Thanks for Supporting our Tag Days!!!
We appreciate the local, city, state, and governmental officials who took time out our their busy schedules to attend programs in support of the Step Ladder Tutoring Program.
U.S. State Rep. Donald Moffitt
Rep. Congresswoman Bustos Office
Serve Illinois Commission
Executive Director, Scott McFarland
Illinois Dept. Human Services/
Serve Illinois Elected Chair Commissioner
Frederick D. Nettles
Supt. of Schools-Wethersfield
, Shane Kazubowski
Principal, Jeremiah Johnston
Supt. of Schools-Kewanee, Dr. Chris Sullens
,Principal, Jason Anderson
Mayor Steve Looney
Reps. from Black Hawk College and other local agencies.
"Helping one child at at time"