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Education Resources for Youth in Care

The Department of Children and Family Services is committed to helping youth in care do well in school, stay in school and find the best schools available for their emerging skills. From early childhood through college-level training, the attention of caseworkers, caregivers and other staff to the educational programs of children in care is critical. The DCFS Office of Education and Transition Services is available to help every step of the way.

For general education-related questions regarding a youth in care, you may send an email to: DCFS.EducationAssistance@illinois.gov.

Pre-K (3 to 5 years old)
For assistance with preschool enrollment, individual education plans, transportation, or suspensions or expulsions from programming, please contact:

Mary Beth Corrigan
Mary.Corrigan@illinois.gov
630-801-3480 (office)
312-590-8036 (cell)

Kindergarten through high school
For assistance with enrollment, transcripts, individual education plans, 504s, school transportation, extra-curricular activities, tutoring, therapeutic or alternative schools, suspensions and expulsions or ISBE educational surrogates, please contact:

Cook Region
Molly Uhe-Edmonds
Molly.Uhe@illinois.gov
Office: 217-557-2690
Mobile: 217-299-8905

Northern Region
Mary Beth Corrigan
Mary.Corrigan@illinois.gov
Office: 630-801-3480
Mobile: 312-590-8036

Central Region
Kim Johnson
Kimberley.A.Johnson@illinois.gov
Office: 217-557-5761
Mobile: 217-993-2208

Southern Region
Molly Uhe-Edmonds
Molly.Uhe@illinois.gov
Office: 217-557-2690
Mobile: 217-299-8905

Tracey Elliott (effective 10-1-19)
Tracey.Elliott@illinois.gov
Mobile: 618-309-3389

Post-secondary education (community college, vocational and four-year universities)
For FAFSA assistance, Youth in College placement, DCFS Scholarship, Tuition and Fee Waiver, Education and Training Voucher (ETV) and Community College Program information, please contact:

Kim Peck
Kim.Peck@illinois.gov
217-479-4816 (Jacksonville office)
217-524-1982 (Springfield office)