Peoria County Regional Office of Education

Elizabeth Crider

Regional Superintendent


ROE Adult Literacy  – (formerly UPWARD) has been in existence since 1983 serving the needs of our community. We are an affiliate of Pro-Literacy America, and we provide direct one-on-one tutoring service within our community (Peoria, Marshall and Woodford Counties) by recruiting, training and matching volunteer tutors with adults in need of basic reading skills. Since our inception over 35 years ago, we have helped hundreds of adults improve their reading skills and learn to read and speak English. We have trained over 300 tutors over the years, many of which remain with our program today. We train approximately 50 volunteer tutors annually and match them with adult learners almost immediately. We offer ten tutor training workshops per year, normally at local libraries. Tutoring is normally set up by the tutor and the individual learner to meet their individual schedules and is held at a public place such as a library, church or even a school. Tutors normally meet one hour per week with their adult learner teaching the skills necessary to become a fluent reader. If you have questions regarding the workshops and becoming a volunteer tutor, if you are interested in finding out more about our program, or know someone who could use our tutoring services, please contact our office at 309-672-6087 or email us at

Arts in Education Spring Celebration – This annual six-week program completed its 26th year in 2011.  The purpose of Spring Celebration is to offer students in grades K-12 in central Illinois schools the opportunity to perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their abilities in the Fine Arts and the Applied Arts.  The students from 133 schools from six counties (Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Marshall, and Henry) participated in the program in 2008.  Private community-wide support made this harbinger of spring possible.  Over the years, this program has received awards that include the Arts Education Advocacy Award, Sidney R. Yates Advocacy Award, Innovations in American Government Semi-finalist Award, Governor’s Home Town Award, and others.

Illinois Virtual School – The Illinois Virtual School is a statewide initiative that provides online learning for students in grades 5-12 that is taught by federally designated, high quality teachers. IVS is a division of the Peoria County Regional Office of Education and is financially supported through the Illinois State Board of Education. Coming soon will be online professional development for educators.

Office of Children and Community Service (OCCS) – Today’s education administrators, parents, teachers, and community leaders are searching for programs and agencies that will help keep our children healthy and safe.  The strategy of the Office of School and Community Support is to provide accessible community-based support programs through the Peoria County Regional Office of Education.  OSCS is designed to help schools share information, obtain input from a variety of sources, and use resources effectively.  Our goal is to develop coalitions to make schools a safer and healthier place for children, educators, families, and communities.

Peoria County Jail Education – This state-mandated educational program for incarcerated persons consists of three separate components:  1) General Educational Development (GED) for those reading above an eighth grade level; 2) Literacy Program for those reading below an eighth grade level; and 3) an educational and social service orientation program for all approved students that is conducted upon incarceration and prior to release.  A career spectrum test is also administered to students through Illinois Central College for individual areas of employment interest.  Two hundred twenty-three confined students participated in the ABE/GED Education Program this year.  Despite the short-term opportunity, forty were successful in securing their GED diploma. Students are also offered classes in Food Service Sanitation Certification, Parenting, and Anger Management.  Sixty-eight received their state licenses in food sanitation.

P.E.R.F.E.C.T. – This program coordinates career and technical education in the Peoria County schools.  It includes a regional cooperative program that helps students prepare for future employment in agriculture, business, health, family and consumer science, and industrial occupations through classroom instruction and on-the-job training.  The Peoria County Regional Office of Education serves as the fiscal agent.

Preschool for All – Preschool For All is an historic expansion of Early Childhood Programs that makes Illinois the first state to offer voluntary preschool to all three and four year olds whose parents want them to participate.  The Preschool For All Program emphasizes the relationship among early childhood education, parenting education, and involvement and future success in school.  With these funds, Preschool For All will expand services to children who are at risk of school failure and for the first time extend eligibility to children of lower middle income families.

Project T.A.R.G.E.T. – Project T.A.R.G.E.T. is a truancy/dropout prevention program that works with all students in Peoria County with school attendance problems.  Caseworkers work with students and their families to determine the root cause of the poor school attendance.  Referrals are made to community services identified by the needs of each family, and rewards and incentives are offered to schools and students for improved attendance.  The Truancy Assessment Center is used by the police and the community to assess the needs of students taken there when found on the street during school hours.  Court intervention and ticketing is used when all other options are exhausted.

Homeless Education (McKinney-Veto Act) Program:  This program insures that children and youth experiencing homelessness in Peoria County will have a full and fair opportunity to succeed in school.  The Act ensures that families, children, and youth receive educational services for which they are eligible.  This office provides a Liaison to the schools and students to ensure that they are afforded the right they are entitled to.  The Liaison for Peoria City/County is Mary Ellen Ulrich at (309) 495-4800.