Spring Forward Learning Center (SFLC) was originally created in 1999 as a mission project at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Rock Island, Illinois. The volunteer tutoring program was supported by the generosity of church members and served less than 40 students from Audubon Elementary School. The original purpose of the program was to provide a safe after-school environment for children coupled with a little extra help with homework. In 2007, the growing need for after-school programming motivated the church to create a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization to support additional schools within the Rock Island community.
In 2009, SFLC opened a second after-school campus at First Presbyterian Church in Milan to serve students from Ridgewood and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools. Since that year, after-school programs and summer enrichment camps have been steadily added each year.
In June 2015, SFLC moved its administrative offices to the Rock Island-Milan School District Administration Center. The move helped SFLC foster close working relationships with key district staff, increase its network of community partners through its on-going affiliation with Check & Connect partners, and gain increased access to resources needed to continually expand and improve its community-based out-of-school programs.
Today, Spring Forward provides free out-of-school time programs to individuals in Rock Island and Milan, Illinois who are in need of academic assistance. Our programs annually serve over 600 children in after-school and summer enrichment programs and 50 adults in our family literacy program. Our work is focused in neighborhoods and schools where we have identified the greatest needs. The families we serve face many obstacles that can potentially derail their journey to a healthy, rewarding and productive life. Our out-of-school time and literacy programs help our children and families by inspiring learning, providing safe and supportive environments, and giving students the essential supports they need to succeed.