Family Literacy Program at Church of Peace


Spring Forward Learning Center (SFLC) is entering its second year of offering family literacy for immigrant and refugee families at Church of Peace in Rock Island. The program runs Monday through Thursday, 9 am – noon, serving 35 adults and 8 children, with priority given to families with children in the Rock Island Milan School District.

Classes for Adult English Learners are designed to teach students literacy and life skills. Our Families come from many different countries and speak many different languages. In 2016-17, the program included students whose native languages included Burmese, French, Karen, Swahili, Kirundi and Arabic.

The program also provides onsite child care/education so parents have a safe, nurturing environment for their children while they attend class. Our trained staff provide enrichment activities and snacks for the children.

Volunteers are critical to the programs success. Please consider supporting us by offering a few hours a week.

The program is Monday through Thursday, 9am – noon, September – May in conjunction with the Rock Island-Milan School District calendar


Volunteer – Adult Literacy
No prior English Language instruction required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Supports staff by assisting with group and individual instruction
  • Collaborates with staff and volunteers to help with activities
  • Models English communication

Volunteer – Child Education
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Assists Child Education Staff with the following:

  • Supervise and monitor the safety of children in their care
  • Prepare snacks for children
  • Help children keep good hygiene
  • Assist staff with activities

If you interested in helping, contact Maria Hernandez at

English Learner Teacher Job Description (PDF)