BOARD MEMBER VACANCY
Tri-County Opportunities Council’s Board of Directors is comprised of 39 members from three different population sectors, Public, Private, and Low-Income located within the nine counties in which it serves.
We are currently seeking a low-income representative two Private (Organizational) representatives for Carroll and LaSalle County.
1. Demonstrate a strong belief and commitment to TCOC’s mission.
2. Devote the necessary time to prepare for and participate in Board Committees.
3. Be an enthusiastic advocate for TCOC’s mission and its programs.
4. Ability to work as a team member with other Board members for the betterment of TCOC.
5. Commit to attend regularly scheduled Board of Director meetings once a month.
6. Willing to recruit new Board members as needed.
Interested in becoming a Board Member? Contact our President/CEO at 815/625-7830, ext. 15 for more information on how to become our next Board Member for our agency.
TCOC's Mission Statement:
Tri-County Opportunities Council will investigate the impact of poverty throughout our nine county service area and will work in partnership with individuals, families, and communities to provide opportunities that supports movement towards stability and self-sufficiency.
Join us in welcoming Jill Calkins as our new President/CEO!
Jill has been employed with T.C.O.C. for 28 years, beginning her journey as a single mother, who enrolled her son in the Tri-County Opportunities Council Head Start Program in the early 1990’s. When her son was in Head Start Jill recognized the impact that the program can have on a child and their family, which lead to her interest in applying for a position the following year for the TCOC Head Start Program.
Throughout the years, that passion just continued to grow and over the years she continued to grow both personally and professionally. Head Start became more than a job, it was a career. As Jill changed positions over the years, it was always exciting to play a new role in the services the program offered to children and families.
In 1994, Jill obtained her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and was hired as a lead
Teacher for the Head Start Program. After getting married later that year, Jill continued to work as a
Teacher for the Tri-County Opportunities Council Head Start Program until 1999; that is when she
moved into a Site Supervisor position in which she would manage and supervise teaching staff within
the nine-county service area.
Over the years; 1999-2005, Jill continuously moved up the career ladder with the Head Start Program
as the Education Specialist and Special Options Manager. Jill wanted to utilize more of her skills within
the agency and decided to go back to school and earned her Bachelors in Liberal Arts Degree. After
achieving this goal, Jill again moved up to become the program’s Head Start/Early Head Start Manager.
In 2011, she received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education and became the Head Start/Early
Head Start Director in January 2013-July 1, 2019, in which she became Tri-County Opportunities
The staff at Tri-County Opportunities Council are excited to have such a dedicated person to lead our agency. Congratulations on your new position!
Check out the Head Start/Early Head Start's Health Website at
The TCOC Health Website offers specific health requirements for each of our programs: Head Start, Early Head Start, and our Pregnant Women's program, specific health requirements, printable forms, and much more.
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On May 18, 1965, Tri-County Opportunities Council was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Illinois for the following purposes....
TCOC's Fact Sheets and 990 Forms are available for the community to see how we spend our money and a brief overview of what TCOC's Program accomplished over the years....
TCOC posts all job openings for all of our programs on the agency website as well as all local newspapers surrounding that area.
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Serving the Nine Counties in Illinois
Tri-County Opportunities Council will investigate the impact of poverty throughout our nine county service area and will work, in partnership with individuals, families and communities to provide opportunities that supports movement towards stability and self-sufficiency.