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

Council’s President/CEO.

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.


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.  

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Winners!

T.C.O.C. handed out 12 scholarships this year to individuals pursuing a college education. Thank you to those who traveled to be recognized at our Board Meeting on June 30, 2019 in Mendota. Best of luck to all of our winners in all of your educational goals!

To view the agency's

community action plan,

click below:

Community Action Plan 2019

current news AND INFORMATION

 Serving the 9 Counties of Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark, and Whiteside Illinois


Community Action Agency

Building Opportunities to Transform Communities


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.

Fact Sheets & 990 Forms

Job opportunities


Serving the Nine Counties in Illinois

The Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC), Community Action Agency, was organized and incorporated in 1965 by a group of interested citizens from Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties for the purposes of investigating the frequency, location, character and cause of poverty; and coordinating efforts to prevent, alleviate and eliminate poverty through the cooperation of public agencies, private organizations, business, industry and interested individuals.

  • To strengthen and enable low-income people to become self-sufficient through the attaining of necessary skills, knowledge, motivations and opportunities.
  • To better organize a wide range of services related to the needs of low-income people in Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside Counties by utilization of innovative approaches and new types of services in attacking the causes of poverty including the support of self-help groups and cooperative efforts of low-income people.
  • To encourage participation of low-income people in the planning, development and implementation of programs and projects and in the decision making processes of governmental entities affecting their lives.
  • To strenghthen the capabilities of the CAA's community for planning and coordinating federal, state, local and private assistance related to the elimination of poverty by broadening the resource base of programs to include public officials, private organizations, individuals, business and industry.