About Us

  • The Family Welcome Center prides itself on having caring staff who make the well-being of our new students and their families a priority. The Family Welcome Center is the first stop for all new families in the district when a language other than, or in addition to, English is spoken at home. We are an information center for School District U-46, connecting students, schools, families and the community.


    We offer personalized attention to families in order to help them make the most appropriate decisions for their child’s education. Our experienced and highly qualified personnel assess the student’s English language proficiency in order to determine if the student is eligible for English Language Learner services. Based on the prescribed screener instrument scores, the Family Welcome Center will make a placement recommendation that will best meet the instructional needs of the student. 
    We also provide information to families about the registration process and about resources available in School District U-46 and the surrounding community. 
    We are aware of the pressure and intimidation that new places often bring, and we strive to nurture a smooth transition into an unknown environment for all our new families. Our goal is to make every family that comes to the Family Welcome Center feel respected, valued and most of all, welcomed!