It all started when…

In 1999, seeing a need in the community for a safe, controlled environment where kids could go after school, parishioners at Good Shepherd Presbyterian church in Rock Island, Illinois started Spring Forward Learning Center as a mission project. The program, which served about 40 students from Audubon Elementary, quickly expanded to include homework help and tutoring. By 2007, the growing need for after-school programming motivated the church to establish a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so that it could support even more schools in the district.

In 2009, Spring Forward Learning Center added a second program site at First Presbyterian Church in Milan, springboarding steady expansion that would grow to include seven after-school and summer programming sites, as well as a family literacy program and soccer club.