It’SNOT just fun, It’s educational!
Tickle a giant nose and make it sneeze! Learn how fast a sneeze travels.
Climb through the brain, spine and gooey intestines of our three-story human body exhibit featuring “Active Alex!” Learn about the major body systems and how to stay healthy
Create your own weather report at WKID Weather Station. Learn about weather patterns and what meteorologists do.
Plant your veggies in our interactive garden. Learn what foods help YOU grow.
Explore our splashy water table! Learn about soil erosion, floods and dams
Make yourself at home in our green-built playhouse. Learn about green home construction and see what’s hot and what’s not as you stand in front of our thermal-imaging camera!
Local independent business owners recognized that they were facing unprecedented competition from larger chain competitors, internet merchants, and franchises whose branding power operated on a large scale.
The group understood that it was important to support unique businesses who provide meaningful service with a personal touch, and whose owners invest their lives into the community.
To bring a voice to Springfield merchants and businesses, Local First Springfield was founded in 2008 to encourage consumers to look to local, independent businesses FIRST
Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault (PCASA) supports survivors of sexual violence, promotes healing and prevention and creates social change throughout Central Illinois. We are dedicated to serving as a voice for compassion and justice for victims and a catalyst for social justice in eleven Illinois counties.
The Sangamon County Democratic Party supports expanded job opportunities, fair wages, workers’ right to organize, affordable access to healthcare, a clean environment, safe neighborhoods, equal rights and high quality public schools. Our mission is to elect Democratic candidates to public office at the Federal, State and Local levels to make this happen.
The Springfield Art Association (SAA) a community based, non-profit organization*, promotes and supports the visual arts, provides art education opportunities for the greater Springfield area, and preserves and interprets historic Edwards Place and the collections of the SAA.
5220 S. 6th Street Rd., ste 1700
As the largest, comprehensive statewide program in the country dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) provides a variety of resources and services. As a collaboration of local agencies, TAP is able to offer services that respond to the unique needs of different communities across Illinois.
Family and Community Resource Rooms (FCRRs): All TAP Service Network Partners have a variety of resources available to families, caregivers, teachers, and interested community members on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as other developmental concerns. Resources range from informational brochures, books, videos, tip sheets, and visual aids in addition to developmentally appropriate and interactive games and toys. Trained staff is available to assist you in finding the resources that will be most helpful to you, and can provide assistance in developing visuals tools designed to meet your needs.
Screening and Diagnosis: Utilizing ASD-specific and general developmental measures, as well as information collected from parents and teachers, your child will be screened for the possibility of ASD or other developmental delay. When a screening indicates the need for further evaluation, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is warranted. Overseen by a clinical psychologist or physician with specialized experience in developmental disabilities and ASD, the specifics of the evaluation will be based on the needs of your child.
Social Skills Groups: Children with ASD often face challenges in everyday interactions with others. Social skills groups help children learn the social rules we typically take for granted, and develop a greater level of comfort in communicating with others. Groups vary in length, and are typically age- and gender-specific.
Family Services: Even though only one child in a family may be diagnosed with ASD, the entire family is affected. Trained professionals can provide family treatment, consultation, and specialized resources and supports to address your concerns.
Support Groups: Parents and siblings can often benefit from the reassurance of knowing that others are facing many of the same challenges; hearing of others’ approaches and successes often provides new ideas to consider. Many TAP Service Network Partners host Parent Support Groups and Sibling Support Groups throughout the year, and are aware of different support groups operating in service area. In addition, most Partners offer an educational workshop for parents whose children have been newly diagnosed with an ASD.
Specialized Consultation: Sometimes you have a specific issue or concern and want professional advice – this is when you can benefit from the opportunity to consult with an experienced professional. TAP partners can provide advice, recommendations, and referrals to specialists and other agencies as appropriate. This service is available to parents and caregivers, educators, health care, child care and other providers. Many TAP Partners also provide consultation services in local schools in addition to those services provided in the TAP centers.
Training Programs: TAP offers a number of training programs through our Partners and the Central Office. Programs are available for parents and caregivers, educators, EI professionals, First Responders, day care providers, and others who work with individuals with ASD. In addition, TAP provides Autism Awareness workshops and events throughout the year (and especially during Autism Awareness Month in April) for community groups and the general public. In many cases, trainings and workshops can be customized for the audience or to fit within a specific timeframe.
Enhance our members’ success and advocate on their behalf.
To be the voice of business and catalyst that promotes a vibrant community and economy.
What We Value
Business Resources & Support
Leadership & Professional Development
Visibility & Connections That Matter
Accountability – Brand Promise
We partner with members, investors, volunteers and the community at-large and hold ourselves accountable for:
Providing superior services to our members.
Promoting our community as a great place to live and work.
Advocating for legislative policies and practices conducive for a thriving business community and opposing those that are not.
We are a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors in 10,000 communities to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Visit SpringfieldYMCA.org to read about our amenities and programs.
The mission of The Phoenix Center is to support Central Illinois’ LGBT Community with programming for promoting equality, health & well being, and social and educational growth.
The Center was founded on April 1, 2001 by a group of LGBT teens wanting to create a safe place to meet. For a while they met in a garage and later met at a church. It was then that the 501c3 was formed. Eventually they moved to a building at Laurel & 2nd St. and in 2005 bought their current home at 109 E. Lawrence Ave. Since that move, services and groups have expanded extensively — including one of downtown’s most popular street festivals, PRIDEFest, which takes place in May every year at 2nd and Capitol.