North Liberty Family Resource Center

Garner Elementary 
Penn Elementary
Van Allen Elementary
80 Birch St
230 N. Dubuque St
170 Abigail Ave
 North Liberty, IA  52317
 North Liberty, IA  52317
 North Liberty, IA  52317
            (319) 688-1194       
            (319) 688-1154      
            (319) 688-1189      


Jill Winders - NLFRC Director (Garner)
Kelsey Hildebrand - Family Resource Center Coordinator/Remedial Skill Specialist (Garner)
Kris Hynek - Family Resource Center Coordinator (Penn)
Allison Krause – Early Childhood Empowerment Specialist (Penn)
Shelli Williams – NLFRC Associate & Family to Family Coordinator (Penn)
Kelly Erickson - Family Resource Center Coordinator/Remedial Skill Specialist (Van Allen)

The North Liberty Family Resource Center is designed to help ALL families living in the North Liberty area. The NLFRC is housed within the schools at Garner, Penn, and Van Allen Elementary.  All programs and services of the North Liberty Family Resource Center are FREE of charge.


  • Family Supportis available to anyone seeking strategies on family issues including but not limited to: student support, mental health concerns, child development, budgeting, behavior management, basic needs, truancy concerns, problem solving in crisis situations, and much more.
  • L.I.F.T (Learning Includes Family Ties)is a voluntary family support program. The NLFRC staff will meet with your family at a minimum of twice a month to work on school-related and family-related goals that you identify.
  • Student Support Team (SST)is a group of staff organized to provide various types of support services and referrals for school age children. The NLFRC staff is members of this team.
  • The Tutoring Program is for students in 3rd - 6th grade. They are matched for 9 weeks in a 1 on 1 setting.  Classroom teachers refer students to this program.
  • Parent Lending Libraries are located at all NLFRC locations. Many books and videos/DVDs are available on a wide variety of family topics.
  • Referrals and Assistance to Community Resources are available through the NLFRC.  Staff can connect you with appropriate resources and help with registration or completion of applications.  Examples may include but are not limited to:  health care providers, remedial and therapy services, food/clothing resources, FIP/Food Stamps, heating assistance, homeless resources, holiday resources, HAWK-I, and child care resources.
  • Parent University is an annual event designed to increase knowledge on parent selected topics.  The NLFRC staff and school counselors collaborate to provide speakers, snacks and child care for this event.
  • Family to Familyis a program that connects families in need of household items with families who have them to donate.
  • The Supply Pantryis located at the Penn Elementary NLFRC. Various non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, and school supplies are available by appointment.
  • Transportation may be provided, on occasion, to families who have no other means to an important appointment.
  • Empowerment Family Supportis a program available for families who are pregnant and/or have children ages birth to preK. This home visiting program offers but is not limited to the following: fostering parent-child relationships, school readiness, help locating childcare, locating health care, assessing developmental stages and playgroups. This is the only NLFRC program that is income based.  Parents as Teachers (PATis available for those families over income.



    • Donate paper products, household cleaning supplies, basic hygiene supplies, and/or school supplies to the supply pantry.
    • Donate your used clothing to Stuff, Etc. in Coralville (the NLFRC account number is 6941).
    • Volunteer your time to the after school tutoring or other NLFRC activities.
    • Provide a monetary donation for the NLFRC’s programs.
    • Call Shelli at             319-688-1154       to be added to our monthly Family to Family needs list sent via email, or call with your gently used household items to donate.