Additional videos addressing other aspects of the Illinois early childhood system – including Head Start, the child care assistance program, Early Intervention, TANF and WIC, and Special Education – can be viewed here. To view the above video in Spanish click here.This series of videos was prepared by Illinois Action for Children.
What is Home Visiting?
Home visiting is a voluntary service that matches parents with trained professionals to provide family support and parent coaching during pregnancy and throughout their child’s early years of life. Through partnering with home visitors, families learn how to improve their family’s health and provide better opportunities for their children. For more information, click here.
Watch a Home Visit
This photo and audio tour of a home visit between a 24-year-old new mom, her son, and their home visitor, provides an intimate glimpse into these voluntary parent coaching and mentoring programs. The Pew Charitable Trusts prepared this tour so you can experience a home visit for yourself.
Pew has provided other resources about home visiting that you may find of interest; to learn more, please click here.
Find a program
To find a home visiting program in your community, click here for an interactive map or to see the listing of specific communities that offer coordinated intake for home visiting services. If you have any questions, or if you are a home visiting program and would like your program’s contact information updated or changed, please contact Ebony Hoskin at (312) 814-6312 or click here to send her an email.
It takes a village. Illinois home visiting collaborates with numerous partners in order to support young children and families. These partners include:
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago • Children’s Home + Aid • Easter Seals • Ever Thrive Illinois • Family Focus • Fussy Baby Network at the Erikson Institute • Heartland Alliance • Illinois Action for Children • Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health • Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics • Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership • Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition • Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence • Latino Policy Forum • Metropolitan Family Services • Mothers and Babies Program at Northwestern University • Prevent Child Abuse Illinois • Robert R. McCormick Foundation • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law • The Irving Harris Foundation • The Ounce of Prevention Fund • Voices for Illinois Children
This website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number HRSA-16-172 Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program – Formula. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.