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.
The main source of federal funding for home visiting – the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program – is scheduled to expire in September 2017, unless the U.S. Congress takes action to reauthorize it. In Illinois, MIECHV funding has been a vital part of our home visiting system and our broader early childhood system.
Many opportunities for professional development and training are offered for home visitors and home visiting programs in Illinois.
The Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is the main source of federal funding for home visiting. MIECHV was designed to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs across the U.S. and improve the outcomes for pregnant women and families, particularly those considered at-risk.