Professional Development

The Ounce of Prevention Fund (the “Ounce”) is the recognized training provider for all home visitors in the following programs in Illinois: Healthy Families America; Parents Too Soon; and Parents as Teachers. Other professional development resources for home visitors include:

  • Futures without Violence works with home visiting programs to provide domestic violence and child abuse training and education.
  • Gateways to Opportunity is a statewide professional development support system designed to provide guidance, encouragement, and recognition to individuals and programs serving children, youth, and families.
  • Illinois Resource Center (IRC) provides assistance to teachers and administrators serving linguistically and culturally diverse students.
  • Mothers and Babies at Northwestern University is a program that promotes healthy mood, bonding with one’s baby, and strategies for pregnant women and new moms to cope with stress in their lives.

  • STARnet Northwest Region I and Central Region III provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on children with special needs. STARnet supports family-centered, researched and effective practices in early childhood education and care.
  • 4P’s Plus© is the only validated screening instrument specifically designed to quickly identify obstetrical patients at risk for use of tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs.

Required and Recommended Trainings for MIECHV Home Visiting Staff

MIECHV Health Recorded Webinars

OECD partnered with the DHS Maternal Child Health Nurses to record a series of webinars on health related topics important to home visitors and home visiting staff, including the following:

Recommended Training Resources for SIDS – Infant Safe Sleep, Breastfeeding, Inter-conception, Immunizations, and Smoking Cessation

SIDS – Infant Safe Sleep Online Resources

Infant Safe Sleep Online Resources

Infant Safe Sleep Dialogue

Infant Safe Sleep Handouts in English

Infant Safe Sleep Handouts in Spanish


Safety and Home Visiting

The personal safety of home visitors while they support and partner with families is of paramount importance. The following resources are designed for home visitors, home visiting supervisors, and home visiting agencies regarding this issue. The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, in collaboration with the Ad Hoc Safety Workgroup of the Home Visiting Task Force, has compiled these resources and strongly encourages the Illinois home visiting community to review and incorporate them (as applicable) into their programs. This portion of the website will be updated from time-to-time to include new, updated and additional resources. If there are safety-related materials that you think should be included on this website, please contact Lesley Schwartz at

Other Resources

  • An application for smartphones called “Every Block” shows the locations from where calls to the police have been placed within the last two days. This application enables one to see (from a geographical perspective) where specific activity has been reported within a community.
  • The website of the National Center for Community-Based Child Prevention provides a variety of resources from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, including a series of educational videos covering a variety of topics (e.g., general safety, family assessment, trauma-informed practices, domestic violence, mental health, fire arms, drugs, and child abuse and neglect reporting).

Recommended Resources for Child Safety Prevention

Each year, unintentional and intentional injuries take a devastating toll on children and families. Nationwide, unintentional injury continues to be the leading cause of death among children ages 1-14. Fortunately, Home Visitors and other Birth to Three providers can play a vital role in preventing child injury. Home Visitors already offer screening, education, coaching, and empowerment to parents around child development, parent-child attachment, and access to health care and other services. As they build relationships with parents, they can use this timely opportunity to deliver key messages around child safety, and they can connect parents with information and resources to reduce risk of child injury. Click here to learn more about this resource guide and how it was developed. 

Unintentional Harm


       Child Development

        Home Products

Safe Sleep and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (More resources above)




       General Injury

 Protect Parent’s Mental Health