Illinois has long valued evidence-based home visiting programs as an effective and efficient strategy for improving the life trajectory of expectant and new families who are at risk for poor health, educational, economic and social outcomes. Over the past three decades, Illinois has reflected this value by developing a robust statewide home visiting system that cuts across agencies and funding streams, reaching from the highest levels of government to the providers on the ground.
Illinois home visiting is supported by the following funding sources:
- Maternal Infant and Early Childhood (MIECHV) Program administered by Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Education
- Illinois Department of Human Services- Healthy Families Illinois
- Illinois State Board of Education (through the Early Childhood Block Grant)- Prevention Initiative
- Illinois Head Start Association
These funding streams support a network of over 300 programs across the state serving approximately 17,000 families per year. Illinois is committed to continuous improvement and innovation, and to addressing the state’s diverse geographic and demographic realities.