What Is Home Visiting

Illinois Action Home Visiting Services Video

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

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This video series was prepared by Illinois Action for Children.

What is Home Visiting?


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Home visiting provides family support and coaching through planned, regular visits with a trained professional based on a family’s needs and schedules.

Home visiting is a voluntary program, and home visitors work with parents on practical parenting skills as well as family bonding before birth and as children grow up.

Through partnering with the home visitors, families learn how to improve their family’s health and provide better opportunities for their children.

Babies do not come with instruction manuals but home visiting may be the next best thing, particularly during this time in a child’s life. The prenatal period and the first years of life are a critical time for brain development that lays the foundation for future success.

To learn more about home visiting visit the National Home Visiting Resource Center.

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.

The National Home Visiting Resource Center offers resources about home visiting. To learn more, click the link below.

To find a home visiting program in a specific community, click here for an interactive map or to see the listing of specific communities that offer coordinated intake for home visiting services.

Questions? Need to find a home visiting program or would like a program’s contact information updated or changed? Email us at dhs.homevisiting@illinois.gov.


5 Things to Know About Home Visiting

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant Number X10MC43579 and Grant Number X10MC39684 in the total award amounts of $8,473,513 and $8,257,262, respectively, for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, and 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. 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 United States Government.