With a 30-year history as an innovator in the implementation of home visiting services, Illinois offers home visiting services in more than 200 sites, through a combination of federal, state, local and private investments. In 2009, an estimated 20,000 families were served through home visiting programs in Illinois. These efforts are supported by well-established collaborative infrastructure at the state and community levels.
The OECD in coordination with the HVTF recently applied for multiple Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHVP) grants, which are part of the Affordable Care Act, worth a possible $20 million over four years from the federal government to continue to build and expand evidence based home visiting programs.
Home Visiting Task Force
In 2008, the ELC created the Home Visiting Task Force (HVTF) under its auspices to support the development of one coordinated, high-quality system of home visiting programs that reaches all at-risk children under five years of age. The long-term goals of the Task Force are to expand access to evidence-based home visiting programs for all at-risk children; improve the quality of home visiting services; and increase coordination at the state and local levels. The Task Force is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders, including representatives from national home visiting models, statewide administering agencies, program providers, researchers, parents, and advocates. The HVTF, led by its Executive Committee, serves as the convening, policy-setting, and decision-making body for the Strong Foundations Partnership
Home Visiting Initiatives
Evidence Based Home Visiting
For more information about resources available to home visiting providers, please see DHS' Home Visiting page.