why home visiting is important

Your baby does not come with an ‘instruction manual’.

The early beginnings of pregnancy and the first few years of a child's life are a critical time for brain development which helps lay the foundation for future success. 

You are your child's superhero. With this great power comes a great responsibility – to become the expert on your child. Knowledge is power and knowing there are people in your community who wish to help you become that expert on your child should be comforting to any new parent.

Studies have shown evidence-based home visiting models’ have many beneficial aspects and positive effects on parents, children, and families.


Knowledge drop – Moms and dads that participate in home visiting programs are more likely to read aloud, tell stories and nursery rhymes, as well as sing songs with their children. These simple activities are not only engaging and entertaining but actually stimulate areas of your child's brain that allows them to better understand the meaning of language, literacy, and social skills.


There are many different ‘instruction manuals’ for you and your baby. 

Like every parent, every child is different. 

There is no way to be a perfect parent but there are many different ways to be a good parent. All have multiple benefits, opportunities, and paths that allow the parents to discover what is best for them to become the best parent for their child.

There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Be yourself because that is who your kid loves anyway. 

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how home visiting works

voluntary and no cost to you!

Call 309 687 7615 for more information.

Families who have volunteered to participate in a home visiting program are connected to trained professionals from local community agencies who are here to help, support, guide, and so much more. All services are voluntary and no cost to you! 

What does ‘home visiting’ mean? 

what home visitors do

Additional Information

Parenting  shouldn’t feel like a competitive sport. There are plenty of challenges  without any additional obstacles. And you the parent need all the help  you can get. The strongest as well as the most fragile family requires a  vital network of social support.  

home visitors are trained and experienced with helping families and can…

- Serve as the family’s main point of contact.- Ease the anxiety that every parent feels.- Answer questions about feeding and sleeping habits.- Help you understand your child’s personality.- Provide parenting tips that match your child’s needs.- Watch for developmental milestones.- Show you activities to help your child develop and grow.- Connect you to other community services.  ‘Be strong enough to stand alone. Be smart enough to know when you need help. And be brave enough to ask for it.’  - Tru Dee

contact us with questions

Address: 3310 N Prospect Rd. Peoria, IL 61603

Office Phone: 309.687.7615 E-mail: IGrow@chail.org cheider@chail.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/IGrowCentralIL

who we are


igrow Central Illinois is made up of several local community agencies all dedicated to creating the best possible future for their participants and families. 

our partners include:



This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant Number X10MC29468 and Grant Number X10MC31139 in the total award amounts of $8,618,833 and $8,744,850, 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 U.S. Government.