Funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, a program of the Stephenson County Health Department

How This Work Impacts the Early Childhood System

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Children are Born Healthy

Helping families get ACCESS to services through coordinated intake. 

  • Coordinated Intake through IGROW  assesses a parents' needs and offers enrollment in Doula Services , Parents as Teachers or other community programs.  Referrals to other services are made based on parent need.  
  • Increase enrollment in the first tri-mester of pregnancy in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program
  • Partner with FHN OB Unit and Monroe Clinic to increase the percentage of mothers who made the decision to exclusively breastfeed their baby

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Children Stay Healthy
  • Promote IGROW , the online text notification system reminding parents of needed developmental & social-emotional screenings,  immunizations and well-child visits 
  • Increase the percentage of parents who understand at what ages their children should be screened, and what screenings are appropriate


Helping families get ACCESS to a variety of screening services 

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Children Enter School Ready To Learn

Helping families find QUALITY child care and preschool services

  • Provide parents with access to reading materials through Little Free Libraries, summer book mailing program and Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Work with community child care providers to utilize Teaching Strategies Gold curriculum to begin to guage a child's readiness for kindergartern across the community
  • Work with Child Care Solutions to ensure all child care providers are striving to meet ExceleRate State standards


Helping all families get EQUITABLE access to  pre-school services

Parents As Leaders

Helping ensure parents are SATISFIED with programs and give them ACCESS to leadership opportunities

  • This season we have created "Literacy Parent Cafes" where parents create tools that help them build their child's reading skills at home.  These cafes offer parents the opportunity to put their skills to use by offering cafes in other locations.  They are trained, and provided a small stipend for their time.   Parents are a part of designing and evaluating these cafes, and act as a community advisory team who provides input to programs as needed.  
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  • Provide the business community with education as to the status of the early childhood system of services by engaging them in the Raising of America viewing series and conversations
  • Promote a "Baby-Friendly" community where moms are encouraged and supported in their choice to breastfeed in public.  Willing businesses are given a window cling to show their support
  • Provide education for the community on Collective Impact principles - how we can work together better to support our community needs
  • Provide the community with Service Directories to help parents navigate the service system and help providers correctly refer families as needed.

Building CAPACITY of the local service system to provide comprehensive, unduplicated services to community members

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