University of Illinois Urbana‑Champaign

Home Visiting, IDHS Programs

About the data

Latest data: FY2019

Home-visiting programs serve high-risk new and expectant parents. Some programs are targeted to teen parents. The goal of the program is to help them learn to effectively parent their child, reduce the rate of subsequent births, improve the health and emotional development of the teen, enhance self sufficiency, and promote healthy growth and development of their children. Services include weekly home visits and peer group meetings on related program topics. IDHS home-visiting programs are operated by community-based service providers in communities throughout the state.

IDHS home-visiting programs are required to adhere to one of three evidence-based home-visiting models:

  • Healthy Families Illinois (HFI): Assists expectant and new parents identified as having a significant risk for child abuse/neglect to reduce that risk through intensive home-visiting services.
  • Nurse Family Partnership (NFP): Uses nurse home visitors to assist low-income first-time mothers and their children to improve their health and life-course.
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT): Provides information, support, and encouragement to parents to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

These home-visiting programs are administered by IDHS or through a subcontract with Start Early (formerly the Ounce of Prevention Fund).

  • Healthy Families Illinois: Some HFI programs are administered by IDHS itself. These HFI programs serve parents who demonstrate the greatest need. These may be first-time teen parents, but the program is not limited to that group.
  • Parents Too Soon, home-visiting programs adminstered by Start Early (formerly the Ounce of Prevention Fund)
    • These include programs using all three types of evidence-based home-visiting models: HFI, NFP, and PAT
    • The Start Early-sponsored HFI programs exclusively serve first-time teen parents.

Source of definition:

Data available on IECAM

Number of children served

The total number of children served by IDHS home-visiting programs.

Source of data: IDHS Bureau of Childhood Development and Start Early

These data are available by state and county.

  • Searchable data on the IECAM database are reported for the IDHS/HFI programs and the Parents Too Soon programs administered by Start Early that encompass all three evidence-based home-visiting models (HFI, NFP, and PAT). Data are reported by county, separated by numbers in two groups of children: 0, 1, and 2 years of age and 3, 4, and 5 years of age.
  • The data on number of children served are reported for the location of the service, not the residence of the child. For example, if a child lives in McHenry County but receives Parents Too Soon services from Kane County, this service is counted for Kane County.
  • IDHS reports data on PTS programs in fact sheets for some years. This data represents the number of adult participants in the program, not the number of children served.