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Over this last year, we have again faced challenges, uncertainty, and unrest. But we have also achieved many successes and accomplishments that most would have never thought possible! That is why it is now more important than ever to celebrate home visiting and to share our appreciation for all the hard work home visiting staff and programs have put in this year. In 2020, amidst an ongoing pandemic, home visiting programs provided 47,307 home visits – which is almost 4,800 more than the previous year. This tremendous effort could not have been done without all the dedicated and hard-working home visiting staff throughout the state! Your commitment to your families and each other has been such a bright light in rather dark times. We hope you can take a second and soak in the appreciation and the gratitude for the work you are doing! We hope you enjoy this appreciation video and celebration page made just for you!

Watch our Celebration Video!
Home Visiting Participant Testimony

Hear from home visiting program participant, Brianne, talk about the impact home visiting has had on her and her family!  Brianne’s home visitor wrote about her, “Brianne is resilient, she has a positive attitude and she is aware of how her life experiences have impacted her and her parenting.”


While we know Brianne is just one of thousands of lives home visitors have touched throughout Illinois in this past year, we hope her story inspires you and helps home visitors everywhere see how important they are to the families they serve and every community they work in!


There were 47,307 home visits

completed by Healthy Families Illinois programs


There were 1,197 home visits done for the first time for a family


There were 2,659 families served by Healthy Family Illinois programs


823 fathers were involved in home visits

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There were 1,760 first time parents involved in home visiting

The above is just one report from one home visiting program model. Can you imagine the impact we have had on Illinois children and families collectively?
Thank you to all of the home visiting models below and others that work throughout the state!
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Thank you to all of our home visiting funders for sharing their appreciation for the amazing work all home visiting programs are doing throughout the state!
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Throughout the last year, several HFI sites have worked extremely hard to receive their accreditation through the National HFA Office. We want to recognize the sites who have received their accreditation in 2020. 
Metropolitan Family Services - Chicago VNA Health - Aurora
Easterseals - Rockford
Livingston County Health Department Fayette County Health Department   Sangamon County Health Department   Pilsen Wellness Center - Chicago
One Hope United
YWCA - Rockford
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Aunt Martha’s - Kankakee
Aunt Martha’s - Danville
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We would like to recognize the following Parents as Teachers sites that earned the Blue Ribbon designation in 2020. These affiliates earned the Blue Ribbon designation by meeting all essential requirements and at least 75% of the quality standards through completion of the affiliate self-study.
Princeton Elementary School District #115/Early Childhood-PAT (IL)

Family Center School District 65/Prevention Initiative (IL)

Shaumburg School District 54 (IL)

Springfield Public Schools #186/Parents as Teachers (IL)

Dupage County Regl. Office of Educ./Parents As Teachers (IL)

Marillac Social Center PAT/Marillac Social Center (IL)

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago/Partnering with Parents (IL)

Naperville Community Unit School District #203/Ann Reid Early Childhood Center (IL)

Mendota CCSD #289/Small Steps-Parents as Teachers (IL)

The Children's Center of Cicero/Berwyn (IL)

Tuesday's Child/Chicago Public Schools (IL)

We would like to congratulate the following Nurse Family Partnership program that was implemented in 2020.

Egyptian Health Department

Each year, we celebrate home visiting staff who have reached anniversary milestones working in home visiting!  Each milestone is a huge accomplishment and this year we are excited to celebrate all the workers who have reached their anniversary milestones.
Katherine Garcia
Kimberly Coleman
Mary Kay Rose
Nancy Hanson
Rosy Barrera
Sandra Ihssen
Taishia Meeks
Ana Espejo
Dana Lozano
Blanca Martinez
Ginny McPerryman
Jacqueline Troutman
Silvia Aguilar
Datia Rosenberg
Yesenia Flores
Carolina Ortega
Luz Ramirez
Jennifer Downes
Julie Castle
Kristen Watson
Carol Cervantes
Kim Stahl
Jeremy Smith

Sandra Guzman
Diane Levy
Karen Carter
Ming Qiu
Pasha Page
Sarah Siatkowski
Yolanda Sanchez
Elizabeth Rios
Ana Mendez
Raquel Perez
Erin Morgan
Sandra Schultz
Alejandra Ortiz

Raquel Kroencke
Laura Beavers
Maria Espejel
Whether you have been working in home visiting 5 years or 5 minutes, we thank you for your hard work and we celebrate your dedication to making life better for the children and families of Illinois.
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