Mentoring parents to give young children a healthy start
With our community-based partners, the Ounce of Prevention Fund offers voluntary home visiting services to nearly 1,900 families throughout Illinois.
In our evidence-based home visiting programs, parent coaches provide child-development and parenting information to help teen parents create safe, stimulating home environments; model positive and language-rich relationships; and ensure families are connected to medical, dental, mental health, and other supports.
Research has shown that home visiting programs increase children’s literacy and high school graduation rates, as well as how much parents read to their children. In addition, home visiting programs increase positive birth outcomes for children, improve the likelihood that families have a primary care physician, and decrease rates of child abuse and neglect.
The Ounce is the leading provider of professional development and training for home visitors in the state.