RESOURCES & SERVICES
Childcare Referral and Resources
1340 S. Damen 3rd Floor Chicago, IL, 60608
Parenting Resources for Parents
The Family Support Program (FSP), formerly known as the Individual Care Grant program, provides access to intensive mental health services and supports to youth with severe emotional disturbance. The goal of the FSP is to support eligible youth and their families by strengthening family stability, improving clinical outcomes, and promoting community-based services.
New Moms supports young families in the Western Suburbs of Chicago including: Oak Park, River Forest, Cicero, Maywood, Forest Park, Berwyn, Bellwood, and Melrose Park. Services include: housing, job training, and family support.
SGA has a Prevention Initiative Parenting Program that is free. They collaborate with parents to ensure that their children are healthy, happy and prepared for school. Services include: In-person/virtual home visits, workshops, developmental screenings, group activities, and referrals to other resources.
1500 S. 59th Ct, 2nd Floor, Cicero, IL 60804
FF has a number of programs for families. A doula is a professional trained in childbirth that provides emotional, physical, and educational support to the family before, during, and after childbirth. Doula Services also include: virtual home visits, relaxation techniques, breastfeeding training, childbirth classes. Early Childhood Development services help parents with children ages 0-5 enhance their ability to provide and advocate for their families. Education and support services for parents during the early years significantly contribute to positive, healthy, child-rearing practices, prevention of abuse and neglect, and success in school. Programs offered to strengthen parental knowledge and skills, and reduce isolation. Services include: home visits, developmental screenings, prenatal and parenting support, education, fitness, and nutritional education, crisis intervention, referrals to health care providers and other community services, support groups for grandparents raising grandchildren.
For information on Doula Services call Carmen Diaz, 312-953-6008 or Soledad Valenzuela, 773-329-7913
For information on Early Childhood Development Services contact Elizabeth Rios, 773-372-8021
CC a number of programs to help families. Their Family Stabilization services is the point of entry for those seeking emergency assistance, case assessment, advocacy, and/or referral to Catholic Charities programs or community resources. Services are available to Spanish-speaking. Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adoption Support provides confidential counseling to individuals and families as they make life choices, and offers post-adoption support, registry, and search and reunion services. CC also has 2 child development centers in Berwyn and Summit.
For Information on the Family Stabilization Services, call (877) 426-6515
For more information on Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adoption Support, call (312) 655-7086.
For information on the Berwyn Childhood Development Center, call 708-303-3650
The Children’s Center of Cicero Berwyn provides a nurturing, developmentally appropriate atmosphere for children, while supporting parents and caregivers in their critical role as their child’s first teacher.
Partnering with parents supports children prenatal to preschool or kindergarden entry in Oak Park and River Forest through home visiting and group activities that help parents grow as their child's first teacher. Services are free and offered by highly qualified staff.
411 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
Oak-Leyden has Children services that include, Early-Intervention, Evaluations and Screenings, and Therapy Services.
1 Westbrook Corporate Center, Suite A-640, Westchester, IL 60154
Suburban Access's Child and Family Connections program provides opportunities, information, and referral services. These are the starting point for all children under the age of 3 and who may have developmental delays.
4415 Harrison St. Suite 311, Hillside, IL 60162
At Easterseals, we know the first five years of life lay the foundation for a child’s long-term well-being and overall success.
Because children learn and grow at different rates, even the most attentive parents can miss some important milestones.
As a leading provider of child development services, we are here to be your partner in raising a healthy and happy child. We’ll help you be aware of the five key growth areas during these critical years before your child starts kindergarten.
Every year, more than a million children will enter school with an undiagnosed developmental delay. We want to change that. We want to ensure all children start kindergarten with the right skills to succeed alongside their peers.
Together we can make the first five years count.
4415 Harrison St. Suite 201, Hillside, IL 60162
All of us have a story to tell, and our clients are no different. Since 1989, the staff of Suburban Access has advocated for individuals with intellectual disabilities. We work hard every day so that these amazing individuals can receive acknowledgment, assistance, and access to life-changing services. We do this work so that their stories may not only continue, but be extraordinary.
1004 Pawlak Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451
844-580-5000 (Someone available to talk to 24/7)
A welcoming environment with parents just like you who are going through similar experiences. The group allows for feelings of safety when processing everyday struggles of PPD or Post-Partum Depression. Assesments are free of charge and offered 24/7
Lead Hazard Reduction and Home Improvement Program offers free home lead inspections and lead hazard repairs. This program is for those who live in Suburban Cook County, have children under 6 years old or for those who care for children under 6 years old. See flyer below.
Clothing and Furniture Assistance
Chicago Furniture Bank
4801 S. Whipple St, Chicago, IL 60623
West40 are official partners with CFB. Please fill out the Referral Form on the Home page or Contact age for more assistance and information. The CFB will furnish an entire home. The cost is $50 per visit (can possibly be waived) to the CFB warehouse. Referrals and appts are required and so is transportation of the items you want.
Catholic Charities- Clothing Room
1400 S. Austin Blvd, Cicero, IL 60804
The Clothing Room provides new or gently used clothing, footwear, and outerwear to families in need. Open Wednesdays from 10AM-2PM. Please call for more information.
1500 S. 59th Ct, 2nd Fl, Cicero, IL 60804
From now until June 0f 2022, Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month families can pick From 12PM-2PM. Send a text to 312-282-2879 with your name , diaper size, and pick-up time. * Size availability is not guaranteed. See Flyer below.
Diaper Distribution information can be found in the filters when searching for a local food program.
Health and Medical Care
3 Erie St Oak Park, IL 60302
2160 S 1st Ave Maywood, IL 60153
Emergency Shelter Assistance for Minor Youth
6650 W. Irving Park in Chicago
The Maryville Crisis Nursery provides free, short-term care for parents in distress and experiencing a crisis. The Nursery protects children birth to age 6 from abuse, neglect, or trauma. Children receive round-the-clock child care for up to 72 hours for each stay. Issues that bring families to the Maryville Crisis Nursery include unemployment, parental illness/hospitalization, poverty and homelessness.
1110 N. Noble Street (4 blocks southeast of the Division Blue line stop)
Best times to call: before 9am, after 9pm. Youth 14-20. TGNC youth and single parents w/ children are welcome. 4 month maximum stay. Transitional Living Program available to clients in the interim program. No ID required.
3262 N. Clark Steet
Provides 4 months shelter for pregnant and/or parenting youth. 8 beds, 8 cribs. Youth ages 14-20. Call for intake.
2703 W Division Street
For ages 14-17. All genders. 3 week stay. Meals, showers, family reunification. Call to schedule intake.
Teen Parenting Support
*At the moment, these services are for students in the Proviso Area only*
The main goal is to help teens identify their parenting needs and assist in removing the barriers that are preventing school attendance and ultimately graduation.
Discussing school rights and self-advocacy
Navigating specific educational needs to ensure equity
Empowering teen parents through life skills training
Daycare tours/interviews and assistance with IL Action for Children daycare application
Interviewing providers for prenatal and pediatric care
SNAP and WIC application education and support
PACE bus and transportation options
Liaison with providers in the community to create a support network for teen parents
Providing food resources, diaper, formula, wipes, clothes, and baby supplies
Home visits and connections to parenting classes
School advocacy: accommodations, homebound tutoring, etc
For support in the Proviso Area contact:
West 40 Teen Parent Advocate
Do you know a pregnant or parenting teen in the Proviso Area?
Fill out the Teen Parent Referral Form. >>>>>>>> Teen Parent Referral Form
Professional Learning Support
Vivian Palicki, MSS
Professional Learning Team
Birth to Five Specialist
Birth to Five Illinois Action Council
West40 ISC#2 Area 1-B-B