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Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (pages 216-225), the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is a partnership of federal, state, and local government agencies, and community-based organizations.  The main goals of the Illinois MIECHV program are to expand or enhance one or more evidence-based models of home visiting; ensure that the home visiting programs are effectively connected to community based services; establish a system of universal screening and coordinated intake in target areas; and enhance or establish an early childhood collaborative in target areas.

Referral Resources for Providers

Early Intervention

Early Intervention (EI) as a developmental model is a federally-mandated, federally and state-funded program that provides assessment, therapeutic services and service coordination for children.  They serve children birth to age 36 months who have a medical diagnosis that predicts delay, or are considered to be at-risk for developmental delay. The EI System is the system that implements Part C of IDEA in Illinois and the Illinois Early Intervention Services Act.  The program is implemented through the Illinois Department of Human Services. The Child and Family Connections offices are the entry point into the Early Intervention program in Illinois.


Illinois’ Early Intervention program’s mission is to assure that families who have infants and toddlers, birth to three, with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child’s development, while respecting the diversity of families and communities

Principles of Early Intervention

Referral to Child and Family Connections (CFC)

CFC Office Locator

Intake Policy and Procedures

Eligibility Determination

Standardized Illinois Early Intervention Referral Form

A successful referral to Early Intervention requires the use of documentation such as the Standardized Illinois Early Intervention Referral Form to standardize the referral process between the referring agency and the CFC. A standardized form increases the accuracy and pace of the referral to EI, enhances communication among the medical home, the referring agency,  the CFC, and the family, and gauges the family’s experience and ability to follow-up on a referral.

Statewide Provider Database (SPD)

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Statewide Provider Database (SPD) is an online database with comprehensive information on service agencies and programs throughout Illinois. The SPD was developed to assist caseworkers in identifying and locating appropriate services for their clients. SPD contains information on services that are open to all children and families. SPD saves you time by searching all the available resources for the closest provider that offers the service you are looking for. Each program location in the SPD is assigned a geocode which allows SPD users to search for services by distance from a client’s location. Currently, SPD includes over 1600 agencies, 3600 programs, and over 17,000 services. DCFS employees can contact the DCFS helpdesk at 800-610-2089 to get access to the SPD. Non-DCFS employees can contact Dana Weiner at to get access to the SPD.

MIECHV Coordinated Intake Office Referral Fax Back Form

The MEICHV Coordinated Intake Office Referral Fax Back Form is designed to foster continued communication and care coordination between the Coordinated Intake Office and the medical home.  This form should be completed by the Coordinated Intake Office and returned to the patient’s primary care provider to inform them about the referral outcome.

Resources for Families

Health Care Visit Check List for Parents/Caregivers

This check list was developed for families by Family Voices in collaboration and with the support of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  The Bright Futures for Families initiative was established to provide families with family-friendly, child health and development information and materials based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Bright Futures: Guidelines for the Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (3rd ed.), used by health professionals across the country.

Bright Futures Family Pocket Guide: Raising Healthy Infants, Children, and Adolescents: 2nd Edition (2012)

Developed for families by families, in partnership with the AAP and other professionals, this convenient resources is based on the AAP Bright Futures: Guidelines for the Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (3rd ed.).  Find more information and order hardcopies at the link above.

Milestones of Early Literacy Development

Created by Reach Out and Read, the Milestones of Early Literacy Development, offers information in an easy-to-read-grid on the developmental stages, both motor and cognitive, that lay the foundation for learning to read.  Targeted to ages 6 months through 5 years, the Milestones include tips and guidance for providers, parents and caregivers on choosing books and reading aloud to children at different ages.  The chart is available in both English and Spanish.


Coordinating Care Between Home Visiting and Primary Care Medical Home: An Interprofessional Approach

Enhancing Developmentally Oriented Primary Care (EDOPC)

The Enhancing Developmentally Oriented Primary Care Project (EDOPC) is a resource for healthcare providers in Illinois. EDOPC offers online training in developmental screening, social/emotional screening, perinatal maternal depression screening, domestic violence screening, and care coordination. The online training allows you to learn about validated screening programs at your own pace and is available for CME credit.

Additional Resources

ACE Study

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study has shown strong links between childhood trauma can injure a child’s brain, and impairs the brain’s physical development and functioning.  These experiences cause children to have a difficult time learning, making friends, and trusting adults, among other things.  This website provides information about the ACE Study and includes other helpful resources.

The Role of Preschool Home Visiting Programs in Improving Children’s Developmental and Health Outcomes 

This policy statement from 2009 reviews the history of home visiting in the United States and reaffirms the support of the American Academy of Pediatrics for home-based parenting education and support.

Care Coordination Protocol: A Toolkit for Providers (coming soon)

This toolkit is designed to assist providers (i.e. child care, early intervention service providers, education providers, home visitors, primary care providers, those serving homeless children and families, and others) who serve families with young children (birth-5) in providing effective and sustainable practices for referral and follow-up processes to ensure that these children are linked to appropriate services that best fit their developmental needs. In addition, the toolkit provides care coordination procedures and protocol examples to enable the same audience to share important information with medical homes and participate in the development of  an anticipatory/proactive plan for appropriate services for the child and family, integrating the recommendations of multiple professionals and service systems.

For more information about the MIECHV Project please contact:


Elise Groenewegen, 
Manager, Child Development Initiatives
P: 312/733-1026, ext 204
F: 312/733-1791