Good Beginnings - Children's Home Association of Illinois
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Good Beginnings

Provides education and support to prenatal and parenting moms in the Peoria and Tazewell area to help with the challenges of pregnancy and parenting.  All services are free and voluntary.  All programs are family-focused, strength-based, and here to help you be the best parent you can be.  Good Beginnings has been supporting, educating, and strengthening families since 1983.


1) Home Visiting Program

Provides education, support and resources for your family through home visits conducted by a trained Family Support Worker.  Available to first and second time parents with children under age 5 in Peoria and Tazewell Counties dealing with the challenges of parenting. Parents qualify prenatally or before their baby turns two weeks old. We are a Healthy Families America Accredited Program.

Home Visitors provide: Parent education in your own home, parent groups and field trips, lending library for books and developmental toys, developmental screening, support with your goals, and community Referrals


2) Doula Services

Our Community-based Doula’s provide labor support, education and home-visits to mother’s in our home visiting program beginning in the third trimester.  Doula’s do not give medical advice but are with the mother during labor and the birth of the baby to help make the mother as comfortable as possible. 

Doula’s provide education on: Prenatal care, comfort measures, emotional support, labor and birth, postpartum care, and newborn care

Prenatal Classes offered four times a year and are open to all expectant parents in the community.


3) Family Connects Illinois

Newborn Nurse Home Visiting ProgramWhether you are a new parent or experienced, consider an in-home nurse visit from Family Connects. All Peoria county families who deliver at OSF St. Francis Medical Center receive an in-home nurse visit courtesy of Family Connects. Family Connects supports parents like you by bringing health care providers, community resources and families together. Our mission is to connect you with resources that nurture your whole family and support you and your child’s health and well-being.

What Family Connects Provides for You: Baby weight and health check, mom health check, breast or bottle feeding assistance, help with diapering, bathing and swaddling, postpartum depression screening, educational information, family planning, early literacy information, and community referrals


4) Coordinated Intake

Coordinated Intake (CI) is a collaborative process that provides families with a single point of entry for home visiting programs within our community.  A trained Coordinated Intake worker serves as a hub for home visiting, assessing families’ needs, referring them to an appropriate home visiting program, and tracking what happens to the referrals. 

Your community Coordinated Intake Worker can: Help you connect with the best home visiting program for your family’s needs, answer any questions about home-visiting programs, and give you community referrals


For more information, please contact:

Christopher Heider
Email Christopher here

Jennifer Graham – Director
EmailJennifer here

Children's Home Association of Illinois
Administration Building
2130 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 685-1047
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider.
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