A New Name for a New Reality: The Ounce is Now Start Early Read More

Healthy Parents & Babies

Coaching and support to pregnant women, young parents and children from birth through age 3.

Program Details

Healthy Parents & Babies is an Early Head Start program that offers wraparound support and services to pregnant women, young parents and children from birth through age 3 in Chicago.

Take the first step

Services to Pregnant Women

Healthy Parents & Babies pairs expecting mothers with doulas who provide coaching during pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks of life.

Our doulas help:

  • Develop healthy prenatal routines
  • Prepare for a successful pregnancy and labor and delivery
  • Establish strong attachments between you and your baby

Once your baby is born, a transition from doula to home visitor helps your family continue building a strong relationship with your child and creates a safe and stimulating home environment.

At-Home Visits With Families

Home visitors from the Healthy Parents & Babies program help your family build a foundation for success through individual home visits centered around your child’s development. This strong foundation provides a safe and nurturing environment for young children to develop essential academic, social and emotional skills that will prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.

Our home visitors help:

  • Provide weekly 90-minute home visits, at home or in the community, with individualized lesson plans specifically for families
  • Offer parents educational activities that help establish learning habits to stimulate their child’s brain development
  • Help develop healthy eating routines for families
  • Ensure families are connected to health care resources and other supports

Community Resources

In addition to doula and home visiting services, Healthy Parents & Babies provides the following supplemental supports to families:

  • Prenatal group and parent meetings/trainings
  • Events to socialize and interact with other children and parents
  • Literacy events
  • Male involvement groups
  • Limited transportation assistance
  • Services for children with special needs

Healthy Parents & Babies is an inclusive environment that provides support to families navigating the process of obtaining early intervention for children with special needs.

Baby boy laying on mothers chest

Program Eligibility

We serve children, prenatally through birth to age 3, and their families. Women must be pregnant to enter the program but can be of any age and any stage of pregnancy. Program participation is not limited to first-time mothers or first-time participants in the program, but participants must meet Early Head Start income eligibility guidelines.

Learn More