Partnering with Parents supports children prenatal to three years old in Oak Park and River Forest through home visiting and group activities that help parents grow as their child’s first teacher, meet other parents and get connected to other needed services.

Partnering with Parents offers high-quality and innovative services that are brought to you by Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago with support from the Collaboration for Early Childhood.

Benefits of Home Visiting

  • Services are free and offered by highly qualified staff
  • Makes a real difference in the lives of parents and children
  • Helps all children enter school ready to learn
  • Utilizes an evidence-based home visiting model
  • Helps to build strong families and promotes positive parent-child interaction or relationships
  • Improves children’s health and development
  • Parents receive information, referrals for needed services and support from knowledgeable and compassionate staff


120 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302
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Collaboration for Early Childhood Contracts with Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago to Deliver Services for Children Prenatal to Age Three

Oak Park, IL – The Collaboration for Early Childhood announced that it has entered into a contract with Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago for the provision of home visiting services in Oak Park and River Forest for families with children ages 0-3. The expansion of these services in the community is an important goal of the contract the Collaboration signed in 2013 with the Village of Oak Park, Oak Park Elementary School District 97 and Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 to establish a comprehensive, high-quality system of early childhood services.

“Children’s first and most influential teachers are their parents. Partnering with Parents will support children prenatal to three years old through home visiting and group services focused on helping parents grow as their child’s first teacher. After a thorough evaluation, we believe we have found a strong agency with local roots that will provide high-quality, innovative services to area children and their families,” said Ann Courter, the chair of the Collaboration’s board of directors. “Easter Seals has experience in coordinating outreach and services with other home visiting providers, as well as expertise with research, community collaboration, and a commitment to the use of data for quality improvement. We are pleased to be able to continue to develop and strengthen the local infrastructure necessary to support the effective delivery of services to the youngest children in Oak Park and River Forest.”

“We are delighted to grow our child development services to include Partnering with Parents,” said Tim Muri, President and CEO of Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago. “Easter Seals has provided home visiting services for more than 30 years. We look forward to continuing to provide help, hope and answers for children and families in Oak Park/River Forest.”

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago is a champion for abilities serving more than 38,000 children, adults and families through comprehensive autism and child development programs and services. Today and every day, Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago works in our local communities so children and adults can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago is one of 74 affiliates in a national network of programs, which collectively serve more than one million people annually. The Easter Seals network of programs provides home-visiting services locally and nationwide.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago has operated a wide range of programs in Oak Park since 1968, including medical rehabilitation, workforce development and military and veteran services. Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago’s Head Start/Early Head Start services, based in Oak Park, will complement the addition of the Home Visiting Program. Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago’s development department is also located in Oak Park. Erikson Institute, another leader in early childhood education, also shares office space with Easter Seals in Oak Park for their Center for Children and Families.

Founded in 2002 by all six of Oak Park’s governing bodies, the Collaboration for Early Childhood is a public/private partnership that leverages the resources of more than 60 local agencies to promote the development of a comprehensive, community-wide system of high-quality programs and services to foster physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development during the critical first five years of life.

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