Smart Start for Healthy Children & Families

Smart Start is a free program for low-income women and girls in Peoria County who are pregnant or who have young children. The program was developed by the State of Illinois as a means to decrease infant mortality, decrease very low birth weights, and increase access to medical and dental care for eligible individuals.

Smart Start has two focuses. The Better Birth Outcomes (BBO) initiative works with expectant mothers, and the Intensive Prenatal Case Management (IPCM) initiative helps parents of young children access services to increase maternal and child health. For both initiatives, TASC coordinates access to services including:

  • prenatal, postpartum, and infant care education
  • medical care referrals
  • housing
  • transportation
  • coaching/guidance
  • shelters
  • food programs
  • education

 

Eligibility

The Smart Start program is designed for low-income moms or care-givers, infants, and high-risk children up to the age of three in Peoria County. Women and girls may be eligible for free assistance from Smart Start if they meet the following criteria:

  • are pregnant or have an infant under age one
  • live in Peoria County

 

TASC’s Role

TASC’s comprehensive services in the Smart Start program include:

  • medical case management and health care coordination for eligible clients
  • client advocacy
  • screening for perinatal depression and developmental delays
  • assessment for family needs
  • home visits
  • community outreach and engagement
  • referrals to other programs/agencies as needed

 

Primary Funder
Illinois Department of Human Services

 

Contact
Shundra Parker at 309-282-2652

 

Did You Know?

The Smart Start program was developed by the State of Illinois as a means to decrease infant mortality, decrease very low birth weights, and increase access to medical and dental care for eligible clients.

Reach & Results

TASC served 2,082 families in the Smart Start program in FY13.

Counties Served

  • Peoria