RefugeeOne is a resettlement agency based in Chicago, Illinois, that offers home visiting for refugee families using the Baby TALK (Teaching Activities for Learning and Knowledge) model. Home visitors—all refugees themselves—pair with families who have similar cultural or linguistic backgrounds. See full story
Engaging Newcomer Refugee/Immigrant Families Through Inclusive Home Visiting Strategies. View presentation document
Immigrant families often face barriers while fearing deportation or other unintended consequences if they seek help. Home visiting services can support refugee and immigrant families in engaging with others, coping with trauma, and accessing community resources and services. Access to services, in turn, may help offset concerns such as food and housing insecurity and negative […]
In several Illinois programs the Baby TALK model has successfully engaged refugee and immigrant families in home visiting services. This profile first describes the evidence-based family engagement model and then examines its implementation in two communities with refugee and immigrant families, many of whom have experienced trauma.
SPRINGFIELD – A bill that would allow community colleges to grant bachelor’s degrees for early childhood education is awaiting consideration before the Senate Higher Education Committee.
Senate Bill 1832, sponsored by Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas, D-Chicago, would give Illinois community colleges the option to apply for accreditation to offer a baccalaureate-level early education program.
Leveraging the Potential of Home Visiting Programs to Serve Immigrant and Dual Language Learner Families
A child’s first years are ones of exceptionally rapid growth, a period that can lay the foundation for school readiness and healthy socioemotional development. Growing awareness of the importance of investing in infants and toddlers is reflected in the spread of home visiting programs—family-focused social services provided in the home.