Our Mission

Caregiver Connections supports child care providers, families and communities to build capacity in nurturing positive relationships, healthy social-emotional development and resiliency for all young children.

This unique free support program helps child care providers throughout the state of Illinois recognize, understand, and respond to the social emotional needs of the children, birth through age five, in their care. 


There is good reason for providers to be concerned with a child's social emotional needs:

  • The clear relationship between a child's healthy social emotional development, success in childcare, and later success in school.

  • New findings on young children's behavior and the importance of the child/caregiver relationship. 

  • "Non-typical or difficult to manage behaviors" in young children may be the result of emotional problems. 


Our services are based on trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, relationship-based and developmentally appropriate principles:

  • We provide child or program focused infant/early childhood mental health consultation for children 0-5 in order to strengthen the capacity of child care providers (referred to as providers) and families to effectively meet the social emotional needs of young children.

  • We provide professional development opportunities and trainings for providers, families and communities on a variety of topics including trauma, culture and diversity, child development, and the importance of healthy relationships/attachment.

  • We collaborate with providers and families to assess and reflect on the relationships, routines and practices that impact the classroom, caregiving and home environment.

  • We collaborate with providers and families to identify healthy social emotional teaching strategies and supports that help young children stabilize and succeed in the classroom, caregiving and home environment.

  • We help providers and families identify and access important community resources that support healthy development and resiliency in young children.

  • We provide an outside and supportive perspective in helping providers and families to better understand and explore the meaning in individual/group behavior of children.

  • We assist providers and families in accessing and utilizing appropriate developmental screenings to understand and inform on the individual needs of children and determine when a referral for additional services may be helpful.

  • We facilitate opportunities for providers and families to build on their skills to regulate themselves and children through healthy self-care and caregiving routines.

  • We provide opportunities for providers and families to increase self-awareness of their caregiving strengths by building reflective capacity.



Caregiver Connections is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, and coordinated by Chaddock. 

© 2014 by Caregiver Connections.  

205 South 24th Street 

Quincy, Illinois  62301