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.

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Support for Childcare Providers in Illinois

Caregiver Connections

This unique free support program helps childcare providers throughout the state of Illinois recognize, understand, and respond to the social and emotional needs of the children, birth through age five, in their care. For over 15 years, Caregiver Connections has provided mental health consultation to childcare programs across Illinois. 

Why 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.
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