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“The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston is committed to the care and early education of infants and toddlers, and to supporting their families’ efforts to be self-sufficient providers and effective parents.”

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston ProgramsUpholding this mission, IWSE takes great pride in the outstanding care and education we provide for our community’s youngest children every day. IWSE offers services through two early childhood centers and a home visiting program. Our specialty in all programs is infants and toddlers.

Hallmarks of care include:

  • An exceptional teacher to child staffing ratio (3 staff to 8 children per classroom)
  • An integrated program, which offers developmental screenings for every child and provision of needed early intervention services on site
  • A qualified and stable teaching staff
  • Our centers are accredited by NAEYC, The National Association for the Education of the Young Child

Baby Toddler Nursery

Baby Toddler Nursery (BTN) is Illinois’ longest running licensed infant toddler center, offering subsidized, fee-based and Early Head Start programs to children from six weeks to five years of age. BTN serves 70 children each day, more than 80% from low-income families.

Teen Baby Nursery

Teen Baby Nursery (TBN), also NAEYC accredited, offers early care and education for 16 infants and toddlers of parenting teenagers, to allow them to complete their high school and/or college education.

Family Support Program

Since 2005, Family Support Program (FSP) has offered intensive home visiting services to the most at-risk families in our community. Serving nearly 50 families from birth to five, our parents and parents-to-be live in Skokie and Evanston. The core of the service provided by IWSE is to foster a healthy parent-child bond, and maximize healthy social and emotional development for parent and child alike. The program operates by providing weekly home visits and twice monthly socializations that support parenting and relationship-building with other families.

What’s Ahead?

Infant welfare Society of Evanston Donate 2016Young Parent Empowerment Program

Many of our young parents, ages 17-23, especially our teen fathers with children in our programs are in need of support and engagement that is unique and authentic in its approach. Many of the fathers are not engaged in the lives of their children. Some are among the most at –risk young people in Evanston. In collaboration with the Good Life Organization and other Evanston partners, this program will offer an evidenced based, social-emotional learning and empowerment curriculum.

Nutrition, Healthy Cooking, Horticulture Programming

Partnering with community agencies, including Edible Evanston, The Talking Farm and Cooking Matters, this new program will embed nutrition, horticulture and healthy eating into our current programming models at IWSE. We will grow vegetables in our own garden beds, learn to cook healthier meals, and engage teachers, parents and grandparents in field trip and demonstrations to enhance their children’s health and development.

Scholarship Initiative

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston Donate 2016Through the changes in funding and eligibility requirements, working, though still economically struggling, families already in our care need increased fiscal support to meet their financial obligations for child care. From a developmental and relational perspective, we recognize the worst thing that could happen for our children would be to lose the consistency of early care and the educational stimulation they now receive. A new scholarship initiative to support IWSE families will enhance our ability to offer needed financial support to families, and ensure no child is ever turned away from needed quality early childhood education.

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