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Caregiver Connections

The Baby Fold’s Caregiver Connections Program is a part of a free, statewide initiative helping children and providers in family child care, preschools, and home care settings where more attention needs to be given towards a child’s behavior or social-emotional wellbeing. 

Through the Caregiver Connections Program, we can help care providers and families:

  • Assess and reflect on the relationships, routines, and practices that negatively impact the classroom, caregiving and home environment.
  • Identify healthy social-emotional teaching strategies and supports that help young children stabilize and succeed in a variety of settings.
  • Provide opportunities to increase self-awareness of their caregiving strengths by building reflective capacity.
  • Help children gain emotional regulation skills by practicing nurturing self-care and developing routines.
  • Access community resources that meet the needs of the child and support healthy development, growth, and resiliency.

In addition to the consultation and support services provided through the Caregiver Connections Program, The Baby Fold offers training and professional development opportunities to childcare providers at their request on a variety of topics related to development and mental health in young children. The topics covered include but are not limited to addressing challenging behavior, trauma informed care, culture and diversity, child development, attachment theory, and the importance of healthy relationships.

Childcare professionals and parents caring for infants, toddlers, or young children age 0-5 within the 19 county service area of The Baby Fold’s Caregiver Connections Program can complete a self-referral to request consultation and support services from our early childhood mental health consultants. 


  • Livingston
  • McLean
  • Ford
  • DeWitt
  • Mason
  • Menard
  • Logan
  • Scott
  • Morgan
  • Sangamon
  • Christian
  • Macoupin
  • Montgomery
  • Iroquois
  • Champaign
  • Vermilion
  • Macon
  • Piatt
  • Douglas


Interested in becoming involved with Caregiver Connections? Submit a referral here








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