Program Supports

Consultation Services

Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) recognizes the critically important role of early learning programs in building a firm foundation that allows children to reach their academic and social potential. Creating high-quality and highly effective learning environments requires skilled and committed leaders and teachers to foster positive outcomes for children.

Effective teachers engage in reflective practice; continuous child assessment; and utilize curricula that support whole-child development. Strong program leadership is also required to ensure positive outcomes for children and increase the capacity of classroom teachers.

Illinois Action for Children’s Consultation Services engages early childhood program leaders to provide support to teachers through coaching, mentoring, professional development, training, and technical assistance. Illinois Action for Children’s integrated suite of consultation services covers the topics of:

Illinois Action for Children’s Consultation Services are available at no cost to you through our partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services. Click on each title above to learn more about each program. You are welcome to engage in a single service or you can combine all three – we are committed to a consultative engagement that meets your specific needs.

Location of Consultation Services Team – IAFCs Community Partners

IAFCs Consultation Services team is comprised of dozens of skilled and experienced professionals who are committed to your success. Currently, consultants are regionally-based throughout Cook County, making it easy for consultant(s) to make regular visits to your program.

In addition to providing support for ongoing provider training and professional development, each of Illinois Action for Children’s Community Partners headquarters offices services as a “home-base” for our consultants while they are in the field. There is at least one (1) of each consultant type (Quality, Infant-Toddler, Early Childhood Mental Health) assigned to each Community Partner-based region.

See the map on the right for details on the areas served by each of IAFCs Community Partners:

Community Partner-based Regions

Service areas of Illinois Action for Children and Community Partners by Zip Code

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If you have questions about Consultation Services, contact:

Deborah Chalmers
Director, Consultation Programs