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Resources and Links

Helpful Phone Numbers

Illinois Poison Center phone number: 800-222-1222
The Illinois Poison Center serves all of Illinois 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Staffed by nurses, physicians, pharmacists and other poison specialists, the IPC offers free, confidential poison prevention advice and treatment recommendations via a toll-free hot line. Visit their website for free information.

Day Care Information Line: 877-746-0829
Call the toll-free number to receive information on a provider's licensing status, capacity, and past six months history of DCFS licensing violations. Have the providers name and address available when you call. This line is provided by DCFS and has information only on license providers.

Child Abuse Hotline: 800-252-2873
Call if you suspect or know of an incident of child abuse or neglect.

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) 618-993-7100
Licensing Offices: This number may be called if you suspect a licensing violation of someone caring for children, FCC home or center.

Child Support Services: 800-447-4278
Provides information on how to collect child support payments and obtain information on child support enforcement, genetic testing, etc.

Local DHS Offices

Alexander County Phone: (618) 734-0762
Franklin County Phone: (618) 439-4351
Gallatin (office is in Harrisburg, Saline Co) Phone: (618) 253-7161
Hamilton (office in Carmi, White Co.) Phone: (618) 382-4685
Hardin ( office in Golconda, Pope Co.) Phone: (618) 683-2921
Jackson Phone: (618) 687-1705
Johnson (office in Anna, Union Co.) Phone: (618) 833-2118
Massac Phone: (618) 524-2631
Perry Phone: (618) 542-4714
Pope Phone: (618) 683-2921
Pulaski Phone: (618) 745-9411
Saline Phone (618) 253-7161
Union Phone: (618) 833-2118
White Phone (618) 382-4685
Williamson Phone: (618) 997-6591

Local Health Departments

Southern Seven Health Department
(Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac,
Pope, Pulaski, and Union Counties)
Phone: (618) 634-9394
Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department Phone: (618) 993-8111
Egyptian Health Department
(Gallatin, Saline, and White Counties)
Phone: (618) 273-3326
Hamilton County Health Department Phone: (618)-643-3522
Jackson County Health Department Phone: (618) 684-3143
Perry County Health Department Phone: (618)-357-5371

Programs and Websites


Child Care Aware Parent Network

Community Resource Directory

SFI/ Parent Cafes, etc.

Parenting Counts
Parenting Counts is the research-based family of products developed by Talaris Institute to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.

Parenting 24/7
a "one-stop" source of news, information, and advice on parenting and family life from University of Illinois Extension. Designed for parents and grandparents of children from birth through the teens, it provides feature articles with research-based information, video clips of parents and experts, breaking news and commentary, newsletters, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web.

is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Starting Points
is a resource guide with information and services for Grandparent Caregivers.

Health and Safety

Safe Simple Sleep Campaign (INCCRRA)
Babies haven’t changed but the way we put them to sleep has. All babies need…

Safe – A safe crib with no moving parts.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Crib Information Center

Simple – A simple sleep space. No bumpers. No blankets. No stuffed toys.
American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children Parents Page

Sleep – To sleep on their backs.
SIDS of Illinois

Health Insurance/ All kids
Provides information on healthcare options for Illinois residents; provides information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for medical assistance; provides information on the different healthcare programs based on families needs.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care
Some highlights of this website include a study on cost, quality and outcomes, state child care regulations, and national safety standards. An extensive links page with resources on everything from lead poisoning to playground safety is useful for both parents and child care providers.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Childhood Obesity Project (INCCRRA)
INCCRRA and IDHS provide information on childhood obesity through this website. The seriousness of obesity in young children is communicated and connects you to current research on the issue.

Child help
Provides information on prevention, intervention and treatment for children who are victims of abuse and neglect

Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families 2009

American Lung Association Asthma & Allergies

Child Passenger Safety (NHTSA)

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Illinois Poison Center

Immunization Information

Kids Health and Safety Information

Early Learning Resources

Early Learning Illinois
The Illinois Early Learning Project Web site is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois. The Web site offers printable Tip Sheets for caregivers and parents in English, Spanish, and Polish; answers to Frequently Asked Questions; a customized question-answering service; a statewide calendar of events for parents and caregivers; an easy-to-use database of links to "the best of the Web" on topics related to early care and education; activities related to the Illinois Early Learning Standard Benchmarks; the Illinois Projects in Practice Web site; and periodic "Ask an Expert" events.

Learn the Signs (Child Growth and Development)

National Safe Kids Campaign

SIDS Illinois

Smile Healthy

USDA My Pyramid (Food Guidelines)

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