The Importance of Parental Involvement

Positive and effective parenting is key to a child’s success. Whether academically, socially, emotionally, or otherwise, studies show that when a parent is actively and positively involved in a child’s life, that child can overcome many environmental risk factors that might hinder future success. Parenting is not always easy, however, and oftentimes parents need help and guidance. If you find yourself in this position and are in need of help, 2-1-1 can connect you to many resources that can assist you. Our trained team is here to talk with you about different options and situations, and to refer you to organizations that can offer you ready assistance.

One local resource that is helpful to parents and families is the Crittenton Center. The Crittenton Center’s Milestone Program works with a strengths-based model that builds on individual family strengths while recognizing that good parenting is vital to a child’s future. This program focuses on identifying parents’ strengths and using them to develop collaborative relationships to support parents in their important job of raising children. The Crittenton Center also offers a Parent Education Program, which aims to enhance parental resilience, build knowledge of parenting and child development, and foster social connections, which are all proven strategies in preventing and reducing child abuse and neglect.

Additionally, the Children’s Home Association of Illinois offers various parental classes and assistance. For example, the Children’s Home Association offers “Art of Parenting” classes, free classes that teach parents effective parenting methods, including non-violent discipline techniques, improved communication with children, and how to diffuse power struggles with children. They also offer “Good Beginnings” classes to educate and support first-time, at-risk pregnant and parenting young women, so they are able to give their child the best start possible.

If you and your family are ever in need of assistance of any type and are unsure where to go, the Heart of Illinois 2-1-1 is a valuable resource. Simply call 211, a free and confidential call, to be connected to a trained staff member who is able to connect you to many different local resources. If you have trouble connecting to this number, you can call 309-999-4029 or search for your specific need at