Smart Start for Healthy Children & Families

Smart Start is a free program for low-income women and girls in Peoria County who are pregnant or who have young children. In partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services, this comprehensive program is designed to address infant mortality rates and a wide range of health and life services needs for eligible individuals.

Smart Start has two areas of focus. The Better Birth Outcomes (BBO) initiative works with expectant mothers, and the Intensive Prenatal Case Management (IPCM) initiative helps parents of young children access services to increase maternal and child health. For both initiatives, TASC coordinates access to services including:

  • prenatal, postpartum, and infant care education

  • medical care referrals

  • housing

  • transportation

  • coaching/guidance

  • shelters

  • food programs

  • education



The Smart Start program is designed for low-income mothers or caregivers and their infants. Women and girls may be eligible for free assistance from Smart Start if they:

  • are pregnant or have an infant under age one

  • live in Peoria County


TASC’s Role

TASC’s comprehensive services in the program include:

  • medical case management and healthcare coordination for eligible clients

  • client advocacy

  • screening for perinatal depression and developmental delays

  • assessment for family needs

  • home visits

  • community outreach and engagement

  • referrals to other programs/agencies as needed


Primary Funder
Illinois Department of Human Services


Peoria: Shundra Parker


Did You Know?

The Smart Start program was developed by the State of Illinois as a means to decrease infant mortality, decrease very low birth weights, and increase access to medical and dental care for eligible clients.

Counties Served

  • Peoria