About Safe Start
Safe Start Initiative: Safe Start Demonstration Sites
Chicago Safe Start
Lead Agency: Chicago Department of Public Health
Safe Start Staff:
- Ann Parry, Director, Office of Violence Prevention, Chicago Department of Public Health
- Marlita White, Safe Start Project Director
- Erica Davis-Robinson, Education Coordinator
- Ebony Dill, Implementation Coordinator
- Paul Schewe, Local Evaluator, Dept. of Psychology, University of Illinois, Chicago
For more information, please contact Marlita White, Project Director, at (312) 747-9396, or visit Chicago's Safe Start website at http://chicagosafestart.net.
Chicago Safe Start is a new federally funded, five-year initiative to prevent and reduce the impact of exposure to violence on children ages zero to five. Chicago Safe Start will serve young children and those responsible for their care by preventing violence before it occurs and minimizing the consequences of violence when it does occur. Chicago Safe Start will achieve this through system-wide and community-based prevention and response services that link and build on existing resources, engage additional resources, and build enduring partnerships among all parties involved with young children. The result will be safer and healthier families, and, when needed, sustained and appropriate responses to the ongoing needs of children exposed to violence. Chicago Safe Start is a collaboration of community residents and organizations, city and state agencies working together to serve young children and those responsible for their care by preventing violence before it occurs and minimizing the consequences when it does. Chicago Safe Start is located in the Office of Violence Prevention in the Chicago Department of Public Health. The project is advised by the Chicago Safe Start Council and the Implementation Advisory Board.
- Children who are at risk of or who have been exposed to violence are supported by caregivers, families and communities to ameliorate the effects of such exposure
- Caregivers, families, system and community service providers are aware of the impact of exposure to violence on young children, know the signs and symptoms, and how to help or get help
- A full continuum of coordinated services is available at the community level to address the range of needs for children and families
- The government and private sector institutions and systems that interact with children recognize their role in serving children exposed to violence and collaborate with other organizations to provide a seamless system of care