building a community of wellness and healing around trauma



Welcome to Illinois Project LAUNCH

Illinois Project LAUNCH is a grant program of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which seeks to promote the wellness of young children birth to age eight. Using a public health approach, Project LAUNCH focuses on improving the systems that serve young children and address their physical, emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral growth.


Through innovative strategies, Illinois Project LAUNCH works to promote mental health wellness for pregnant and parenting families in the Greater Westside of Chicago, that will influence state level policies and programs.

Participating Partners

Effie O Ellis Head Start

Garfield Park Conservatory

Carole Robertson Center for Learning

Chicago Children's Museum

helping our communities soar above the stars