• Welcome to the Ridgeland School District 122 Prevention Initiative Program

    About our Program

    The Prevention Initiative Program (Birth to 3) is a grant funded program that strives to ensure children within our community have effective and supportive relationships with the adults in their life. We can begin to service families prenatally with
    expectant mothers through children ages birth to 3 years. Our home visitors provide support to parents and their children in their homes based on the goals set with the family at no cost to the families. Additionally, families are able to meet other families at playgroups, community activities, family events, and parent education opportunities.  These exciting encounters support the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines along with the Baby Talk Curriculum.

    Families must register, be screened, and found eligible to receive services from this free program. All families must live within the boundary lines of Ridgeland School District 122.  If interested or should you have any questions, please contact one of the home visitors listed.

    Mission of the District:

    Knowing that all children can learn, we strive each day to provide an environment that contributes to positive attitudes and personal success for learners.

    We believe:

    Every child can learn.

    Every child is unique and deserves respect.

    Learning needs to be the focus of every classroom.

    The environment needs to foster self-worth and a positive relationship among students, staff, parents, community, and the Board of Education.

    Our community will benefit from schools with a challenging curriculum that is developmentally appropriate.

    Therefore, we can build an educational foundation to serve children not only in further educational services but in life as well.

    Program Includes:

    Home Visits


    Family/child goal setting

    Parent Education Workshops

    Family connections to community resources

    Child Developmental Screenings

    Field trips

    Coffee Talks

    Family Engagement Nights

    Parent Lending Library

    Childhood Transitions

    Parenting Support

    Supporting childhood development using BabyTALK Curriculum

    Prenatal Development


    BabyTALK Curriculum

     Baby TALK Curriculum is a research-based curriculum that has been used to support Parent and Family Engagement for 30 years across the country. Parents are valued as their children’s first and best teachers and the curriculum’s approach is to come alongside families and build upon and deepen connections between parent and child. The curriculum aims to establish and deepen working relationships with families and support the child’s development from the prenatal stage to age 3.


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