Prevention Initiative

PI Program Information

The Prevention Initiative (PI) is a home visiting program funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and is aligned with the research-based Baby TALK Model. We serve families with children birth to age 3 (including pregnant women) who qualify for the services due to developmental delays, language, or economic disadvantage.

Our mission is to support and educate parents by establishing a trustworthy and collaborative partnership with them. Working with pregnant women and families with children birth to age three provides us the opportunity to positively impact their child’s development and enhance the parent-child relationship even before a baby is born. By providing free high-quality services and resources, our program not only impacts a child’s life, but also impacts the parents’ lives!

The purpose of the PI program is to provide early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive evidence-based child development and family support services. The program incorporates developmental assessments and functional hearing and vision screenings to monitor the child’s development and well-being. All services and activities offered and promoted are free. Services are provided in English and Spanish.

This program operates year-round and offers home visits directly to families in their homes twice per month. Parent education and parent/child interaction are included in each home visit. 

The PI program also offers:

  • A monthly parent-child group encounter
  • Parent workshops
  • Summer family activities.

The program has a referral system. Home visitors assess families’ needs and refer them to different community agencies to receive additional services and support.

Toy & Book Lending Library and Parent Resource Center

The PI program has a free toy/book lending library open to all families enrolled in the program. Enrolled families can borrow toys and books to enhance their interaction with their child. The library also provides parents with many resources to understand child development and to support parent education. Many of our materials are available in the parent’s primary language.

For more information, please contact Veronica Marquez at 847-718-7952, or  veronica.marquez@d214.org
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