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From the Principal…

Dear Ridge Families,

Welcome to Ridge Early Childhood Center, where our team is fortunate to work with the youngest learners of Forest Ridge School District 142. Our goal is for all children to learn and develop to their fullest potential, through participation in a positive and nurturing environment provided by the collaborative efforts of parents, teachers, administrators, and community. We will work together to meet your student’s individual needs.

Ridge is home to the Kindergarten students of District 142. We also provide an At-Risk Pre-K program and Early Childhood program, which serve students age three to five. The Focus on Families program integrates Parents as Teachers curriculum to allow families educational opportunities starting at birth. This program consists of parent education meetings, playgroups and home visits. 

Academically, students will be introduced to learning standards through a variety of hands-on and motivating activities. With observation and assessment, the staff will develop instructional plans to help students achieve success in the classroom. Socially, the students will constantly be encouraged to work with others in a positive manner, while building their character. Staff implements the PBIS program to encourage positive behavior throughout the school day.

Education is truly a collaborative effort between home and school. Together we will provide the foundation needed to help achieve academic and social success. Please know that you can contact the school with any accolades, questions or concerns.

I am looking forward to watching the students grow, explore and discover.  This is sure to be an exciting school year!


Liz Ehrhart


Pre-K Screenings for 2017/2018


Pre-K screenings will be held on Monday, September 25th, Monday, December 4th, Monday, February 12th, and Monday, April 30th, at Ridge Early Childhood Center.  Children must be a resident of District 142 and three years old on or before the day of the screening. 

Please call 708-687-2964 to schedule an appointment.

(See District 142 homepage to view residency requirements)