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€4 million fund to target the most disadvantaged children in Tallaght area

The funding will establish early initiative programmes that will support children and families.

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES in Tallaght West are set to benefit from a €4 million investment in early intervention programmes.

The programmes, which are targeted at the most disadvantaged in the community, aim to support “better outcomes for children and families,” said Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) chief executive Marian Quinn.

The new programmes will be coordinated by the CDI and continue until 2016.

Young children

Ms Quinn said they would be consulting widely with the community to identify new programmes that would best meet community needs, but said that in particular they wanted to specifically target 0-3 year olds.

CDI has already overseen seven prevention and early intervention prevention programmes in Tallaght since 2007, which have helped more than 5,000 children and parents improve their literacy, speech and language skills, health in schools, community safety and conflict resolution.

Improving outcomes

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Dermot Looney welcomed the investment stating that the initiative is a model of “how we can improve outcomes for children by evaluating services to identify what really works. I am delighted that this work is to continue and be developed further. It will bring much needed benefit to the community”.

The initiative is co-funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Atlantic Philanthropies.

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