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April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

The Parent-Child Home Program really works! Parents don’t want or need to be told what to do. They need opportunities to see and try effective techniques in a warm, non-threatening way. The regular, predictable, stimulating, developmentally sequenced, proven, creative yet intimate Home Visits of the PCHP in which parent and child and Home Visitor play and read and talk together provide the perfect setting for verbal and cognitive growth of parents and children. As a former teacher in the Cambridge Public Schools, I have seen the results: PCHP kids arrive at school familiar with materials, confident to explore and ready to learn; parents arrive at school familiar with the system, confident in their parenting role and ready to be involved.

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I have seen low income, low literacy children and families make significant progress academically and personally, eagerly enroll for school, and succeed along with their peers. I have conducted small research projects with the families and have spoken with many Kindergarten teachers that confirm my observations.

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I would make it available to as many families as possible!

April 25, 2011
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April 25, 2011
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When I responded to an article in the Boston Globe about 10 years ago, I had no idea how much my life would change and how much I would contribute to changes in the lives I touched as a Volunteer with the Parent Child Home Program. Through the years, I have been constantly amazed at how this rather simple, but very effective, weekly in-home visiting program affects the children and their parents. To come to their homes (humble as most in the program are) and engage the children and their parent(s) in reading, constructive play, and other activities most of us take so forgranted, has been truly life-changing - both for me and the little ones I visit. Over the years I have seen 3 1/2 year old twins of color fight through a home filled with addictions and, each week. enthusiastically welcome me and the projects I brought for them. Reading was almost non-existant in this house where the single mother could not read beyond 3rd grade level. By the time they entered kindergarten in a great school system (where they would have been projected to be delayed in comparison to their peers), they blossomed and became excellent students. They progressed through changes in their home location over the next few years (once even ending up in the foster-care system) and experienced going to 3 different schools during the 2nd grade. Finally moving in with their elderly grandmother in a project, I continued to follow them and expand on the PCHP program as they survived one upheavel after another in their lives. Even through this most disfunctional life, they continued to pursue excellence in the one place they could succeed no matter what was going on in the home - SCHOOL. Each year we celebrated our friendship, their goals and all the successes they had experienced. We reminiced about our early days when they would wait for me to arrive and wonder what I had brought for them to read, work on or play with that day. Simple books became more advanced and simple workbooks became the real joy for them at the end of each session. I was continually amazed at their focus for such young children and made a vow to see them through their lives to high school graduation and beyond. In spite of a continued disfunctional home life, they breezed through elementary and middle school. Now finishing their freshman year in high school, they are in predominately honors classes and very proud of what they have accomplished, so far. College is a definite goal and the high school teachers are committed to seeing that these girls get the chance they have worked so hard for since they started in the PCHP program those many years ago. This is but one case, of so many, where the little children and their parents have welcomed me and the PCHP program each week. There can be no doubt that the ideals of the program play a large part in the future success of these participants. Without PCHP in the twins lives, I doubt they would have achieved such success as they have, to date.

I can sight other examples where my involvement with the parent(s), in addition to the child in the program, gave the family a focus they might not have had, a goal to work toward and/or a life change that might not have been achieved without the PCHP in their lives. We don't go into a home with the ideal of making the home any different, but with a goal of bringing a quest for knowledge and education to the children through the parent's involvement. Having that goal passed to them is what the program hopes to achieve by bringing a thirst for learning via our weekly visits.

I know of no program that accomplishes so much for such a minimal cost per child/family. This is the optium return for every dollar invested and benefits the entire community, not just the families involved. The direction and focus relayed to each of the participating families means that the communities where they live should have lower "extra" educational costs than if the children come into kindergarten totally unprepared for the expectations of school. The PCHP child has been given a gift that we hope will be re-gifted through their lifetime.

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the various families I have visited over the years. i.e.- Seeing a mother rise out of a severe depression to take charge of her life and of her family; helping a teenage sibling get a job at the local supermarket, thereby helping the family better afford their living expenses; seeing a little boy recognize that he could operate within the bounds of good behavior in spite of the examples he saw from his brothers - all were really joyful experiences for me!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to "get the PCHP word out" more publicly, so that donor organizations would choose to support the effort to bring this type of very early education to as many of our most deprived and vulnerable children as possible. We should try to do as much follow-up on our families, as possible, in order to document the continued progress through the school years and beyond. This would entail a program which, to my knowledge, is not now in existance.

April 24, 2011

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April 24, 2011

This program makes enduring changes in the attitudes and behaviours of both children and parents. It works with families over time to give them the confidence and new skills to become their children's first and most important teacher and advocate. Using a strength-based perspective and modeling new skills and behaviors, the Parent-Child Home Program should be brought to scale across the country in high-need school districts.

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Working with over hundreds of families, from diverse backgrounds, and struggling with language barriers, low-income, low paying jobs, insufficient housing, I've seen the motivation that families have to do the best that they can for their children. The most effective way of reaching these families is through home visiting.

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Do more publicity and outreach so many more people would know about the benefits of the program.

April 21, 2011
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April 21, 2011
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I loved working for the Parent Child Home Program when it was in the Riverhead Central School District. Being a home visitor and working directly with the children and their parents and seeing the strides they made on a weekly basis was and still is the most rewarding experience anyone could have. The Parent Child Home Program is the best!

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I have seen the results of the program over the years as clients are enrolled in the school I work in now.

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No changes.. the program should be in every town in every state!

October 25, 2010

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October 25, 2010

I joined this board in 2005. I wanted to become connected with an organization that had real and positive impact on the lives of children. At the time I joined I was excited about the results the program gets and how simple it really is. Research has shown that the two and three year olds that go through the program graduate high school at that same rate as their middle class peers. The organization and the individual sites have wonderful, talented and smart people who work joyously and passionately to bring the love of the reading and learning to disadvantaged children. It has been a privilege to work with the National Center Staff. Their yearly conference with speakers who are the leaders in Early Childhood Development have been professionally and personally enriching!!

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by being on the Board.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to make a PSA about the organization so it becomes more and more well known.

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

I joined the board of PCHP about a year ago. I was looking for an opportunity to add back to my community. Once I heard about what PCHP did I knew I had to be involved. As a mother of a 3 1/2 year old son I know how important it is to get an early start on education. This organization is so invaluable - they go into homes weekly to work with 2 to 3 year olds and their families to provide early education opportunities. It's been proven that the children who recieve this opportunity enter school better prepared and benefit through out their educational career.

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by participating on the board.

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About every week

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2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I joined the board of this wonderful non-profit organization because I was drawn to its important mission: to ensure that every child arrives at school ready to succeed. The program works through home visitors modeling for parents of 2 and 3 year olds the types of behavior that will assist the children in developing the literacy skills they will to progress successfully in school. To top it all off, the program has proven results: children who participate in the program graduate from high school at the same rate as middle income students! A focused mission, helping people help themselves and proven results! Those are the reasons I give this organization the higher mark!

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Meeting graduates from the program and parents of graduates as well as children and parents currently participation...all of whom are extremely appreciative of their experience

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

The Parent-Child Home Program is truly a magical experience for all the children who are fortunate to participate in the organization’s services. The organization's staff are exceptional and the home visitors are extremely dedicated and caring. I have been amazed to see the transformation in young children who are involved in the services and additionally the impact to their families. As a mother of three young children, I think the program is critical to early education and undoubtedly can change the future of a child.

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Having been involved as a board member, I have seen the tremendous achievements of the staff and the incredible long-standing impact that the home visitors have on the children that the organization services.

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About every month

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2010

September 25, 2010

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September 25, 2010

The Board is a group of passionate and talented professionals who volunteer their time to ensure this organization successfully executes its strategy and goals. The Executive Director is a committed and experienced professional who leads with grace and expertise. The work PCHP does is sorely needed as we look at how our country compares in the world economy. Early childhood education for all children is critically important to the future of our country and our ability to continue to lead in the global markets.

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I have witnessed extreme growth in the Board, execution against its strategy, and an increased focus on expanding services to all children across the U.S. and abroad.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010
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September 24, 2010
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The Parent-Child Home program is a powerful model that brings parents and their children together in play and conversation , strengthening their relationship and preparing the child for a lifetime success in reading and learning.

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serving homeless families who are highly mobile and who are virtually lost from the community at large. Over ten years and several hundreds of needy families have been provided the tools and support to be the best parent they can be to their child.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the powerful results for parents and children through simple , consistent and ongoing outreach.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful and full of passion for the early childhood experience of children being raised in poverty.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach children early as they are first developing , and provide the support they need to be successful in school. There are millions of children in America who have no access to early education.Most have no transportation.They need this program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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