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The Parent-Child Home Program

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Educational Services, Family Services, Human Services, Social Science

Mission: The Parent-Child Home Program's (PCHP) nationwide network of sites provides low-income families with the necessary skills and tools to ensure their children achieve their greatest potential in school and in life. The National Center assists underserved communities in replicating and expanding this proven school readiness program that builds early parent-child verbal interaction and supports learning at home. Together we are strengthening families and communities, and building the workforce of the future.

Results: Over 50 years of research shows that the program effectively increases school readiness, decreases the need for special education services before grade 3 by 50%, and increases participants’ high school graduation rates by over 30% - to the same level as their middle income peers. For more information: http://www.parent-child.org/proven-outcomes.html

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7000 families

Programs: The Parent-Child Home Program envisions a world where every child enters school ready to succeed because every parent has the knowledge, skills, and resources to build school readiness where it starts: the home.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Parent-Child Home Program is a great nonprofit, with an amazing cause and a dedicated, professional staff that works hard to further their cause. It's a very easy (and fun) non-profit to support through their various events, or simply by purchasing a backpack or a book for a child who needs one.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This program is truly amazing and beneficial to the communities it serves. Families are excited to know that this program provides books, educational toys, and other resources that they get to keep. No only does this program build upon early literacy skills it also builds stronger bonds between the caregiver and child! The program is conveniently conducted in the comfort of the families home which makes the services more accessible to the community. I am so grateful to be apart of this movement and look forward to seeing the growth!

Andrew B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing charity that is fully committed to it's mission. Very impactful on the children who involved in their work. The staff/donors/leadership are dedicated to making a difference in the development and growth of children who have very limited resources. Their Impactful mission is fulfilled through first-in-class programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Parent-Child Home Program non-profit is a wonderful organization with great staff and a wonderful mission. As a member of the Youth Professional Committee, I've really enjoyed organizing and attending fundraisers, volunteering at various events, and attending the graduation ceremonies at the end of the year. PCHP addresses education from a different angle, which makes this organization very unique and essential in developing each child to the best that they can be. I'm so happy to be a part of this organization and I can't wait to see what else this group accomplishes!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Parent-Child Home Program is tremendous -- both in terms of the work they're doing to close the achievement gap, and the way they reach out to and connect with potential donors in order to help attain the goals of the program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a non-profit and early childhood education professional for the past 15 years, learning abou the Parent-Child Home Program(PCHP) has been a breath of fresh air. PCHP understands that in order to make a lasting impact on families, knowledge, skills and materials must be given in a non-judgemental and supportive environment. The simplicity of the PCHP model is also admirable, smart and realistic. This is proven by the more than 50 years of research that shows that PCHP increases school readiness and high school graduation rates in under served communities. Lastly, PCHP is a non-profit that delivers what it says it will . The spirit of the Program can be felt at all levels of the organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Parent-Child Home Program is truly the best and most effective method of making sure under-served children start school ready to succeed. Having grown up with an abundance of wonderful books and learning toys in my home, I can't imagine a world where a child has only one or two to play with. This program helps struggling parents meet the needs of their child's pre-education, sparks curiousity, and encourages families to work together. If PCHP was implemented in every town, what a wonderful world this would be!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PCHP is truly a wonderful organization! Each person I met through my time with them was equally dedicated to providing the best services and quality they can to the children and families that they work with. It is rare to find such engaged and enthuastic people that genuinely love and believe in what they do. Whenever you listen to any of the families speak you can tell they share a similar sense of passion and appreciation for the program, it truly does help develop a household into becoming a more dynamic learning space and empowers the parents to help teach and nurture their children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity of being a intern for The Parent-Child Home Program this past summer. As a result of my experience working with the PCHP I truly saw first- hand the incredible impact this program had on children and families. The mission of this organization is inspiring and something that our entire nation should strive towards. I am going to continue to support this amazing organization and I cannot wait to see what the PCHP will do in years to come!

Donor

Rating: 5

Parent-Child Home Program is an early childhood literacy champion, providing invaluable skills to generations of at-risk children. The PCHP staff’s passion for their admirable mission comes through loud and clear in all interactions!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to attend events of The Parent-Child Home Program. The impact is incredible. Thriving families, happy children, and developing familial relationships are clear. The more I learn about it, the more I realize that the need for this structured support for children of the target age group. I'm glad to support this organization in every way that I can.

Brendan W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Parent-Child Home Program is the single most glowing opportunity for school readiness on the part of children whose life situations would usually work to deny them this readiness. Why?

Most children who succeed in school do so because they began school at age 5 with strong vocabularies. Most children who struggle lack these vocabularies. Where do these vocabularies come from? Their primary source is verbal interaction with parents from the earliest of ages; from being read to and played with with a constant flow of words.

The Parent-Child Home Program accomplishes exactly this end with two and three year-olds. There are many fine early childhood programs, but most of them simply start too late. Most of the assets or liabilities to a child's school success are present by age 5. The Parent-Child Home Program adds considerably to a child's verbal assets and greatly reduces liabilities before he/she ever gets to school.

As a result of this intervention, Parent-Child "graduates" experience educational success at a level equal to and beyond that of classmates who did not face the same obstacles. In addition to this success, research clearly indicates enormous monetary savings to school districts from reduced/eliminated needs for Special Needs and/or remedial services.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PCHP has ingratiated itself in my life over the past four years; from the moment I first learned about this amazing program that makes an indelible impact on each and every person whom it touches. Having had the opportunity to work directly with PCHP's brilliant CEO and superior staff, I hold not only its vision and mission in the highest regard, but its people as well. The demonstrated results of PCHP speak for itself, but spend even one day getting to know PCHP and you too will speak for it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Parent-Child Home Program is a great non-profit that immediately captivates everyone it touches. The non-profit organization is led by an amazing group who stick closely to the unique and strong mission of the organization. I've been involved with the non-profit for 2 years on the Youth Professional Committee. I leave every meeting and event inspired and re-energized to do more for this great group!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am still as captivated by the mission of this non-profit as I was when I joined the board years ago: to ensure every child arrives in school ready to succeed! The Parent-Child Home Program continues to grow and scale itself in order to be able to deliver the home visiting service to more children and families in need. The program is research based with proven outcomes, increasing high school graduation rates for families that participate in the program! I am extremely proud to support this organization in its important mission.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Parent-Child Home Program strives to provide home visitors who are from the same culture and speak the same language as the families they serve. It is not a cookie-cutter non-profit. This means a lot for families from backgrounds like my own. Thank you PCHP!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PCHP IS A FABULOUS PROGRAM FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS! I have been working with the program for over 16 years, and I have personally seen the benefits. This small southern town appreciates PCHP. We have had many success stories over the years. The office is very helpful to the different sites. I LOVE PCHP!

Karen304

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The PCHP is a research-based proven effective program that helps young children develop the skills needed to be ready for school while at the same time fostering a positive parent-child relationship. It should be expanded and replicated in many more communities across the country.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This program is wonderful for young moms especially to introduce them to ways to interact with child that they would never think of but agree with.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been with PCHP from the start. Over the years I have seen so many family's grow through our program and have found that it only take 30 min. of time to make a difference with their child. I could not see myself doing anything but PCHP and the GREAT JOY you get from it. LOVE LOVE PCHP, Faye Munn PCHP Home Visitor

Advisor

Rating: 5

Our Parent-Child Home Program in Dorchester School District Two is supported by Title 1 and by our local First Steps. This program and the three home visitors which are members of 3 of our elementary school's staff have made such an impact on the lives of some of our most at risk children in our district! Helping parents learn to be their child's first and best teacher through the twice weekly visits and the developmentally appropriate books and toys that are given to the children really motivates children to learn and helps parents develop the skills to teach their children early literacy skills through play! These dedicated and passionate home visitors become not only a teacher but a friend to these families and they empower them to also become a more involved participant in their older school age child's education.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our PCHP started in Richland County School District One during the 2005-2006 school term. Since that time, our program has served many very pleased and successsful families. Our district is on board with us and Title I funds our program. Our families have learned that they are their child's first teacher and have become better participant's in their child's education!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I found out about the Parent-Child Home Program around twenty years ago and wrote and received a Barbara Bush Foundation Family Literacy Grant. We had tried another National Parenting Program but it did not go over well with our at-risk families. SO when we received the Barbara Bush Grant we immediately started PCHP. We went for training and started and have not looked back since. We feel that the PCHP is the BEST PROGRAM ANYWHERE. We serve two and three year old children and their parents twice a week for thirty minutes. The children love the free books and toys that they receive each week and we get great JOY out of watching them achieve. THIS NON-PROFIT is WONDERFUL. Everyone at the National Office is helpful and there for us whenever we have a question. I LOVE PCHP.
DIANA H BAILEY FLORENCE SCHOOL DISTRICT ONE TITLE 1 COORDINATOR/FAMILY LITERACY COORDINATOR/PCHP COORDINATOR 319 S Dargan Street Florence SC 29506 843-669=0710

Lisa400

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in the field of home visiting families at risk, I have seen first hand both program coordinators and home visitors turn hard-to-reach, scarcely involved families into responsible, motivated 'first teachers' of their young child's learning and school readiness. This program shows families how to prepare their children for school in a way that makes them feel empowered and confident using the myriad of developmentally appropriate skills and techniques the home visitor shares. PCHP is a highly successful and progressively necessary program in a community, especially one that is struggling with early academic achievement as well as long-term goals.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked for Parent-Child Home Program for nine years, I have seen first hand the benefits of the program. I have seen parents become animated readers with their children and children learn how to love books. I have seen children who were almost totally non-verbal become communicative due to the time and attention they received from their caregivers. This was the most fulfilling job I could have asked for.

Chris167

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Parent-Child Home Program is an amazing organization. The organization's PROVEN results are a result of passionate work from everyone involved in the program. This includes the dedicated national center, wonderful site coordinators and home visitors, and the loving family members interested in furthering their children's chance of success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is so passionate about what it does. The parent-child relationship is at the center of everything, and the program works! It is a fantastic experience for all the families who participate.

Donor

Rating: 5

Some years ago a friend recommended that I learn about Parent Child Home Program and told me the founder had written a book about the research that went into creating the model: "Messages from Home," (2nd ed. 2008).

I read it and was impressed with the careful development of this straightforward program in which a "home visitor" visits a parent and child twice weekly for 26 weeks for two years. The child is about 2 at the start.

To each half-hour visit, the visitor brings a book or a toy and reads and plays with the child, inviting the parent to participate as much or as little as she or he wants. Some parents just watch for several weeks; others jump right in. The bottom line is that the child AND the parent start to understand that learning is fun. The child grows; the parent grows. Some parents are introduced for the first time to basic communication and interpersonal skills by the visiting experience.

So I went to a conference several years ago, followed the program, read some more, spoke with people involved. And I was hooked. How could I, a solid middle-class baby boomer, not love a program that does so much for little kids who have nothing to start with--and for so little money?!

The payoff to "society" is very great down the line as well. Kids who had no chance to succeed graduate from high school at the same rate as their socioeconomically advantaged counterparts.

This probably sounds strange, but with Parent Child Home Program (PCHP), I think of the scene in the movie The Miracle Worker, where Annie Sullivan pours water on Helen Keller's little hand, and Helen remembers vaguely a word she knew before she totally lost her hearing and sight. "Wah-wah," she says. "Water." Real learning. And after that nothing stopped Helen Keller from growing. She called Annie Sullivan "Teacher." And PCHP reminds parents that they are their children's first teachers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Advisor

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 4

PCHP has strong data proving its impact, and I have met some of the young adults who were infants helped by the program. Very powerful evidence. A great program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a newcomer to the PCHP, and have been researching their effects by reading great reviews of home visits. From the great things that I read, the welcoming attitude of the staff and volunteers, and the commitment to their cause, I can already give them 5 stars!