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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!