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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Educational Services, Family 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: Almost 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

2 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.


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.



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.