About the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)

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About the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)

The Parent-Child Home Program seeks to bridge the gap of educational success between low-income students and their more affluent peers by ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to build school readiness in the home. Their model is guided by evidence that increased parent-child verbal interaction can impact children’s educational successes.

 

The Parent-Child Home Program’s Early Learning Specialists are paired with families who face significant challenges such as “poverty, isolation, limited educational opportunities, language and literacy barriers, and other obstacles to healthy development and educational success,” but are committed to creating a bright future for their children. ELS meet with families in their home twice a week in one-on-one half-hour sessions. The meetings take place over a two-year period and help families to develop teaching methods that will prepare their children for school. For example, during each meeting ELS will provide families with new high-quality books and toys that will help children build a love for and understanding of learning. ELS model how to use these resources through verbal interaction; parents are then encouraged to continue such play and reading with their children between visits without the specialist.

 

In doing so, the Parent-Child Home Program hopes to prepare and empower parents to put their children on the path to success in school and beyond.

PCHP in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s site of the Parent-Child Home Program is managed by the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). For questions or more information about how to get involved in PCHP, contact your local coordinator listed below:

 

North Philadelphia Coordinator:

Anieka Mukhtar (amukhtar@phmc.org)

 

South/Southwest Philadelphia Coordinator:

Vanessa Ruiz (vruiz@phmc.org)

Loyda Guzman (lguzman@phmc.org)

 

West Philadelphia Coordinator:

Kehinde Uvieghara (kuvieghara@phmc.org)