According to information by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is one of the most intensive home visiting programs in the country. Twice weekly home visits provide new books and educational toys to families with pre-school children. Guidance is given on how to use these items effectively with their children to promote verbal interaction.
The Literacy Coalition has provided the following information regarding 2010-2011 Program Outcomes that have benefited Palm Beach County:
- More than 7,860 home visits were conducted with 264 families.
- More than 1300 books and toys were distributed.
- 100 percent of families increased positive verbal interaction.
- 100 percent of children increased positive behaviors.
An example of PCHP’s impact for one family in the community reflects on the importance of such programs to help families with small children in their homes amidst their parents and other family members. As reported, a four year old (Randy) that a PCHP staffer started with in January 2010 that initially activity level was too high to participate in the 30 minute sessions has now, a year later graduated from the program with a love for books and the ability to begin Kindergarten without ever entering a preschool classroom as indicated by the PCHP staffer.
Apparently, through the carefully selected literature that the Parent-Child Home program provides to its clients, Randy fell in love with books immediately. Juana Piaz (PCHP home visitor) began using different methods, such as music, to capture his attention during the sessions. Randy’s mother and father became increasingly involved with the sessions, together and on rotation, when unexpected work demands arose for them. At the end of Randy’s program year, he was speaking in clear, full sentences and was able to sit with attention for the entire 30 minute sessions. Randy now has a small library of books in his home provided by the Parent-Child Home program.
More and more emphasis is being placed on early childhood education and the emphasis, involvement, interest etc, is justified in every way and results such as those being experienced by the PCHP illustrates how time and patience by all involved is imperative in early child development which lays the foundation for all future educational development from Kindergarten to the workforce and/or graduate school. Just as a plant in a garden, the way a child is shaped and molded while young helps to project the child’s success n future undertakings in that “what the child is to be, the child is now becoming”.
The Parent-Child Home Program is coordinated by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County through the sponsorship of Children’s Services Council and in partnership with:
•ASPIRA of Florida, Inc.
•The Guatemalan-Maya Center, Inc.
•Minority Development & Empowerment Inc.
•Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm BeachCountyand Treasure Coast, Inc.
Open positions for Parent-Child Home Program Site Coordinators and Home Visitors are available at some of the agencies listed above. For more information, contact Cobi Dunn, Parent-Child Home Program Director at 561-279-9103 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 561-279-9103 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.