Parent Child Home Program
The Brookline Parent-Child Home Program is a two-year home
visiting, risk prevention program for low-to-moderate income, culturally
diverse families with young children living in Brookline. The program models for parents stimulation and
enhancement of their child’s verbal and cognitive skills by providing a “learning
through play” experience. The
short-term focus of PCHP is to prepare young children to enter school “ready to
learn.” The long-term aim of PCHP is
graduation from high school for the children who participate in this program.
Home visitors meet with PCHP families for 30 minute sessions
twice weekly for a two year period.
Using high quality books and toys that are given as gifts to the family,
the PCHP home visitors model verbal interaction, parenting techniques, and
educational play. The program’s
non-directive approach empowers parents.
They experience the joy and value of reading, talking and playing with
their children and discover their role as their children’s first and most
important teachers. All visits take place in the home environment and are
scheduled at the convenience of the parents, so that moms and dads who are
either working, in school, or in a training program can also participate.
PCHP serves low-to-moderate income families challenged by
poverty, low levels of education, language barriers, and other obstacles to
success in school with children between the ages of 1.5 and 4. Participation in
PCHP is by application and is provided without any charge to the families.
Funding for Parent-Child Home Program is through the
Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Grant awarded by the
Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, the Community Block
Grant, and generous contributions by the Brookline Community Foundation and