Brookline Early Education Program

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 private donors.
 
For more information about PCHP, email BrooklineCFCE@psbma.org.
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