PCHP, an evidence-based early literacy, parenting, and school readiness model, is committed to closing the achievement gap by providing
low-income families the skills and materials they need to prepare their children for school and life success.
where they live
PCHP provides two years of twice-weekly 30 minute visits to families with children between the ages of 16 months and 4 years who are challenged by poverty, isolation, limited educational opportunities, language and literacy barriers, and other obstacles to healthy development and educational success.
through local hiring
PCHP’s nationwide network of program sites hire early literacy specialists from within the community being served. They are bilingual in the families’ native languages and share a cultural background with the families, making them uniquely suited to access and support low-income and immigrant families who are often isolated by language and literacy barriers and are not participating in center-based activities.
Each week early literacy specialists provide the family with a high-quality book or educational toy that is a gift to the family and are often the first such items in the home. Using the book or toy, the literacy specialist models reading, conversation, and play activities designed to stimulate parent-child interaction, develop language and literacy skills, and build school readiness.
Through the two program years, PCHP early literacy specialists become trusted advisors and are able to connect families to other community resources including food, housing, medical, and educational services. Upon completion of the Program, all families are assisted in enrolling their children in high-quality center-based preschool programs.