Staff Training

The Parent-Child Home Program requires that all site coordinators complete 3 days of an Initial Training Institute before implementing the program. This Training Institute is offered by training staff from the National Center, or designated regional representatives, and is scheduled according to demand. Only site coordinators and other staff employed by an agency or school that has signed a Replication Agreement with the PCHP National Center may attend. The next scheduled Training Institutes will take place on:


September 26-28, 2017 
Initial PCHP Coordinator Training Institute
PCHP National Center
Garden City, NY

Open to new PCHP Coordinators at both new PCHP sites and existing sites.  Registration required.  Please contact Michele Morrison at for further information and registration form.


All new Site Coordinators are also required to complete their certification by attending a Follow-Up Training within a year of program implementation. The Follow-Up Training is offered in conjunction with the PCHP Annual Conference.

Program teaches Buffalo parents how to prepare kids for school
parent-child home program buffalo

Three-year-old Alicia Wityee picked up an alphabet block from the back of a wooden toy truck and showed it to her mom.

“I?” she asked.

Her mother, Lalpan Mawii, took a peek.

“Look at it again,” she told her daughter.

“T,” Alicia said, barely audibly.

“Louder. I can’t hear you,” her mother gently coaxed.

“T!” the girl said clearly.

Alicia graduated this May from the Parent-Child Home Program, a nationwide program that teaches parents how to get their children ready for school. Twice a week for two years, mentors go to a family’s house and show the parents how to use children’s books and educational toys to engage their children in conversation and get them ready for preschool.

In Buffalo, where state tests showed only 16.4 percent of children grades 3 through 8 were proficient in English Language Arts last year, two local groups run Parent-Child Home programs. They are Jericho Road Community Health Center and King Urban Life Center. Through Jericho, 100 families participate in the program at a time. In many cases, the parents are resettled refugees who may be learning to speak English themselves.

“It’s not a tutoring program,” said Debbie Fleischmann, who runs Jericho’s Parent-Child Home Program which is funded through a combination of grants and donations. “We model for the parents how to use books and toys to increase literacy in the homes. That in turn gets the children ready for school.”


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