PCHP’s Approach: Modeling not teaching
The Parent-Child Home Program utilizes a non-directive, non-didactic approach, modeling behaviors for parents that enhance children’s development rather than teaching behaviors. Early Learning Specialists focus on building meaningful relationships with the families and support parents in realizing their role as their children’s first and most important teacher. They use engaging books and stimulating toys to generate an enthusiasm for and understanding of learning through verbal interaction. Parents are never given homework or assignments to complete, but are encouraged to continue quality play and reading between visits with the books and toys they receive each week. The “light touch” employed by Parent-Child Home Program home visiting staff engages and empowers parents, preparing them to start their children on the path to school success, and to take pride in their commitment to, and impact on, their children’s education.