The Parent-Child Home Program National Center is focused on expanding the Program into more underserved communities to ensure that every child has the opportunity to enter school ready to succeed. Below is a summary of the steps involved in starting a PCHP site. For additional information, please contact the National Center at 516.883.7480.
Identify a Local Partner Agency
Local partner organizations typically include: social service agencies, school districts, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, libraries, individual schools, charter schools, community health centers, and colleges and universities.
Identify and Obtain Funding
The local partner organization, in consultation with the National Center, obtains funding to implement the Program in the community. Parent-Child Home Program sites access funding from diverse sources, including federal, state, and local public agencies, as well as from school districts, foundations, corporations, United Ways, local service organizations, and local businesses. National Center staff are available to work with local agencies to identify funding sources and develop proposals.
Sign the Replication Agreement
All partner organizations sponsoring local Program sites enter into a Replication Agreement with the Parent-Child Home Program’s National Center to implement the model with fidelity. The agreement specifies that the local partner, as a member of the nationwide network of replication sites, will replicate the model in their community according to the National Center’s evidence-based model. It also outlines the training, technical assistance, and evaluation support that the National Center will provide.
Hire and Train Site Coordinator
Site Coordinators, most often certified early childhood teachers or social workers, are the employees of the local partner agency. They are trained by the National Center and oversee all aspects of the local replication site, including hiring/training/supervising community-based Early Learning Specialists; recruiting/selecting families; maintaining demographic, programmatic, and assessment and evaluations data in the Management Information System; selecting appropriate curricular materials for the populations being served; and serving as the social service and community resource referral point person for all Program families.
HIRE AND TRAIN EARLY LEARNING SPECIALISTS
Early Learning Specialists (ELSs) are hired by the replication site from the community being served to conduct twice-weekly home visits with the families. They should speak the native languages of the families being served; share a community and/or cultural background; enjoy playing and reading with young children; relate to parents/caregivers as equal partners; exhibit warmth and patience; and be nonjudgmental and flexible in adapting to the home setting. ELSs must participate in a minimum of 16 hours of training and go through a background check before serving families. They must complete written reports after each family visit. Their job also includes participation in weekly staff supervision meetings and trainings led by the Site Coordinator.
Plan the Program Year
Local site start-up generally coincides with the start of the school year; however, a site can start serving families at any time after the staff has been trained. Sites can start with simultaneous or rolling registration. All families must receive a minimum of 23 weeks of visits in each program year. Many sites opt for a longer program-year schedule and some sites operate year-round. Many local partner organizations also offer summer and/or year-round supplemental group programming (i.e. in parks, libraries, or schools), providing families with recreational and social experiences they might not otherwise be able to access.
Select Curricular Materials
The Site Coordinator selects the books and educational toys that are the curricular materials for the home visits based upon the PCHP model criteria for curricular materials. Within these criteria there is flexibility for site staff to select those items that best suit the language and cultural needs of the local community.
Create a Community Network
The local site staff is responsible for working with local community agencies to create a referral network to support families. The Site Coordinator will also work with these agencies to recruit eligible families to the Parent-Child Home Program. These agencies include: health clinics; food pantries; WIC programs; schools/school districts; early intervention services; Head Start programs; and social service and mental health agencies.
The Parent-Child Home Program is designed to reach families whose children are at risk of educational disadvantage because the family:
- Is low-income; and
- Has had limited access to educational opportunities;
- Faces literacy, cultural, language barriers that make connecting with the educational system a challenge;
- Is a teen parent, single parent, or grandparent raising a grandchild;
- Has multiple young children; and/or
- Has older children who are struggling in school or have qualified for remedial services.
Collect Family Information
To assist replication sites in evaluating both their effectiveness with families and the long-term impact of the Program, each local PCHP site is required to enter their site data in the Program’s Management Information System (MIS). The system stores and reports information for each site, generating aggregate site reports and state and national reports while maintaining families’ confidentiality. The MIS server, web-connection, and data storage procedures meet industry standards for privacy and confidentiality.