CAST Teaches Literacy, Family Bonding With North Fork Parent-Child Home Program


It’s a sunny Tuesday afternoon, and the little girl is just home from the baby-sitter. When their guest, Sarah Benjamin, coordinator of the North Fork Parent-Child Home Program, arrives, the children’s eyes light up.

Benjamin brings a bag filled with toys and books, puzzles and learning games. The goal, Benjamin said, is to spend time with Vanessa and her mother, teaching Alecea how to interact and play with her child, how to engage in memory-making moments and learning exercises that can build a foundation for excellence in school — and for a strong, loving relationship between parent and child.

CAST recently announced the start of the third year in Southold Town of The North Fork Parent-Child Home Program. The site received national certification in November, 2015.

“The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP), a research-proven home-visiting model, prepares young children for school success by increasing language and literacy skills, enhancing social-emotional development and strengthening the parent-child relationship which provides critical support to at-risk families,” Benjamin said. Read more