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:
- October 16-18, 2018 at the PCHP National Center
Staff trainings are open to new PCHP Coordinators at both new PCHP sites and existing sites. Registration required. Please contact Michele Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
United Way believes that when parents become their children’s first and best teachers, kids start school on a path to success.
BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
It means more than providing a safe place to live, sleep and play. It means more than providing food. It means looking at parenting differently.
Nancy Scheimann, the Parent-Child Home Program Coordinator at Southwest Youth and Family Services suggests, “Label everything you see with your child. Talk constantly. Explain things for children with words: Be it what you’re thinking, seeing or doing. It makes a huge difference.”
BY LOOKING AT PARENTING DIFFERENTLY, THERE ARE ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES TO TEACH NEW THINGS TO CHILDREN, EVERY SINGLE DAY.
It’s easy to not expect a small child to understand much, but evidence shows that’s a misconception. Kids are learning and absorbing far earlier than many parents realize. That’s why the Parent-Child Home Program begins so early, working with 2- and 3-year-olds and their parents.
Home visitors go into families’ houses twice a week for two years. Imagine being on either side of that: Having a stranger enter your home, or being a stranger and entering a home for the first time to talk about how parents can model activities for their kids. That sounds hard, right?
“When we recruit home visitors, we look for people who can relate to the families so they are more comfortable and approachable. We also look for people with an early learning background and who understand the program. Sometimes we’re able to recruit graduates of the program, which is great! Having someone from the community, representative of the people they are serving and who can speak to going through the program themselves is awesome.” Scheimann said about how she recruits her team of home visitors who serve more than 100 families.
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