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:
- January 29-31, 2019 at the PCHP National Center in Mineola, New York
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.
Almost half of all children from disadvantaged backgrounds do not reach their expected level of development when they start school,* by which time the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers can be as large as 15 months.** This school readiness ‘gap’ can have lasting consequences, leaving children who have started school behind their peers continuing to lag behind them throughout their education, right through to GSCE and A level attainment.
At Family Lives, the charity at which I am Deputy Chief Executive, we are committed to levelling the playing field so that all children can make the most of their time in school and fulfill their potential.
Last year, I travelled to the USA and Ireland as part of my Churchill Fellowship to learn how the Parent Child Home Programme (PCHP) is reducing the school readiness gap between low income children and their better off peers. Using toys and books to model positive play, along with communication and interaction over the course of 92 home visits, families are transformed by this programme. Parents and children all grow in confidence, parent-child interaction increases and children’s literacy improves dramatically.
Family Lives is delighted to be introducing the programme to England during 2018, having secured a grant from Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to pilot PCHP in three areas in England: Newcastle, Ealing and Nottingham. Based on learning from my Fellowship travels, we will be adapting the delivery cycle and supervision structures to fit the UK context, as well as introducing volunteer home visitors.
Please click here to read the full blog post from Pamela Park on the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Blog.