Home Visitation Model Snapshot
Parent-Child Home Program
Founder: Phyllis Levenstein
First site launched: 1965
Type of organization: Nonprofit
National headquarters: Port Washington, New York
Number of sites: 150 nationally, 10 internationally
Families served since inception: Estimated 50,000
Families served: Low-income, limited education, immigrant families with limited English
Ages of children eligible: 16 months-4 years
Length of stay in program: Two years
Frequency of home visits: 30-minute visits, twice a week
Cost to family: $2,400 per family per program year
Services: School readiness and early literacy: The home visitor brings books or educational toys as gifts to the family and uses them to model verbal interaction and reading and play activities, demonstrating how to use the books and toys to cultivate language and emergent literacy skills and promote school readiness.
Participant retention rate: 85%
Home visitors employed: 550 nationally
Qualifications for home visitors: Community-based paraprofessionals
Research model or approach followed: PCHP uses a nondirective approach by modeling behaviors for parents that enhance children's development rather than teaching behaviors. Home visitors help parents realize their roles as their children's first and most important teachers, generating enthusiasm for learning and verbal interaction using engaging books and stimulating toys given to participating families.
Primary or largest program partners: Statewide in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. Partners include Head Start, Early Head Start, Even Start, Title I programs, Parents as Teachers, Nurse-Family Partnership, and California's First Five program.
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