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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.

Website: www.parent-child.org


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