The goals of this intensive, evidence-based home visiting model (formerly the Parent-Child Home Program) are to promote school readiness and academic success by strengthening parent-child verbal interaction and reading and play activities in the home.
The program is designed for eligible Boston parents and their children ages 18 months to 2.5 years. Our Early Learning Specialists (ELS) help parents realize their role as their children’s first and most important teacher, generating enthusiasm for learning and talking through engaging books and stimulating toys.
How it works:
An ELS is matched with the family and visits them for half-an-hour, twice-a-week on a schedule that is convenient for the family. On the first visit of each week, the ELS brings a carefully-selected book or educational toy, which is a gift to the family. During the pandemic, the ELS will “visit” the family via video chat and make book/toy deliveries every three weeks.
In the twice-weekly home sessions with the parent (or other primary caregiver) and the child, the ELS models talking, reading, and play activities, demonstrating how to use the books and toys to build language and emergent literacy skills and promote school readiness. Parents are encouraged to continue quality play and reading between visits with the books and toys they receive each week.
Over the course of the two years in ParentChild+, families acquire a library of children’s books and a large collection of educational and stimulating toys.
Each Program Year or Cycle consists of a minimum of 23 weeks of home visits or 46 home visits.
To see a video segment about ParentChild+ and learn about this national program’s outcomes, click here.