Parent Child Home Program (PCHP)
What we do at Horn of Africa Services-Parent Child Home Program (PCHP)
Horn of Africa Services-Parent Child Home Program provides two year of intensive, twice-weekly home visiting to the families from east Africa with children between the ages of 16 months – four years who are challenged by poverty, isolation, limited educational opportunities, language and literacy barriers, and other obstacles to healthy development and educational success. Through the visits, our Early Learning Specialists educate parents on the importance of parent-child interaction and give them the tools (books and educational toys), skills, and encouragement to engage their children.
The model that we exhibit is proven for over 50 years, and has been bridging the achievement gap for low-income children by strengthening the parent-child relationship and, ultimately, increasing the language, literacy, and cognitive skills, and the social-emotional development critical to school success.
HOW WE DO IT
Each week, the Home Visitor who speaks the same language as the family brings a new high-quality book or educational toy that is a gift to the family. The books and toys that we sent to eligible families are carefully chosen. Using the book or toy, the visitor models, in the family’s native language, reading, conversation, and play activities designed to stimulate parent-child interaction and promote the development of the verbal, cognitive, and social-emotional skills that are critical for children’s school readiness and long-term school success.
Each year, each family receives a minimum of 46 home visits. Over the course of the two years, and 92 home visits, families acquire a library of 46 high quality books and educational toys and 46 curricular guide sheets with tips for verbal interaction, the serve and return of quality conversation; skill development; and additional engagement, literacy, music, and art activities. The home visiting staff, who through twice-weekly visits build strong relationships with participants, also connect families to a wide-range of community resources including food, housing, health, and educational services. As families complete PCHP, staff work with them to ensure their children are enrolled in high-quality center-based preschool (pre-k, Head Start or kindergarten) as the critical next educational step.
THE PROGRAM FOCUSES ON:
Positive parent-child interaction behavior;
Building positive parent-child verbal and non-verbal interaction;
Promoting positive parenting skills;
Enhancing the child’s conceptual and social-emotional development;
Developing pre-literacy skills that are essential for school readiness; and
Creating language-rich home environments
WHAT THE PROGRAM WANT TO ACHIEVE
By helping parents discover their role as their children’s first and most important teacher, assisting them in building brighter futures for their family, and preparing children to be successful students. We will presume children discovering the joy of reading and learning, and in parents beaming with pride over their children’s accomplishments. Most importantly we want to see our target population (the East African families) realize how important it is to be involved in schoolwork, homework, and learning activities of their own children.
For more information contact Fromsag@hoas.org or call (206)760-0550
Parent Child Home Program (PCHP)
Horn of Africa Services (HOAS) is a non-profit serving the East African Immigrant and Refugee population in Seattle, WA.