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Parent-Child Home Program

Model Overview

Last Updated

July 2015


Theoretical Model

Building on the socio-cultural theory of Vygotsky, Bruner’s theory of language symbolism, research on the importance of play for the targeted age group, and attachment theory, the Parent-Child Home Program focuses on increasing positive parent-child verbal and non-verbal interaction and building positive parenting skills. Increasing these interactions and skills is designed to promote children’s conceptual and social-emotional development, including the development of critical early literacy skills, such as receptive and expressive language. The Parent-Child Home Program’s approach is non-didactic and utilizes a non-threatening behavioral modeling methodology that is process-driven and focuses on empowering parents and reinforcing learning through intensive services.


Model Components

The Parent-Child Home Program includes (1) twice-weekly home visits that must always include the primary caregiver (the primary caregiver is most often a parent but may also be a grandparent or other relative or foster parent) and may also include additional adult caregivers and siblings; (2) once a week distribution of books and educational toys to create libraries in the families’ homes; (3) referrals/connections to other social and educational services for the program child and other family members; and (4) assistance with transition to the next educational step for the program child.

During home visits, visitors facilitate and model playful verbal interactions between parents and children using the affective and cognitive curricula. Home visitors are encouraged to model verbal interactions such as providing information (for example, “This is a circle” and “That’s the yellow school bus”); eliciting information (for example, “Where is the yellow school bus going?”); and verbalizing social interaction (for example, inviting participation, taking turns, or following the parent’s and child’s lead).


Target Population

The Parent-Child Home Program is designed for families with multiple risk factors that inhibit parents’ ability to prepare their children for school or be involved in their children’s education, including poverty, low levels of education, isolation, teen parent and single-parent households, immigrant or refugee status, and literacy and/or language barriers.

The Parent-Child Home Program is designed to serve families for two program cycles, typically over a two-year period when their children are 2 and 3 years old.


Where to Find Out More

The Parent-Child Home Program, Inc.National Center
1415 Kellum Place, Suite 101
Garden City, NY 11530-1690
Phone: 516-883-7480
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