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Boys Town South Florida Expands Parent-Child Home Program

Parent Child Home Program

Boys Town South Florida's Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is a research-proven program that enhances a child's early development to prepare them for primary school.

Families start this program when their children are between the age of 21 months and 42 months. Each program year has 23 weeks of home visits. Research has shown that families benefit the most by spending 46 weeks in the program. The child will complete the program between the ages of 3 and 4 as they transition into a pre-K or Head Start program.

The PCHP works by matching an Early Learning Specialist with a family, they then make two visits to the family every week. Early Learning Specialists bring parents appropriate tools and materials, such as individually selected books, educational toys and activities, all which promote verbal interactions, parent-child bonding and school readiness.

Boys Town South Florida's PCHP is one of three subcontracted Parent-Child Home Program sites in Palm Beach County, each site serves a specific demographic. Boys Town South Florida's program serves Haitian and African-American communities. A unique part of the program is that when possible they match the Early Learning Specialist with the same cultural background as the family, this can assist in strengthening the relationship and preventing language barriers. 

"The Parent-Child Home Program is helping to level the playing field in the communities we serve by supporting our program parents in their role as their child's first teacher which in turn starts their child on a path to school success," said Jennifer Abaid, Boys Town South Florida, Director Parent-Child Home Program.

Jennifer has been overseeing the program for nine years and in that time the program has expanded four times. In their most recent expansion on February 1, they were contracted to serve an additional 34 clients, specifically in West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach, Florida.

This new expansion was granted to Boys Town South Florida PCHP based on outcomes of previous clients in the program who scored above their peers on the Kindergarten School readiness test. 

The funders of Boys Town South Florida's PCHP are the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County and the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.