Parent-Child Home Program

An Evidence-Based Practice


Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) assists families challenged by poverty, limited education, and language and literacy barriers in preparing their young children to succeed in school. Each family is matched with a Home Visitor, who visits the family for 30 minutes twice a week. During each session, the Home Visitor models verbal interaction, reading, and play activities, showing the parents how to use books and toys to help their children build language and literacy skills in preparation for school.

Goal / Mission

To prepare children of disadvantaged families for academic success and to strengthen families through intensive home visiting.

Results / Accomplishments

This program strengthens the parent-child relationship and helps young children increase their language and literacy skills, as well as improve their social-emotional development. Longitudinal, multi-site, randomized control trials found that Parent-Child Home Program children gained 17 points on IQ assessments, going from 84.9 to 101.9, whereas the combined control groups' IQ remained stable (89.9 to 90.4). A statistically significant increase in receptive vocabulary was also found in Program children and not in the control groups. A multi-site, longitudinal, location-randomized evaluation of Parent-Child Home Program participants found that, as of third grade, there was a statistically significant reduction in the need for special ed classes for Parent-Child Home Program graduates as compared to controls (14% vs. 39%). A longitudinal randomized control group study of The Parent-Child Home Program found that low-income children who completed two years of the Program went on to graduate from high school at the rate of middle class children nationally, a 20% higher rate than their socio-economic peers, and 30% higher than the control group in the community (p<0.05).

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
The National Office:
1415 Kellum Place, Suite 101
Garden City, New York 11530-1690
Education / Childcare & Early Childhood Education
Education / Literacy
Social Environment / Children's Social Environment
Date of implementation
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Target Audience
Children, Families