Early Childhood Parent-Child Programs
Promoting early learning and parenting skills for low-income families
The Early Childhood Parent-Child Programs provide research-proven early-literacy services to help ensure Westchester County’s most vulnerable children are set on the path toward school success. The WJCS Parent-Child Programs work with young children and their families to increase language and literacy skills, enhance social-emotional development and strengthen the parent-child relationship.
Lynn Reichgott, a volunteer and retired physical therapist, was recognized by the Westchester County Department of Public Health for her tireless efforts to enhance the children's healthy emotional and physical development. Read more about Lynn here.
The Early Childhood Parent-Child Program serves approximately 400 families annually and has four components:
Parent-Child Home Program
The Parent-Child Home Program is a national early childhood literacy, parenting and school-readiness program. The evidence-based program effectively bridges the achievement gap for low-income children through its unique focus on intensive home visiting (twice a week over a two-year period) with two and three-year-olds and their parents. Trained Home Visitors model reading, play and conversation activities using books and educational toys that are gifts to the families. Targeting families in White Plains, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Greenburgh, Mamaroneck and Mount Vernon challenged by poverty, isolation, language and literacy barriers, and limited educational opportunities, the program prepares children and families for school success and high school graduation. An annual reunion recognizes past participants of the Parent-Child Home Program who are currently graduating from high school and college. Over the years, program graduates have been assisted with scholarship money to continue in higher education. Additionally, summer camp scholarships have enabled former program participants and their siblings to attend day camp.
The Parent-Child Center (PCC) in New Rochelle is a free drop-in play group for parents and their young children (0 - 4 years old) PCC serves families facing diverse obstacles to educational success and supports parents as their child’s first teacher. Parents and children participate together in this center-based program housed at the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, Mascaro Club House at 79 Seventh Street, New Rochelle. PCC is open Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM -12:00 noon. Early childhood play activities, parent education, family literacy and community resource information and referrals are provided. The Parent-Child Center is open October through May.
Hear the story of Briana, a PCC graduate who credits the program for her academic career, from elementary to graduate school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBLMHHKfZbA.
The Parent-Child Program also was featured on Univision. Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_OkjG9RY9A.
View this video to learn more about the Parent-Child Program.
Child Care Home Program
The Child Care Home Program (CCHP) is an educational support program based on National PCHP evidence-based standards, adapted to provide professional development and training to family childcare providers. The Child Care Home Program (CCHP) provides professional development and support to family childcare providers in their role of preparing young children for school success. It increases the quality of early childhood educational experiences of children in family child care to ensure that they enter school ready to learn.
CCHP has been recognized by CLASP, a well-respected national not-for-profit organization, which uses research and analysis to develop and advocate for federal, state and local policies to strengthen low-income families and create pathways to education and work. CCHP is featured on pages 35-39 of Home Away From Home: A Toolkit for Planning Home Visiting Partnerships with Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers, a toolkit released by CLASP to help states exploring partnerships between home visiting and family, friend and neighbor caregivers.
Summer Fun at Hartley Park
Summer Fun at Hartley Park, a two-morning-a-week playgroup for parents, caregivers and their children from birth to 4 years old and is presented by the Parent-Child Home Program in collaboration with the City of Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation Dept. and the Mount Vernon Public Library.
For information about any PCHP-related program or if interested in becoming a home visitor,contact:
Patrice Cuddy, director, Early Childhood Parent-Child Programs
914-949-7699 x424; [email protected]