Early Childhood Parent-Child Programs
Promoting early learning and parenting skills
The Parent Child Programs provide high quality early childhood education for children under 5 and their parents and caregivers. Parent Child Programs help to ensure Westchester County’s most vulnerable children and families, isolated by poverty, language and literacy barriers, and/or lack of transportation, are set on the path toward school and life success. Through a variety of programs parents (caregivers) and children participate together in engaging and educational activities that support parents as their children’s first teacher.
The ParentChild+ Program, formerly known as the Parent Child Home Program, envisions a world where every child enters school ready to succeed because every parent has the knowledge, skills, and resources to build school readiness where it starts: the home. This national early childhood, evidence-based program provides home visits (twice a week over a two-year period) to parents and their children ranging in age from 16 months to 4 years old. The early learning specialist models reading, conversation, and play activities to stimulate parent-child interaction and promote the development of verbal, cognitive, and social-emotional skills critical for children’s long-term success. The books and toys used are given to families as gifts to enjoy. Over the course of the program, families share a love of learning and experience success that will last a lifetime. ParentChild+ empowers parents to put their children on the path to school and life success, to dream for their children’s futures, and to take pride in their educational accomplishments because they help make them happen.
The Parent Child+ Program has served the Westchester County community for nearly 50 years. Currently funding is available for eligible families in White Plains, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Greenburgh, Mamaroneck, Mount Vernon, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.
An annual reunion recognizes past participants of the ParentChild+ 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.
Hear the story of Briana, a Parentchild+ graduate who credits the program for her academic career, from elementary to graduate school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBLMHHKfZbA.
Parent-Child Center (PCC)
The Parent Child Center (PCC) in New Rochelle is a 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 children’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. The Parent Child Center 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 Center.
Summer Fun at Hartley Park
Summer Fun at Hartley Park, a two-morning-a-week playgroup, serves parents, caregivers and their children from birth to 5 years old. The program supports summer fun and learning for its youngest learners and builds community engagement. The Program is run in collaboration with the City of Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation Dept. and the Mount Vernon Public Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00 for seven weeks starting in June.
Family Child Care Provider Program (FCC)
Family child care, or home-based care, provided in the community is often the most available, convenient child care option for low-income families. FCC provides low-income providers, working in low-income communities, the knowledge and skills necessary to build the school readiness skills of the children in their care who might otherwise enter school unprepared to succeed.
Building on our extensive experience creating language, literacy, and learning rich home environments, our early learning specialists visit twice weekly to model enriched activities and techniques for the provider that support school readiness for all the children in their care. High Quality developmentally appropriate books and toys are given to the site to enrich the learning environment. A Family Engagement specialist provides individual technical assistance, coaching and consultation to the provider that supports a positive learning environment, family engagement and access to community resources.
By partnering with providers, our FCC work has successfully improved provider-child interaction, enriched care environments, and connected the families of the children in care with information and materials to support the development of school readiness and early literacy skills at home.
FCC 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. FCC 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.
For additional information on Parent Child Programs or if interested in joining the staff as an Early Learning Specialist please contact:
Patrice Cuddy, Director, Early Childhood ParentChild Programs
(914) 949-7699 x2424;
141 N Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY 10530