Model Program

The Parent-Child Home Program, Inc

1415 Kellum Place, Suite 101
Garden City, NY 11530

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Contact Information:
Sarah E. Walzer
Executive Director

Program Specification:






Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Early Childhood

Inner City



Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

low incomes, parents with limited education


The Parent-Child Home Program is a research-based and research-validated school readiness, early literacy and parenting program, which for forty years has been successfully utilizing intensive home visiting to help families challenged by poverty, limited education, homelessness, recent immigration, and/or literacy and language-barriers to prepare their children to enter school ready to be successful students and to continue to be successful in school through high school graduation.

Program Descriptors Include:
Bi-lingual/ESL, Community Collaboration, Early Childhood Education, Family/Parental Involvement, Homeless, Literacy Development

Starting Date: 1965
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low educational expectations
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is over $500,000 or over $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts
Service Clubs

Social Workers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:


school districts, social service agencies, community-based organizations, hospitals, community health centers, charter schools, early childhood centers, United

Evaluation Information:

The Parent-Child Home Program serves 6500 families per year, at an average cost of $2500-$2750 per child per year. Evaluations of the Program have found: lasting increases in IQ scores; scores above national norms on the California Achievement Test in the second, fifth, and seventh grades; and significantly increased school readiness scores for free-lunch eligible students. In a 2002 South Carolina study, 93% of free-lunch-eligible Program graduates passed the state's first grade skills assessment, compared to only 74% of free-lunch-eligible students state-wide. High school graduation rates were as high as those of middle-class students, a 20% higher rate than other students from low-income families nationally (and 30% higher than the randomized control group in the community studied.)

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information: