Earlier this year, in coordination with Rockland 21C and the Family Resource Center, the Suffern Central School District reintroduced the Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) to the school community. PCHP is monitored home-centered instruction aimed at promoting school readiness for young children. PCHP increases parents’ verbal interaction with their children, speaking both in English and Spanish while playing. It’s also a great opportunity for the children to explore and interact with new toys or books and engage in play with their parents.
Suffern’s program is led by FRC Coordinator Denise Kane with the help of two bilingual facilitators who work directly with the participants twice a week in their homes.
“This program is about building relationships between the parent and the child and helping parents learn how to engage with their child through play,” notes Kane. “It also allows parents to feel confident that their child is learning and growing and helps them to form a deeper connection with the community around them.”
On average, participating children are expressing their emotions appropriately, are exercising self-control and are demonstrating social skills, including turn-taking and interpersonal skills. All of these skills taught throughout the program are aimed to help prepare children to enter a school setting ready to learn. Learn more about PCHP and read inspiring success stories at https://www.parent-child.org/.