ParentChild+

ParentChild+ envisions every child entering school ready to succeed because every parent has the knowledge and resources to build school readiness where it starts: the home.

ParentChild+ is an evidence-based early literacy, parental engagement and school readiness model committed to closing the achievement gap by providing families with the knowledge, skills and materials they need to prepare their children for success in pre-kindergarten and beyond.

ParentChild+ brings Early Learning Specialists into the homes of families with children aged 2-4 who do not have access to quality early childhood programming. Working together with parents, they strengthen parent-child interaction and build language- and learning-rich homes that enhance children’s literacy, cognitive, and social-emotional skills, while supporting the transition to pre-k. In 54 years, ParentChild+ has documented important longitudinal impacts for families: children enter school as well or better prepared than their classmates, perform significantly better than their socio-economic peers on school readiness measures in kindergarten and first grade. In third grade, Program children are reading and doing math on grade level and are 50% less likely to be referred to special education services. ParentChild+ children graduate from high school at the rate of middle-class children nationally – 30% higher than their socio-economic peers. The ParentChild+ network reaches over 7,400 families annually through 124 community-based partners, in 14 states. For more research on ParentChild+ please click here.

GreenLight has worked with ParentChild+ to build exciting local partnerships with FIRST 5 Santa Clara County and Family Resource Center operators SOMOS Mayfair and Catholic Charities. With these strong partnerships in place, ParentChild+ plans to launch its San Jose site in 2019. In its first year, ParentChild+ will serve approximately 100 families.

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“We have learned along with him. [ParentChild+] is helpful, interesting and full of learning. It prepares the child for school and future academics. But more importantly, it gives us the opportunity to share in play and reading with our child.”

- ParentChild+ Parent

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