Our Impact and Research
Children from low-income families hear 30 million fewer words by age 3 than their more affluent peers. Too many children are far behind their peers before they even step into the classroom.
For over 50 years, ParentChild+ has been leveling the playing field, ensuring that vulnerable children start school and life ready to succeed. Our research proves it.
ParentChild+ graduates are 50% more likely to be prepared for kindergarten than their socio-economic peers.
ParentChild+ graduates enter school performing 10 months above their chronological age.
ParentChild+ graduates outperformed the statewide average on 3rd grade state math achievement tests.
ParentChild+ graduates are 50% less likely to need special education services by third grade.
ParentChild+ graduates scored 2 times higher on social-emotional skills than their peers.
ParentChild+ participants have 30% higher graduation rates than their peers.
Do our models really work? The proof is in the stories told by our students, parents, and teachers. Read some of our favorite success stories below to see tangible evidence of our proven programs.
ParentChild+ is proud to be recognized for our highly effective organization and program models, by both the nonprofit and early childhood education sectors.
2019 British Evidence-Based Rating
The Early Intervention Foundation recognizes ParentChild+ (2019)
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading names ParentChild+ as a Bright Spot Program (2011 – 2021)
GreenLight Philadelphia selected ParentChild+ as its 2016 portfolio program and is supporting the four-year expansion of ParentChild+ in Philadelphia (2016-2020)
GreenLight San Jose selected ParentChild+ as its 2019 portfolio program, and is supporting the four-year expansion of ParentChild+ in the Bay Area (2019-2023)
recognizes ParentChild+ as a Four Star Charity for nine consecutive years (2010 - 2021), and awards it an Impact+ designation (2018)
California Evidence-Based Clearing House for Child Welfare
California Evidence-Based Clearing House for Child Welfare lists ParentChild+ as a program with Promising Research Evidence (2008-2021)
National Dropout Prevention Center’s Model Programs
National Dropout Prevention Center’s Model Programs names ParentChild+ a program with Strong Evidence of Effectiveness (2010 - 2021)
Guidestar Exchange recognizes ParentChild+ with a Platinum Seal (2018)
Library of Congress Literacy Award
Library of Congress Literacy Award honored ParentChild+ with the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards’ American Prize
Rand Promising Practices Network
Rand Promising Practices Network names ParentChild+ a Promising Program that Works (2012, page 363 of PDF)
The Social Impact Exchange 100
The Social Impact Exchange 100 names ParentChild+ one of America’s Top Performing Nonprofit Organizations (2012)
Early Intervention: The Next Steps, An Independent Report to Her Majesty’s Government Report by Graham Allen MP
Early Intervention: The Next Steps, An Independent Report to Her Majesty’s Government Report by Graham Allen MP names ParentChild+ a Top Tier of Most Effective Early Intervention Programs (2011)
The Council for Children and Families of Washington
The Council for Children and Families of Washington recognizes ParentChild+ as an Evidence Based Program (2008)
Murdoch Community Hero Award (News Corp)
ParentChild+ CEO, Sarah Walzer, selected as a 2015 Murdoch Community Hero by News Corp. This award recognizes leaders of charitable organizations, especially in the area of education and economic development, who have been effective while taking fresh practical approaches. (2015)
Home Vising Yearbook by the National Home Visiting Resource Center highlights ParentChild+ as one of fifteen national home visiting models (2018)
Migration Policy Institute highlights ParentChild+’s work with immigrant families (2016)
Bringing It All Home (Problems and Possibilities Facing New York City’s Family Child Care) by The New School, Center for New York Affairs recommends working with proven programs like ParentChild+ to support family child care providers, highlighting that ParentChild+ home visitors are trained to be culturally sensitive (2016)
OECD, Immigrant Students at School: Easing the Journey towards Integration recognizes the value of the ParentChild+ model for reaching hard to reach immigrant families with young children (2015)
US Department of Housing – Choice Neighborhood Promising Practice Guide recognizes ParentChild+ in Seattle, WA as a promising practice supporting families in public housing (2013)
CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy), Extending Home Visiting to Kinship and Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers Report recognizes ParentChild+ as promising family child care model (2009)
CLASP, Early Education & Title 1 Report recognizes ParentChild+ as a successful Title 1 early childhood home visiting program (2007)