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Research Proves It.

Our models have a profound impact on children’s lives. We have over 50 years of research to back it up.

Since its founding in 1965, ParentChild+ has been committed to researching and evaluating its early education curricular model and the implementation of this model. Together with partner agencies, ParentChild+ devises and conducts studies that evaluate the efficacy of the curriculum, the program’s educational outcomes, and assessment tools used to measure outcomes. This research is foundational to guiding changes to the curriculum and adjusting the model’s implementation to achieve the highest level of completion and improvement from baseline data.

The research studies conducted are both near-term studies, occurring during and at the conclusion of, the two-year intensive program, as well as longitudinal studies that track outcomes 3 – 15 years after program completion.

See below for links to research studies conducted on the model to date.

School and Program Outcomes


Longterm School & Life Success Outcomes
New York, NY
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School Readiness Outcomes
Buffalo, NY
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Kindergarten & 3rd Grade Readiness Outcomes
King County, WA
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Research Summary
King County, WA
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Kindergarten Readiness Outcomes
Pittsfield, MA
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High School Graduation Rate Outcomes
Pittsfield, MA
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Family Child Care Model Research Reports


ORS PCHP FCC Evaluation Report 2018

Core Model Research Reports


Importance and Impact of Parent-Child Interactions
Impact of ParentChild+ for English Language Users
How ParentChild+ Helps Reduce the Risk of Neglect & Abuse
How ParentChild+ Strengthens Families
ParentChild+ Cost Effectiveness
Research Sources and References

News

April 29, 2020

Laid Off and Stressed: What Do I Do With My Two-Year-Old?...

Tipping Point’s Early Childhood portfolio invests in organizations that provide literacy and parenting support to families with children ages 0-3. Under shelter-in-place, many of these low-income families have endured lost wages, lack of internet access, and overcrowded homes leading to an increase in parental stress. On top of…

April 21, 2020

Financial hardships abound amid the COVID-19 crisis – but it’s important to remember the ...

(Philly Voice) – Parents during the COVID-19 crisis are exhausted. They are struggling to stay safe and work essential jobs, while finding care for their children. They are struggling to maintain normalcy while working from home and juggling child care, home schooling and Zoom circle time. The burnout…

April 20, 2020

Home Visiting Continues — At a Distance...

(Education Dive) – Virtual visits can reach “families when nobody else is,” but experts say it’s necessary to have first established strong in-person relationships. Along the border with Nevada, home visitors in Mono County, California, are parking near the homes of their clients and using hotspots to connect…

March 10, 2020

New Charlotte Group Hopes Books, Toys And Toddlers Can Break Cycle Of Poverty...

(WFAE) – Mecklenburg County is expanding pre-K to get 4-year-olds ready for kindergarten – but what about getting younger children ready for pre-K? A national program that’s moving into Charlotte does just that. Nerys Centeno is one of the local pioneers. On a recent February afternoon, she arrived at…

March 1, 2020

The Best Children’s Books To Celebrate National Read Across America Day 2020...

(Forbes) – March 2 is National Read Across America Day, which encourages students of all ages—especially those without access to books and libraries—to read more. Luckily, there are organizations committed to this initiative year-round. For instance, the New York City-based Pajama Program promotes comforting bedtime routines for children…

February 7, 2020

With Home Visits, Charlotte Effort Boosts School Readiness in a Familiar Setting...

(EdNC) – Natasha Curry didn’t know her 3-year-old son knew what a stop sign was. “He can barely see over his car seat,” Curry said. “It was kind of shocking.” Since Curry signed up for ParentChild+, she has had four visits from an early learning specialist who brings toys,…

January 2, 2020

Reflecting on the Power of Simple Acts to Change the World...

As 2019 draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the work we have accomplished over the past year at ParentChild+, a non-profit organization that builds school readiness by supporting parent-child interaction through reading, talking, and playing in the home. This year alone, our reach has grown to…

January 2, 2020

Congratulations to the First Class of ParentChild+ Graduates in Onondaga County, NY...

It Has Been A Year Worth Celebrating – 2019 In Review We thank all of our partners for your support in 2019.  It has been a terrific year for expanding our strategies and our reach.  Specifically, we thank members of the ECA Leadership Council, ECA Business Council, members of…

December 18, 2019

ParentChild+ Taps Angela Drakeford for Pivotal NC Director Role...

ParentChild+, the organization that helps America’s most vulnerable families prepare their young children for a lifetime of success, has deepened its bench of talent. Angela Drakeford, an experienced human-services professional based in Charlotte, has been hired as North Carolina Director, a new role in the organization. Drakeford will…

October 8, 2019

New Brief Highlights Ways to Improve Home Visiting Programs for Immigrants and Dual Language Learner...

Home visiting programs aim to support the wellbeing of families and their young children by providing resources such as information, training, screenings, and referrals to services that benefit young children. However, research suggests that immigrant and dual language learner (DLL) families are often underrepresented in home visiting programs….

October 3, 2019

Local Woman Honored For Lifetime Commitment To Family Literacy, Patch, October 2019...

SOUTHOLD, NY — A local woman will be honored Thursday for her tireless work to imbue a love of literacy in the next generation. The Southold Anti-Bias Task Force will celebrate Sarah Benjamin, awarding her the 2019 Helen W. Prince Award at a ceremony to be held at…

September 27, 2019

Examining the Feasibility of Using Home Visiting Models to Support Home-Based Child Care Providers, ...

Please read this terrific report from Child Trends on why Family Child Care providers not only need professional development supports that are designed specifically for them but deserve an approach that celebrates and acknowledges the unique and extraordinary benefit they provide to the communities in which they work….

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July 2, 2019

ParentChild+ Partners with WGBH to introduce PEEP Family Science Apps...

This post was written by Gay Mohrbacher, Senior Project Manager, WGBH Education.  Last summer, WGBH (Boston’s PBS station), invited ParentChild+ to learn about a new series of digital apps designed to engage families in science learning. These PEEP Family Science apps introduce STEM content and skills to 3-5-year-olds…

March 11, 2019

Incorporating Early Numeracy into Art Activities...

Art Activities Shape Collage Making collages is a great way to support early math development. Cutting out paper shapes with your child provides opportunities to count the number of sides of each shape, become familiar with their names. You can help your child think about how the pieces…

December 17, 2018

Winter Books and Winter Hats!...

Winter is here! For many areas, this new season means chillier temperatures and lots of layers. Talk with your children about how we stay warm when it gets cold – ask them what their favorite winter clothing is, and what type of winter weather they like best. Here…

December 12, 2018

Response to Proposed Public Charge Rule...

December 8, 2018   Submitted via www.regulations.gov   Samantha Deshommes, Chief Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department of Homeland Security 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20529-2140   Re: DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012, RIN 1615-AA22, Comments in Response to Proposed…

December 3, 2018

December Children's Books...

The winter holiday season is upon us! While we may celebrate different holidays or no winter holidays, there are many common themes across this winter season and many wonderful cross-cultural stories to share – snow (whether it snows where you live or you only see it on television)…

November 29, 2018

The Power of Prevention: Why Investing Early Makes Sense...

  This blog post was written by PCHP Massachusetts State Program Director Carol Rubin     On Friday November 9th, members of the Parent-Child Home Program’s (PCHP) MA Advisory Council along with State Director Carol Rubin presented at the MA Association of School Committees/MA Association of School Superintendents Joint…

November 16, 2018

Fall Children's Books...

It’s Fall! The perfect time to share picture books about the changing leaves and the cooler weather. Here are some books about fall that can be found in your local library. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro This autumn-themed book takes the…

October 18, 2018

Supporting Families in their Home Language is an Essential Component of PCHP...

In a monolingual world, being the home visiting program that promotes learning in each family’s home language often feels like an uphill battle. To say that I have encountered a few skeptics along the way would be an understatement. At times, all the push back and obstacles have…

September 24, 2018

Fall Fun!...

It is fall! Soon many of us will see a landscape filled with beautiful red and orange leaves, feel crisp nights, and taste pumpkin-flavored everything! This is a great time to teach your children about all the different things that fall brings. Fall is so much more than…

September 4, 2018

School Nerves...

Starting kindergarten is an extremely exciting time for both you and your children, however, it can also be very nerve-wracking! It is a natural for both parents and children to be wary and anxious about this next step. A great way to support your children as they start…

September 4, 2018

Back To School Time!...

Who can forget the excitement of starting school?! From socializing on the school bus, to opening a fresh pack of crayons, back-to-school time can be a time to create great memories and excitement about learning!         Tips for Kindergarten Success!   Create a “tomorrow” drawer, cubby,…

August 7, 2018

Keep Your Child Engaged During the Summer!...

Summer is a great opportunity for learning! You can get outside and explore the world around you, read great books that will take you to different places, and have many conversations with your children about the things they see. Keeping children’s brains and bodies engaged during the summer…

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