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Press Release, 7/8/16   The Center Moriches School District’s Parent-Child Home Program receives $90,000 in New York State Bullet Aid to provide critical school readiness support for underserved families


July 8, 2016
 
The Center Moriches School District’s Parent-Child Home Program receives $90,000 in New York State Bullet Aid to provide critical school readiness support for underserved families.
Garden City, New York July 8, 2016 – The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is pleased to announce that the Center Moriches School District’s Parent-Child Home Program has received $90,000 in bullet aid allocations to support continuation of the Program.  The allocations, provided by NY State Senator, John Flanagan, $45,000, and New York State Assemblyman, Fred W. Thiele, Jr., $45,000, will support the Program for the 2016-2017 school year.
PCHP CEO, Sarah Walzer, thanked NY State Senator Flanagan and Assemblyman Thiele for their generous support, “This funding will enable PCHP to continue to provide early literacy and school readiness support to under-resourced families, ensuring that Center Moriches parents have the knowledge, skills, and materials they need to prepare their children to enter school ready to succeed.”  PCHP has been working with families in Center Moriches since 2005, and the books and educational toys that families receive through the Program are often the first reading and learning materials in the home.
“As a result of the funding Center Moriches will receive, our partnership with the Parent-Child Home Program will continue to enhance school readiness for those youngsters most in need of the assistance,” noted Kim Hardwick, Principal, Center Moriches School District.  “The work accomplished through this Program has had a profound impact on our students, as parents are empowered to promote and develop early literacy skills for their own children.  Given the academic challenges that await our students, nothing could be more important than proactive measures to ensure student success and build a strong partnership with parents/guardians.”

About The Parent-Child Home Program:  PCHP is a national early childhood literacy, parenting, and school readiness program.  The evidence-based Program effectively bridges the achievement gap for underserved children through intensive home visiting (twice a week over a two-year period) with children ages two to four and their parents.  Trained Early Learning Specialists model reading, play, and conversation activities using books and educational toys that are gifts to the family.  Over five decades of research demonstrates that PCHP increases parent-child interaction, improves children’s performance on school readiness and third grade assessments, and increases high school graduation rates by 30% – to the same level as middle class students.  To learn more about PCHP’s history, please visit our website: www.parent-child.org.

Media Contact:
Parent-Child Home Program
Courtney Inman Tel: 516.883.7480

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