Bring ParentChild+ to Your Community
The ParentChild+ National Center makes it possible for you to bring our program to your community, to ensure every child has the opportunity to enter school ready to succeed.
What Do You Need To Know To Start A ParentChild+ Site?
HOW TO IDENTIFY A LOCAL PARTNER AGENCY
Local partner organizations typically include social service agencies, school districts, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, libraries, individual schools, charter schools, community health centers, and colleges and universities.
HOW TO IDENTIFY AND OBTAIN FUNDING
The local partner organization, in consultation with the National Center, obtains funding to implement the program in the community. ParentChild+ sites access funding from diverse sources, including federal, state, and local public agencies, as well as from school districts, foundations, corporations, United Ways, local service organizations, and local businesses. National Center staff are available to work with local agencies to identify funding sources and develop proposals.
HOW TO HIRE AND TRAIN SITE COORDINATOR
Site Coordinators, most often certified early childhood teachers or social workers, are the employees of the local partner agency. They are trained by the National Center and oversee all aspects of the local replication site, including hiring/training/supervising community-based early learning specialists; recruiting/selecting families; maintaining demographic, programmatic, and assessment and evaluations data in the Management Information System; selecting appropriate curricular materials for the populations being served; and serving as the social service and community resource referral point person for all program families.
HOW TO HIRE AND TRAIN EARLY LEARNING SPECIALISTS
Early learning specialist (ELSs) are hired by the partner agencies from the community being served to conduct twice-weekly home visits with the families. They should speak the home language of the families; share a community and/or cultural background; enjoy interacting with young children; relate to parents/caregivers as equal partners; exhibit warmth and patience; and be nonjudgmental and flexible in adapting to the home setting. ELSs must participate in a minimum of 16 hours of training and go through a background check before working with families. They must complete written reports after each family visit. Their job also includes participation in weekly staff supervision meetings and trainings led by the Site Coordinator.
CREATE A COMMUNITY NETWORK
The local site staff is responsible for working with local community agencies to create a referral network to support families. The Site Coordinator will also work with these agencies to recruit eligible families to ParentChild+. These agencies include health clinics, food pantries, WIC programs, schools/school districts, early intervention services, Head Start programs, and social service and mental health agencies.
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