About the program
Starting off behind in school can lead to lasting impacts on a person’s growth and future achievements. We started the Family Center home-visiting program in 2006 to help families in southern Chester County with children ages 0-5 years-old navigate the complex challenges of parenthood and early childhood, and prepare children for kindergarten. Bilingual Parent Educators use the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model to help parents to help their children build the skills necessary to succeed in their earliest years of school and nurture a love for learning. Enrollment in the program is voluntary and at no cost to participants. The program includes:
- Screening children for developmental delays (i.e. hearing, vision, speech, motor skills) and referrals to early intervention services if necessary.
- Introducing age-appropriate developmental milestones and activities for families to achieve them.
- Help enrolling children in school, health insurance, obtaining up to date vaccinations.
- Group workshops on topics of interest for parents such as diabetes and heart disease prevention, budgeting, first time homebuying and tenant rights, and more.
- Two-week summer Kindergarten Transition Program that gives children the opportunity to get comfortable in a classroom, socialize with their peers, and gain age-appropriate skills prior to starting school in the Fall.
“The Family Center has been an excellent resource for the parents of young children. As a public health nurse, I see the need for families to have guidance in parenting at young ages, and to receive the support in enrolling their children in kindergarten. I make many referrals to the Family Center and consider myself a strong partner. I feel that this referral extends and enriches what I have started teaching in the home, and without the Family Center’s continuing service, my intervention will have less effect. We leverage each other’s interventions to provide a continuum of care, which has the greatest hope of breaking the chain of poor child care.”
– Joan Holliday, Public Health Nurse, Chester County Health Department
Manager of Family Center Programs
610-344-5370 x 115