Family Center

Program Description

Educational disadvantages take root early and are difficult to overcome and falling behind early can have serious lifelong effects on the child’s education and economic success.

Our Family Centers has been helping southern Chester County parents carry out their role as their children’s first teachers since 2006. Our bilingual, bicultural Parent Educators use the nationally-recognized, evidence-based Parents as Teachers (PAT) Born to Learn™ home visiting model which equips parents with the information, support, resources, and encouragement they need to provide their children with the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our Parent Educators:

  • Screen all children for developmental delays and link to Early Intervention services, if necessary
  • Complete structured home visits with activities geared toward teaching kids preschool skills and involving parents in their child’s education
  • Facilitate group educational activities with age-appropriate curriculum
  • Enroll uninsured, eligible children into health insurance
  • Teach bilingual parenting education; and
  • Conduct an intensive summer-long Kindergarten Transition Program focused on preparing incoming kindergartners and their parents for school and assisting parents with school registration.

“The Kennett Square 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

If you are interested in contributing with children items like books or toys, please contact Cecilia Arce, Director of Programs at carce@ccmchc.org

Impact

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GivingTuesdayNow is on May 5th

MCHC continues providing services during this difficult time. We are grateful for your support. Our program participants are receiving services remotely during this public health crisis either through (IVC) interactive video conferencing using WhatsApp application to have two way, real-time, audiovisual communication between MCHC staff members and Family (parent and target child and others) or through telecommunication (audio phone calls) and following the guidelines from "Parents and Teachers curriculum" during this difficult time; ensuring staff is able to share important COVID-19 information as the situation evolves. Our staff is able to support the majority of parents who are at home with their children and provide them with interactive activities that are conducive to their children’s learning and development. In addition, the staff is directing and providing different resources including healthcare access to families in different communities. Your generosity is making a huge difference in the life of many children. We are providing support to families around the County with basic items including diapers, formula, personal care items, and food box donations. Just in the past month, MCHC staff have delivered over 85 food boxes from Chester County Food Bank, diapers, formula, and other baby items and we estimate an increasing need in the coming weeks. Family Benefit Specialists continue doing Health Insurance and SNAP benefits enrollments on a daily basis. While many other local human service organizations are closed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, our capacity to support families virtually allowed us to adjust our program structure within a week. Support from donors like you will enable us to sustain our program infrastructure and support our staff as we continue serving vulnerable families in our community.