The Leake & Watts Parent Child Home Program

Leake & Watts firmly believes that every child deserves to be prepared for kindergarten and ready to succeed in school. Concerned with the fact that millions of children from low-income families are inadequately prepared for Kindergarten and struggle for years to catch up to their peers, Leake & Watts provides the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) to support low-income families in the Bronx with children ages 18 months to 33 months.

PCHP is an evidence-informed, early childhood home-visiting program which focuses on:

  • developing pre-literacy skills which promote school readiness,
  • promoting positive parenting skills,
  • building positive child-parent interactions, and
  • enhancing children’s social and emotional development.

Program Model

Twice a week, PCHP Home Visitors join each family at home to help parents and/or caregivers learn how to support the educational foundation of their child, bringing free books and educational toys that will help nurture the child’s development.  For many parents, learning to be a part of their child’s education is an important and empowering experience.  Critically, our program focuses on the children of several high-risk populations in the Bronx, including teen mothers who are currently in or have been in foster care, mothers/caregivers who are currently receiving or have received Preventive Services, children of parents who speak little or no English, and other low-income families. 

Impact of PCHP on Elementary School Performance

While many children from low-income families are likely to be behind even by Kindergarten, to drop out of high school, and to become reliant on the social service system at some point in their lives, the children in our program have a strong foundation in place when they start preschool and a running start in elementary school.

Research shows that PCHP graduates are at least 50% better prepared for school than their peers. When given a kindergarten readiness screening, PCHP graduates who attend prekindergarten tend to score 10.2 months above their chronological age on average, while prekindergarten students who have not attended PCHP score 4.9 months above their chronological age. PCHP graduates are less likely to need special education services or other remedial services and are less likely to be retained in a grade.

Impact of PCHP on High School Graduation Rates

Only 53.9% of children from low-income families and neighborhoods graduate from high school if they have not had PCHP.  Significantly, 68% children from low-income families who have completed one year of PCHP and 84.1% of children who have fully completed the two year PCHP program graduate from high school.  That 30% increase in graduation rates means that PCHP graduates go on to graduate from high school at the same rate as their middle-income peers.

Impact of PCHP on Parent-Child Relationships

Because PCHP works with both the child and the parent(s), the program strengthens family relationships and prepares parents to be their child’s first and most important teacher.  Parents’ participation and acceptance of this important role is critical to the success of the program and the continuing progress and achievement of their children. Within families participating in PCHP, all participating parents experience an enriched, more enjoyable relationship with their children and 80% of parents increase their knowledge of age-appropriate expectations.