Parent-Child Home Program

The CARE Center was awarded $59,500 for the 2013-2014 Parent-Child Home Program, for parents with children ages 15 months-4 years of age in accordance with The Children's Trust and City of Miami Beach.

The Parent-Child Home Program is an evidenced-based research-validated early childhood literacy, parenting, and school readiness program.

Adrian Dominican School of Education graduate students will be trained to work with families who have not had access to educational and economic opportunities, preparing children for academic success and strengthening families through intensive modeling behaviors.

Across the country, millions of children begin kindergarten unprepared. They are "left behind" as early as the first day of school. These children have not adequately experienced quality verbal interaction or books. They have not been exposed to play and interactive experiences that encourage problem-solving and appropriate social-emotional development. They do not have the language skills they need to successfully interact with their teachers and their classmates. They may not be able to control their behaviors or emotions as well as other students. They may have heard more discouragements than encouragements. Without the skills they need to successfully adjust to the classroom, they begin their academic careers behind their peers. Many of these children will never catch up.

The Parent-Child Home Program bridges this "preparation gap" by helping families challenged by poverty, limited education, language and literacy barriers, and other obstacles to school success prepare their children to enter school ready to be in the classroom.