On May 16, 2012 Dr. Michael Karp, the City’s representative to the Miami Dade County School Board, recognized Parent-Child Home Program, for its efforts to improve literacy and increase language among toddlers and pre-school children, and enhance social and emotional development while strengthening the parent-child relationship.
The Parent-Child Home Program is an evidenced-based research-validated early childhood literacy, parenting and school readiness program designed for low-income Parents with children aged 16 months-4 years of age.
Since October 2011, the City of Miami Beach has partnered with Barry University’s Adrian Dominican School of Education-Counseling Department to deliver services to up to 50 children and their parents. Funded via a $150,000 grant from The Children’s Trust, the program provides twice-weekly home visits and free books by trained Home Visitors who model reading, play, and other activities to children and parents during a two-year enrollment.
ADSOE graduate students are 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.