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Parent-Child Home Program

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When parents become their children’s first and best teachers, kids start school on a path to success.

Three out of four low-income kids in Washington are behind their peers when they start kindergarten. These kids have as much potential as any child. They and their parents simply face bigger obstacles.

The Parent-Child Home Program zeroes in on the preparation gap by supporting parents during the crucial early years of their children’s development.

Nationwide, more than 84% of kids who complete the Parent-Child Home Program graduate from high school – compared to just 54% of their socioeconomic peers.

How it Works

The key is reaching struggling, low-income families when and where it matters most – in the home, when children are 2 and 3 years old. We offer specific, respectful support to help parents prepare their kids for success.

In-Home visits. Trained parent coaches visit families twice a week for two years.

Educational books and toys. Coaches bring a book or toy each week and model educational play.

Cultural relevance. Families are matched with coaches of the same language and cultural background.

Success to Date

In 2014, we served 1,000 families across King County through nine partner agencies. We also documented fantastic results from last year’s graduating class of children:

95% of kids who started the program two years ago completed it successfully.

85% showed significant increases in school-readiness skills like being able to focus on activities and using language to communicate their needs.

83% of parents exhibited positive behaviors that will help kids succeed in school, like providing focused attention and using encouraging language.

Decades of national research prove that this early impact will extend throughout the educational journey. Long-term results of program participation include higher scores on standardized tests, reduced need for special-education classes, and higher rates of high school graduation.

Our Goal: To Help Every Family That Wants Support

With your support, we can make the Parent-Child Home Program available to even more low-income families. Our goal is to double the percentage of kids in our community who are ready for kindergarten – from 40% in 2015 to 80% in 2020.

The Parent-Child Home Program is one of the most powerful United Way programs. It’s such a good investment in our kids and has long-term benefits for our community.

Matt Griffin
Pine Street Group
Former Campaign Chair & Pillar-Level Donor

Ways your support could be acknowldeged:  Your logo on the program’s page at, the United Way Website  Potential mention in neighborhood newspapers and blogs  Potential mention in social media (e.g. Facebook posts and Tweets).

For more information on this or any investment opportunity, please contact your Resource Development Officer or Darryl Brown at 206.461.5049.

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