The ParentChild+ program, which is part of a nationwide initiative began in 1965 to prepare children for success in school.
This FREE program is for children 16 months to 3 years old and their caregivers. The program is available to all families in southern Berkshire County.
A trained Early Learning Mentor will visit with the child and caregiver twice a week for 30 minutes. Each week the family will receive a free book or educational toy for the family to keep! Our mentors share reading and playing skills with caregivers to enhance child development and eventual success in school. The program is offered for two years and follows the local public school calendar.
The key goals of the program are:
- Empower caregivers by giving them the knowledge, skills, and resources to start early education in their own home, as their child’s first teacher;
- Give the child the skills needed for success in school;
- Strengthen caregiver-child attachment in order to foster family resilience.
The ParentChild+ program coordinator is a community-based Licensed Clinical Social Worker, which is an added value to the program. Our social worker offers the Ages & Stages developmental screening twice a year to each family and acts as a referral source, as needed, for support services offered by CHP and other area agencies.
The program has been operating in Central and Northern Berkshire County for the past 25 years. In 2015 it was CHP’s pleasure to expand it to South County. The program is based at CHP Family Services with generous grants from Berkshire United Way, Department of Early Education and Care, and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Cynthia Segui, LICSW
(413) 717-6260 or email@example.com