Our program, for Cambridge families with children between the ages of 18 months and 3 1/2 years, supports parents in their role as their child’s first teacher. We have been a program of the Cambridge Public Schools for over 40 years, and are certified by the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)*, a research-based , nation-wide program.
Our goal is to build on young children’s natural interest in learning by promoting parent-child interaction and play, and by encouraging parents to use everyday items and the world around them as learning tools.
How the Program Works
A trained Home Visitor makes weekly, one-hour visits to play, read and interact with your child and family. Our thematic curriculum based on the interests of young children, and is designed for the way young children learn best…through active involvement. Home Visitors share skills, ideas, resources, and activities related to the curriculum theme.
Each week, the Home Visitor brings a new book and an educational toy or activity. The materials are given to your family, so they can be used again and again. Parents are encouraged to use the books and other materials as often as possible during the time between home visits.
Who can participate?
Families who wish to participate must live in Cambridge and have an age-eligible child [18 months or older, but younger than 42 months by October of that school year].A parent must be present and ready to play and talk with his/her child during visits and be willing to use the new materials during the week.
How to enroll:
Enrollment is ongoing on a first-come, first-served basis. Families (or a representative) should call either Peggy 617.349.6849 or Honey 617.349.6724 or come by our office to enroll.
Honey Schnapp, Program Coordinator
Peggy Beucler, Assistant Program Coordinator
Cambridge Public Schools
110 Cushing Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617.349.6724 or 617.349.6849
Program Site Supervisor: Mary Grassi
For information about the nation-wide Parent-Child Home Program, please click here.