Early Literacy Specialists

Families are visited twice weekly by well-trained and supervised home visitors, 30 minutes each time. There are at least 92 visits with the family over two school years.  The home visitor models reading, playing and conversation activities.

Educational Gift Each Week

Each week the home visitor brings a gift of a new book or toy. But the biggest gift is the sharing of words. Children in low-income homes typically hear only 13 million words by the age of three, compared with 45 million in middle-income homes.

Parent = First Teacher

This program provides each parent with the skills to be the child’s first, best teacher. This bond is critical to school preparedness and the benefits last.  Everyone wins!

Prepared for Success
Tracked as a group, the children:

  • Develop the cognitive and social-emotional skills children need for school success.

  • Enter school as prepared as their middle-class peers.

  • Are 50% less likely to need special education classes.

  • Perform at or above state and national norms throughout elementary and middle school.

  • Graduate from high school at the same rate as middle-class students (30% higher than the control group in a study.)

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50-year Track Record
For 50 years PCHP National has served vulnerable families among those who are:

  • Living in poverty

  • Non-native English speaking

  • Low literacy or illiterate

  • Living in isolated rural or urban areas

  • Recent immigrants

  • Teen parents, single moms or dads, or grandparents raising grandchildren


This program [PCHP] arguably has the best cost-benefit ratio of any literacy program. Its years of data demonstrate that it actually changes parental behaviors... and prompts parents to foster language development in their children.
— Dr. Todd Risley, co-author of the landmark book Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children

Dr. Risley is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska and a Senior Scientist at the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas. He has authored more than 100 professional articles, as well as five books and monographs, which have been widely cited and reprinted.