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FPS Shares the Plate (Feb 21) with Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)

Sunday, Februarfull collection platey 21 we will share the plate with the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP), which uses trained home visitors to bring high-quality books and toys into the homes of low-income children ages 2 and 3. The volunteers also model for the parent or parents how to use them to enhance cognitive development and the parent-child relationship . Children who have been through this two-year program are readier for school than their peers, are less likely to be retained in grade, and years later are 30% more likely to graduate from high school. The program, which has been replicated around the world since its creation in 1965, also enhances the efficacy and self-esteem of the parents. They tend to become more involved in their children’s schooling, and some go on to get more schooling themselves. The Massachusetts program serves about 1000 families per year, in some 40 communities.

Approximately once a month we share our morning offering with a worthy non-profit organization that is brought to our attention usually by one of our congregants. Peg Espinola was the former coordinator of the program in Newton, Waltham, Wellesley and Framingham. We hope you will give generously this Sunday.