The Slavic Family Support program implements the Parent-Child Home Program, a proven national early childhood and parenting program that serves families with small children challenged by poverty, low-levels of education, language barriers, and other obstacles to educational success. Program activities are focused on strengthening families and preparing children to succeed in school by increasing parent-child verbal interaction.
Refugee families with children ages 2 to 5 years old are visited twice a week for two years. In play sessions together with the parent and child, the Home Visitor models parenting techniques emphasizes verbal interacting and learning through play, using carefully chosen books and toys that are gifts to the families. The program works with Russian-speaking parents assisting them with development children’s literacy and language skills and prepares children to enter school ready to succeed. Our goals and purposes include:
- Advise regarding the planning and implementation of the preschool program
- Increase home participation of family members in the educational experience of pre-preschool children
- Educate members of our community about benefits of quality early childhood education programs
- Communicate between the school system, other city organizations, and our children’s parents and guardians
For more information on the Slavic Family Support Program, email Andrey Kovalenko, Program Director.