Parent-Child Home Program
The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is a home-based early literacy program for eligible families with infants and toddlers. In two half-hour sessions each week over a two-year period, home visitors model for parents how to read and play with their children to promote positive parent-child interaction, literacy development, and a language-rich home environment. PCHP reinforces the parent's role as their child's first and most important teacher and provides them with the guidance and supports to promote quality early learning opportunities for their children.
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) provides grant funding to 25 PCHP replication sites in 27 counties.
For more information, please visit the PCHP National Center's website at www.parent-child.org
The Pennsylvania Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) is a nurse home visiting program that helps eligible first-time parents experience healthy pregnancies, learn how to take good care of their babies, and make plans for the future. Home visits by registered nurses promote the physical, cognitive and social-emotional development of the children and provide general support as well as instructive parenting skills to the parents. Services are provided to families prenatally until the child reaches two years of age.
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) provides grant funding to 22 NFP replication sites in 39 counties.
For more information, please visit the National NFP website at www.nursefamilypartnership.org
Children's Trust Fund
The Pennsylvania Children's Trust Fund (PA CTF) is dedicated to funding innovative and creative community-based child abuse and neglect prevention programs. Specific emphasis for funding is placed on primary prevention programs that focus on the prevention of abuse before it occurs for the first time. PA CTF was established pursuant to Act 151 of 1988, the Children's Trust Fund Act.
PA CTF is led by a 15-member Board of Directors and administered by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). The PA CTF Board consists of three members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, three members of the Pennsylvania Senate and nine citizens appointed by the Governor. The Deputy Secretary for OCDEL under the Departments of Public Welfare and Education serves as the Executive Director to the Board.
The Pennsylvania Children's Trust Fund is funded through revenue generated from a $10 surcharge on all marriage and divorce applications filed in the Commonwealth. Additionally, gifts, donations, interest and sometime federal funds contribute to our revenue.
PA CTF recently established the nonprofit supporting organization, Friends of the Children's Trust Fund (Friends). The purpose of this organization is to raise additional funds through philanthropy and promote awareness of CTF, while publicizing the program and its mission. The main objective of Friends will be to increase CTF revenues and indentify and secure new areas of funding.
Pennsylvania's CTF has been investing in prevention efforts since 1990, and through 2008, a total of $29,819,001 has been awarded to 234 programs.
For more information, please visit the Friends of the Children's Trust Fund website at www.pactf.org