Parent-Child Home Program - Looking for Volunteers
Do you or someone you work with or know love playing and reading with preschool children and their families? Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba is looking for volunteers to help deliver a program focusing on just that – our Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP). And we hope you can help by spreading the word to your staff (or family and friends!).
PCHP is an early childhood literacy, parenting, and school readiness program. Its goals are to help strengthen the relationship between parent and child by supporting the parent in helping their preschooler learn. PCHP has been running in Brandon for over 30 years through our Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre, which is the only nationally certified site in Canada to offer such a program.
PCHP’s success relies on volunteers called Home Visitors. They are trained and matched to a family, then visit the family home and use specially chosen books and toys to model play, communication, learning, and positive interaction between the parent and child.
Volunteer Home Visitor training starts in October 2017. They also attend weekly meetings for ongoing training and support. The time commitment for a PCHP Home Visitor is about three hours a week for 23 weeks. Volunteers visit the family’s home twice weekly for 30 minutes each between October and the end of April.