Congratulations CMSD National Winner

Parent-Child Home Program - Fall 2012 Newsletter

Parent Literacy National Champion

The Parent-Child Home Program is proud to recognize the wonderful accomplishments of our first National Parent Literacy Champion from the Center Moriches School District, Tammy Edwards. Tammy and her almost four-year-old daughter, Ayanah, live on the Poospatuck Indian Reservation in Mastic, New York. Tammy found out about The Parent-Child Home Program when Helen Fechter, PCHP site coordinator from Center Moriches, came to the Reservation community center where Tammy works. Tammy thought it was an excellent opportunity to get her daughter started with her education early and decided to enroll.

Tammy and Ayanah completed two years in the Program, and Tammy has seen the positive impact of the Program both on her relationship with her daughter and in Ayanah’s development. Ayanah couldn’t wait for her twice weekly meetings with her home visitor, Helen, and the trio delighted in reading favorites like “Big Red Dog” and putting together puzzles. Tammy reflected on her experience, noting, “This Program helped motivate my daughter and me to spend time reading and learning together. I saw that my daughter was learning, but also enjoying herself, which is a great feeling for a parent.” Tammy has since referred many families on the Reservation to the Program and has seen that her friends and neighbors are now more motivated to spend time with their children as well.

Tammy recently enrolled in a Home Health Aide certification program and, ultimately, wants to go to Nursing School. She attributes her desire to continue her own education to the experience she had with PCHP: “I swear by this Program and I really think it made a positive difference for Ayanah and me.”