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Parent Child Home Program

The Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) is a home visiting program that helps families prepare their children for preschool. Research shows that children who enter school with fewer skills than their peers are seldom able to catch up. The City of Seattle funds the program in partnership with United Way of King County.

The program begins when a child is two years old and continues for two years. A home visitor is assigned to the participating family and visits them for 30 minutes twice a week, for at least 23 weeks in a year, on a schedule convenient for the parents.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Increase pre-literacy skills for the child
  • Improve social-emotional development for the child
  • Enhance interactions between parents and children
  • Strengthen positive parent behavior

The program serves approximately 200 families in southeast and southwest Seattle who live in poverty and have children of color. Priority is given to African American, Chinese, Laotian, Samoan, Native American, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Ethiopian, Somalian and other immigrant and refugee families.

The Parent Child Home Program was launched November 2005 by the Business Partnership for Early Learning and the City of Seattle. Here is a list of currently funded agencies.


For more information about Seattle Human Services Department-funded services for children and families, call 206-386-1017 or e-mail

For more information about national PCHP programs go to the Parent-Child Home Program Web site.

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.