The ParentChild+ model is designed to build school readiness where it starts: the home. Each family is matched with a community-based Early Learning Specialist (ELS). Each week, the ELS brings a new high-quality book or educational toy that is a gift to the family.  Using the book or toy, the visitor models reading, conversation, and play activities designed to stimulate parent-child interaction and promote the development of the verbal, cognitive, and social-emotional skills that are critical for children’s school readiness and long-term school success.

Become a ParentChild+ Family

If you are a parent of a 1 to 2 year-old child and live in Columbus, you may be eligible for a special program that helps prepare your child later for school success! The ParenChild+ program provides a home visitor who visits twice-a-week over a two-year period. Families receive a free book or toy every week.

The Benefits:
  • FREE educational books and toys for your child
  • Strong relationships with the home visiting staff
  • Get connected to a wide range of community resources including: food, housing, health, and educational services.
  • Staff work with families to ensure that children are enrolled in high-quality center-based preschool upon completion of the program
This program is made possible with support from our community partners:
  • American Electric Power Foundation
  • Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation
  • Ingram-White Castle Foundation
  • PNC
  • Siemer Family Foundation

Become a Home Visitor

Are you someone who likes to work with young children? Do you feel comfortable working with parents? Then you might be a candidate for an awesome opportunity as an Early Learning specialist?

The Commitment:
  • Availiability to work with families (with breaks) from September to May or June 2019-2020
  • Training (a total of 16 hours or less depending on you background/experience)
  • Family Visit: you visit your family for 30 minutes twice a week
  • Paperwork: you record each visit on an easy to use form
  • Group Supervision/Meetings: occur once per week when visits are scheduled
Contact Marybeth Auletto at 614.253.5525 ext. 211 or for more information.